Trend alert: Gladiator sandals are still strong for spring!

  
The strappy gladiator sandal has been around for the past season or two, but it is still popular with designers. The strappy sandals made their way into many spring collections. The chicest, new versions are patent leather with a “mod” vibe. 
 
Flat, natural leather styles of this sandal are best kept for casual beach wear. If you like this trend, be prepared to spend.; good looking versions are not cheap. The only really nice value-priced pair we found was at heels.com from Carlos Santana for $69.29.
 
So if you are dying for a pair, then start looking now, or plan to spend big to get your Roman on.
 
DolceDolceTip: Be conscious of your calf shape, height, and body silhouette when choosing a gladiator sandal. Look at yourself in a three-way mirror to make sure the length of the sandal is flattering to your leg and over-all body proportions. This is a tricky look to pull off if you have heavy calves, are too short, or if the sandal is too long for your leg.
Jimmy Choo Mogul Suede Gladiator Sandals, $1,495
Ginseng T-strap – Camel from Carlos by Carlos Santana, on sale, $69.29
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Go graphic, go mod!

Katherine Ross in the Graduate Strong black and white graphic prints and designs with a 1960s “Mod” vibe is a strong trend for spring.
 
I love this fun, young trend. You can dress it down for work or take it to the extreme for an evening out with miniskirts, cut-outs, and bold graphics.
 
If you love of the clean, hip look of such movies as The Graduate with Anne Bancroft’selegant but sexy black and white wardrobe, or Katharine Ross’s short, pristine princess coats and dresses, you will love the modern interpretations of this look by designers Alexander Wang and Jason Wu.
 
If you swoon over pictures of Twiggy in pop art print minis, you will adore Marc Jacobs’s mod graphics separates.
 
The new takes on these looks are edgier and more grown up than the original 1960s mod look that ran to a short baby-doll. This season’s clothes have slick appeal that is more cat than kitten.
 
Execute this trend
Keep lines clean; the look is bold with clean without any flounces, ruffles, or bows. Look for top-notch construction, top-stitching, and quality fabrics.
 
Pair up classic black and white pieces in your wardrobe to work the trend.
 
Look for slick and shiny accents: think patent leather, chains, and Plexiglas.
 
Look for bold graphic prints and shapes. Stay away from florals, unless they are big pop art flowers.
 
Update classic black and white dresses and separates with a bold, “mod” piece of jewelry. A statement necklace or ring is a fun, inexpensive way to try on this trend. These fun accents will work brilliantly paired with plain white or black t-shirts.
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