Nicole Regalbuto, an employee with White Pepper, shows off some of the latest fashions at the downtown Steamboat Springs store.

Photo by John F. Russell

Nicole Regalbuto, an employee with White Pepper, shows off some of the latest fashions at the downtown Steamboat Springs store.

Steamboat shops dish on fashion trends

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Megan Bragg, an employee at Kali's Boutique in downtown Steamboat Springs, tries on one of the newest items at the downtown Steamboat Springs store.

— For those who weren’t already moved to pack their ski pants, sweaters and boots back into the closet in early March, the calendar indicates it’s officially time to revive the summer wardrobe.

With the cyclical nature of fashion, it might not be necessary to go out and shop for new items, but local shops in Steamboat Springs are stocking the most popular trends in the fashion world today.

Before stepping out into the Steamboat summer, here are a few tips from local fashion professionals on what’s in this year.

Blindingly bright

The Color of the Year for 2012 — named by color authority Pantone — is Tangerine Tango. You might already have seen the orange-red hue gracing the runways, celebrity gossip magazines or the streets of Steamboat. It looks great on a pair of skinny jeans, which are popular this year in a variety of bold colors, and on flowing tops.

But this year, don’t be afraid to wear more than one bright color.

“Colorblocking is one of the biggest trends of the year,” said White Pepper employee Nicole Regalbuto. “I think colored jeans are a great investment.”

Pairing bright jeans with a complementary colored top — navy blue stands out against the tangerine — will really pop.

Go bold to the max

The maxi dress and long skirt trend continues, but don’t be afraid to brighten up flowing lengths of fabric with bold prints.

At Kali’s Boutique on Thursday, employee Megan Bragg tried on a floor-length white dress with a dark blue print.

“This is perfect for summer,” she said.

At Urbane, store manager Kelly Proudley suggested adding a skinny belt or a cropped top to a long dress.

Vintage chic

Think 1960s this summer, with feminine florals, flowing fabrics and a bit of fringe.

Fine pleats have even made a comeback, as evident in Kali’s Boutique.

Proudley said cropped tops are big sellers at Urbane and bright, high-waisted shorts are a great choice for summer business casual.

“I’d pair (high-waisted shorts) with a striped tank and a thin blazer,” Proudley said.

Show some skin

Proudley had this word of advice for men this summer: “Don’t be afraid to put on a man tank,” she said.

She said men’s shorts also are getting a little shorter; the trend is to wear them just above the knee.

Proudley said woven, button-up short-sleeved shirts are big sellers for the guys and that a popular color has been a light, boyish blue.

Accessorize, always

If you haven’t heard of TOMS yet, either Google it or look down the next time you talk a walk down Lincoln Avenue. The American take on the Argentinean alpargata shoe is more than just a growing trend, it’s a movement: TOMS donates a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair purchased.

As for jewelry, Bragg at Kali’s emphasized the “big and bold” trend once again, and the return of bangles.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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