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Spring Fashion Forward

Diablo's teen blogger offers her local picks for the season.



If cerulean skies and vibrant blossoms are any indication, spring has arrived, at last. Along with the radiant season comes a plethora of refreshing new fashions, from bold sandals to pink leather. Whether you’re jetting off to the Riviera or planning to enjoy the season locally, the East Bay has stores that offer chic, affordable pieces.

Commemorate the season with this citrus-hued dress (pictured right). To accentuate its feminine silhouette and bright tones, add an azure-blue collar necklace. Reflective cat-eye shades lend an edgy, modern vibe to this otherwise-ladylike look. | Dress, $28; Sunglasses, $22 (Nordstrom)

No getaways planned? No problem. Channel the breezy ocean from the burbs in a flowy, ethereal top, which is complemented by structured navy shorts and a straw fedora. Slip on a pair of sunset-orange sandals to add a burst of color to the earthy ensemble. | Top, $12 (Lovers + Friends, Singer22.com); Shorts (Forever 21); Hat, $28 (Nordstrom); Shoes, $69 (Steve Madden, Nordstrom)

Color-blocked shorts add a twist to breezy whites, a classic spring staple. Don them on a warm night out for a comfortable and polished look. A black leather top complements the offbeat vibe. Try accessorizing the outfit with bursts of color. An oversized magazine-print clutch is alluring, while matching bright cuff bracelets complete the outfit. | Top, $35 (Bloomingdale’s Outlet); Shorts, $35 (Bloomingdales outlet); Clutch, $27 (Amazon.com)

Emulate the season’s rosy blossoms in this soft embellished top. Its delicate tones are meticulously offset with a pink leather skirt, giving the outfit a subtle flirty feel. A floppy hat and patent wedges complete the look, creating a luxe vintage but versatile feel. | Top, $38; Skirt, $42; Hat, $20 (Nordstrom)

Whether you’re celebrating the warm weather with a sunny lunch out, or schmoozing at a party, you will surely be dressed to impress.