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Shift into Neutral

Less is more this spring. Neutral tones, peekaboo details, and delicate draping all make their debut for a soft, feminine, and ultrasexy look.



Shift the focus from front to back, with intricate and sexy back details, exposed zippers, and a little extra skin.

Gold zippered dress by Black Halo, $329, at Alina B. Nico Rich pyrite drop earrings, $160, at McMullen. Flint hand-cut smoked quartz choker necklace, $287, at Alina B. Judith Leiber vintage snakeskin clutch, $118, at Labels Luxury Consignment. Valentino nude pump with bow, $695, at Footcandy, 1365 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, (925) 937-3668, footcandyshoes.com.


 Naturally detailed encrusted jewels are everywhere this season. Look for simple silhouettes to make them shine.

Trelise Cooper Africa print dress, $765, at Redbird. Snake chain tortoise cabochon necklace by Trina Turk, $246, at Iniam. Helen Kaminski vintage wool hat, $70, at Labels Luxury Consignment. Martha Davis ankle strap sandal, $465, at Deliciouz



Left: Go military chic without enlisting by wearing cargo pants with a slim belt and cropped jacket. Right:  Add pizzazz to your daytime look with muted metallics.

Left Image: Cargo pants, $59.50, at Gap, 1272 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 937-0292, gap.com. Streets Ahead bronze skinny belt, $53, at Iniam, 5902 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 597-1558, iniam.com. NPL brown camisole, $98, at Alina B., 1378 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-9037, alinab.com. Snap jacket, $49.95, at H&M, 1450 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-2394, hm.com. Calleen Cordero studded Pyra cuff, $125, at Deliciouz, 1354 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-7489, deliciouz.com. Giorgio Armani vintage tortoiseshell sunglasses, $76, at Labels Luxury Consignment, 1367 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-4566. Lucia green tourmaline necklace by Jeanine Payer, $1,925, at Redbird, 2938 Domingo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 644-0294, redbirdberkeley.com.

Right Image: Beaded metallic tank by Trelise Cooper, $695, at Redbird. Imperial Peacock sweater, $329, at Alina B. Trench skirt, $34.95, at H&M. Laser-cut tote by Alchimia, $319, at Alina B. Tractor-style leather boots, $100, at Penny Sofou, 1386 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 979-1028, pennysofou.com. Silver feather earrings, $90, and handmade silver bracelet, $220, at Liliana Castellanos, 1414 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 402-4093, lilianacastellanos.com. Silver basket ring by Lou Zeldis, $110, at Redbird.


 Left:  Channel your inner Grecian goddess with a delicately draped wrap skirt. Polish it off with a bold statement necklace. Right: Peekaboo makes an appearance with just a hint of peek. Cover up with soft leather to keep layers light.

Left Image: Doo-Ri zip-front cardigan, $245, and 3.1 Phillip Lim faux wrap skirt, $395, at McMullen, 4395 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, (510) 420-6906, shopmcmullen.com. White cotton tank by American Vintage, $49.50, at Alina B. Vintage reptile clutch, $108, at Labels Luxury Consignment. Etten Eller hammered nail collar, $685, at McMullen. Rings Eclectic ring, $86, and Robindira Unsworth quartz drop earrings, $99, at Iniam.

Right Image: Satin body suit by Rapsodia In Nero, $239, at Alina B. 3.1 Phillip Lim leather blazer, $950, at McMullen. Coquette bra by Wacoal, $38, at Dollhouse Lingerie, 3426 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, (925) 648-1199, dollhouselingerie.com. Jeanine Payer Claudine 18K hoop necklace, $605, and Mizuki double heart necklace, $1,275, at Redbird.


Hair & makeup: Brynn Doering/Artmix; Stylist assistants: Sarah Abfalter, Jenn Kaufmann; Model: Heather Michaels/Look Model Agency; Location: Blue Sky Rental Studios

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