Even though Las Vegas isn’t digging itself out of the winter snow, spring is still a very special time of the year for fashion. Fastionistas welcome the chance to wear pretty dresses and update their wardrobe. Stylist and publisher of LV Style Couture magazine, Laura Rubeli, gives her tips on staying fashion forward and outshining the lights on the Strip.
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Laura Rubeli is an image consultant, personal stylist and publisher of LV Style Couture magazine in Las Vegas. She has always had a passion for the fashion industry, studying Sterling Style Academy in New York City and corporate image consulting at the Conselle Institute of Image Management. Rubeli has appeared on KTNV Channel 13 “The Morning Blend” and Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act” on top of writing numerous columns about wardrobe and image. Her columns have appeared in the “Wall Street Journal,” “Las Vegas Review-Journal,” “Las Vegas Woman” magazine, “More” magazine and “Infinity Business” magazine. On top of all these fashion feats, she has also co-authored the book, “Savvy Leadership Strategies for Women.”

Tip 1: Fashion From The 1970s Is Back

Call it bohemian, free spirited or a throwback, but fashion styles from the 1970s have returned. Designers are featuring suede in colors which was very popular on the runways in the ‘70s, especially with the long cuts and bold colors. For more glamor, there are florals and bohemian silhouettes. Fringes are and the flared pant leg are also making a comeback. While updated for 2015, it is still about a fun time in fashion.

Tip 2: The Color Trend For Spring Is Yellow

Rubeli loves that the color yellow is trending for spring. All shades of yellow, from the most pale to almost orange, is being featured in fashion. Michael Kors and Rosie Assoulin are two of the designers showing yellow on the runways.

Tip 3: Gingham Patterns Has Returned

According to Rubeli, after a long hiatus, gingham has returned. It has been around since Judy Garland wore a gingham pinafore in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939, or the pink and white Vichy check dress 1960s star Brigitte Bardot wore when she got married. Gingham is lightweight cotton with either a black and white or bold color checkerboard pattern. Designers such as Michael Kors or Oscar de la Renta have added gingham to the runways and now this fabric is everywhere in fashion.

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Tip 4: Whether You Call Them Culottes or Gauchos, They Are Back

If it’s a culotte from the 1960s or gaucho from the 1970s, Rubeli sees this as the new A-Line skirt for 2015. Designers such as Stella McCartney and J. Crew have embraced the combination skirt and pants. White House Black Market is marketing gauchos to its demographics as a professional but comfortable alternative. Gauchos are being paired with a crop top or high heels as a way to dress them up or down.

Tip 5: Stripes Are Bolder Than Ever

The spring 2015 trend has got to be stripes; big, bold stripes. Coco Chanel started the fashion trend of stripes in 1920s, but they have returned bigger and bolder. Mix and match stripes (and color of stripes) to truly be fashion forward. Don’t settle for just black and white, add bold color for an updated wardrobe. Rebecca Minkoff is one designer who added this trend to her runway show.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (37 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.