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Shop local with the 2013 Spring Fashion Guide

By By Haili Z
Feb. 20, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.

From left, flax linen  three-quarter, button sleeve shirt, $69; red, hand-stitched wool elephant purse, $59; Pandora bracelets, starting at $65 (beads starting at $25); embellished knit head wrap, $14-$20; and Jon Hart Burleson bag with cross detail, $289; and vintage gold brooch, $24.

BLACK, WHITE AND GORGEOUS ALL OVER

Chic black- and-white dresses can be found at The Palm Tree Boutique, located in the Whispering Creek Shopping Center off of Navarro Street. The boutique provides the latest collection of versatile dresses from desk to cocktail from Joseph Ribkoff.

URBAN TURBANS

Days Gone Bye, off of North Moody Street downtown, has an assortment of the very headbands I saw at New York Fashion Week. They have a sense of character and style to add to any apparel and include a brooch applique to wear over the forehead.

THIS MAKES ME POP

Rodeo Gypsy, on John Stockbauer, has the exact patterns and pops of color that are on trend. Spring's signature green and other bright beauties in the season's color palette are all on hand at this boutique.

BACK IN BLACK

The Market of Victoria, off of Airline in the Town & Country Shopping Center, houses these key pieces that are on trend with beautifully chic black apparel that is light weight and perfect for the upcoming hot summer months.

Stop and smell the roses

The location of our photo shoot is an escape to a spring paradise.

The Victoria Educational Gardens were created by devoted Master Gardeners and are home to flowers, vines, fruit, turf grasses, bushes, wildflowers and many other florals. The gardens have a pavilion as well, which allows for more than 300-person standing capacity, as well as a stage, break room, seating and much more.

While used as a teaching aid, the gardens prove to be a place where much beauty can be found. A sundial, bird houses and a butterfly garden all adorn this local gem. With spring coming up, it's definitely a cool place to check out. The gardens are open from dawn to dusk, Monday through Friday and are located at 333 Bachelor Drive. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 361-575-4581.

Model citizens

Carol Arroyo makes 30 look fan-freaking-tastic. She's always up-to-date with the latest trends and is a firm believer in you are what you wear. If it sparkles and is dramatic, Arroyo wears it proud and with a sassy, 'I am woman, hear me roar" authority. She loves her Ray-Bans, and her addiction is shoes. Any color, any style - she'll find use for it. "If the shoe fits, buy it," she says.

Caressa Chapa grew up in Victoria and knows well how to mix hometown girl style with big city girl flair. The 27-year-old calls her style tailored, feminine and classic, though she finds it hard to describe her style in just three words. For Chapa, accessories, especially jewelry, really make an outfit pop. She follows no particular designers, but when she's not shopping local, she enjoys White House | Black Market, J.Crew, Banana Republic and Anthropologie. Her absolute fave piece was the red elephant purse from Days Gone Bye. "It's really fun and unique," she said.

Rochelle Richardson is an easy-going Maypearl native who strives for comfort, versatility and classic appeal when she's getting ready to step out of the house. "I only wear makeup on the weekends," she added. The 25-year-old oil company dispatcher can usually be found chilling out with family and her 11-year-old boxer named Debo that she lovingly describes as her little, old man. Currently, her favorite accessory is a pair of black-and-silver Gianni Bini pumps. She admitted she's a shoe girl and said she couldn't live without a great pair of heels.

Felicia "Fe" Vela may be a busy lady, but she always has time for fashion. She's the publicity and education coordinator at the Nave Museum and one of the hosts of the ever-popular Breakfast Buzz on 95.1 KVIC. The 28-year-old Victoria native said she can't live without cute shoes and added that a quality bag is a necessity. Let's be real - without a quality bag, where else would she stow her Taser? The Nave must be the perfect job for her because she said, "Alexander McQueen will always be a favorite designer because his pieces are works of art."

Locally grown

The clothes and accessories in our photo shoot can be found at these local shops and boutiques.

Days Gone Bye

• Address: 508 N. Moody St.

• Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment

• Phone: 361-573-7373

The Market of Victoria

• Address: 1411 E. Airline Road

• Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

• Phone: 361-570-3180

The Palm Tree Boutique

• Address: 6322 N. Navarro St.

• Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

• Phone: 361-576-3611

Rodeo Gypsy Boutique

• Address: 5803 John Stockbauer

• Hours: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday and by appointment

• Phone: 361-649-7833

Editor's note: The Get Out crew isn’t made up of your typical fashionistas. We like our clothes comfy and our shoes flat. That’s why we enlisted stylist extraordinaire Haili Z to help us put together our first Get Out fashion guide. Haili, a Victoria native, has styled models on the runway from Houston to Australia. She arrived in Victoria for our photo shoot at the Victoria Educational Gardens a mere day after scoping out the latest looks at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, so we’re confident she’ll lead you in the right direction when picking out your looks for spring. We’ve made way in the following six pages to really show off the stunning fashion photography, but your favorite Get Out columnists and content will be back next week. Until then, here’s to looking good.

- Luis Rendon

New York's Fall Fashion Week may have just wrapped up its last show, but don't fret over what you might be wearing months from now, take some time to consider what you should be wearing in the next couple of weeks.

With the clouds parting and the sun peeking through, you'll want to be prepared to seamlessly transition your wardrobe from cozy winter warmth to sleek and sexy spring.

The Crossroads isn't particularly known for its fashion, but don't sell our area short. Area boutiques are hidden gems more than qualified with all the latest trends to keep you looking good. So save some gas, support local business and surprise yourself the next time you're in the market for a new outfit.

As for what is in this season, it's a mix of old and new. From classic stunners in black and white to bright head turners, there's something for everyone.

You might think black and white should be left for the darker days of winter, but these solids make the cut. Feminine and chic staple pieces give structure and timeless elegance to any woman's wardrobe. Versatility is key, and if you're craving a pop of color, pair your dresses and tops with a stylish pink blazer or bright pumps.

Turban headbands are also making an impression this season. They were seen on the heads of many at New York Fashion Week and are still coming into play from the fall.

Color endures as a top trend, but the palette has shifted slightly. Green is the go-to color for spring, says Pat McDonald, Days Gone Bye owner. The entire verdant spread - jade, celery, sage, olive, emerald and lime - were all seen on the runway for fall but have made their initial impression in our sunnier months.

Including pops of color is also an easy trend that is sticking around. Pairing orange and pink, specifically, was seen on the runway at New York Fashion Week this month.

If you're not as adventurous and want to stick to a more simplified color scheme, you're in luck. Black on black was a runway favorite at several shows including Mathieu Mirano and Reem Acra. Black apparel adorned with sequins are great transitional pieces to swap out and dress up existing apparel already in wardrobe.

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