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Hues You Can Use

Thursday, March 31, 2005; Page C02

"After the gray skies, gray clothes of winter, it's always a relief to welcome spring by breaking out the color. This is a particularly auspicious time to do this because fashion is at the height of a color binge right now," says Constance White, eBay's style director.

Pink, she says, is still extremely popular. "We're seeing it on the site, it's on runways, it's still on the street. . . . It's such a sweet, innocent color that speaks of optimism." And there's plenty of blue -- "from turquoise in clothes and jewelry to sky blue and even navy. Even teal, which is a more difficult blue but more sophisticated, will find some traction because it's a great vintage color and actresses have worn it on the red carpet," she says. Also look for coral, cerise pink and salmon. "These softer shades will also crop up in clothes and jewelry. Look too for earth tones, but strong not dowdy, like burnt orange, mustard, green and blue."

Hanging sachets, top, with organic French lavender, $15 each at karengraydesign.com. Catherine Maladrino dragonfly sweater, $396 at Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Lulu Guinness woven rattan print clutch, $162 at Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Beaded belts in multi ($102) and orange ($88) at Sugar, 1633 Wisconsin Ave. NW. White Star mini totes with mini Champagne bottles, $35 each at area liquor stores. Tortoise shades, $8 at fredflare.com. Essie nail polish, $8 each at area salons or 800-232-1155. (Photos Julia Ewan -- The Washington Post)

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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