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When Spring Has Sprung, Suits Should Suit You Just Fine

Thursday, March 24, 2005; Page C02

Each season is a fresh wardrobe start. For spring, focus on suits.

"Ideally, look for a skirt suit in a stiffer, lightweight fabric -- like cotton mixed with some synthetic to give it shape, in a lighter neutral color," says Stacy London, fashion expert on TLC's "What Not to Wear." "My favorite is khaki because it doesn't show dirt as easily as cream or white but looks spring-appropriate and great when mixed with brights."

Tracy Reese belted jacket ($435) and tapered pants ($270) at Hysteria, 125 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. (Julia Ewan - The Washington Post)

The great thing about suits is "you can break them up and create new outfits with the individual elements," she says. "So make sure you love the shape of your suit for you, not some passing trend."

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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