While it may feel far from spring in your part of the country, the new season is actually just around the corner – and with it comes a whole new variety of trends in fashion and accessories. Spring 2014 runways showed off a dazzling display of ideas to help you elegantly shed those bulky winter layers; here are some of our favorites:

Sporty Sandals
After a couple of seasons of thick socks and knee-high boots, it’s natural to want to give your toes a little more room to breathe. This spring, the sandal takes a sporty spin: Bright colors, thick straps and soles, and an overall casual look make these dressed-down versions of the springtime staple a comfier alternative – and a nice relief after months of structured shoes. Reasons to Dress offers a great round-up of pairs to try:

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Earth Tones
While muted shades of olive green, brown and beige are more typically thought of as “fall colors,” they were all over the spring 2014 fashion runways. And they actually lend themselves quite nicely to warmer weather, when thought of as less severe neutrals than black or charcoal grey. Wear them head-to-toe for a monochromatic look, or add a splash of springtime color. New York Magazine’s The Cut has compiled some examples straight from the runways:

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… And speaking of springtime color: It appears that the pastel du jour this year is lovely lilac. While the Pantone Color of the Year 2014 has been declared Radiant Orchid, this softer shade may be easier to incorporate into your wardrobe – and it’s definitely more season-appropriate. From eyeshadow to nail polish to head-to-toe ensembles, lilac adds a touch of sweetness without being too saccharine. Try it out in small doses with an accessory or two, or go all-out like the examples here:

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Not quite Pocahontas and not quite 1920’s retro, this season’s fringe manages to strike a balance between dramatic and subtle texture. As the hottest designers showed, the trend can also be surprisingly versatile: evening gowns, slouchy boots, crop tops, embellished sweatshirts – fringe is popping up everywhere these days!

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Sharp Pleats
Looking for texture, but fringe just isn’t your thing? Try incorporating some bold, sharp pleats into your wardrobe. The preppier answer to fringe, sharp pleats are popping up in unexpected ways this spring. When used to accent structured silhouettes and geometric patterns, the classic folds take on a more modern edge – and look nothing like a pleated schoolgirl uniform.

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Tea-Length Skirts
To be really on-trend this spring, combine sharp pleats with this ladylike item: Tea-length skirts are definitely making a comeback! Super-flattering and wearable, this in-between length is great for the office, a springtime wedding – or even just brunch with the girls. Glamour Magazine offers three totally different takes on the trend:

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And there you have it – some of our favorite Spring 2014 Style Trends! What are you most looking forward to wearing this next season?

By Liana Orenstein