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7 Hot spring fashion trends

Spring staples

In this economy, no one can afford to drop thousands on a fresh wardrobe -- and why should you? We spoke with Ken Downing, the fashion director for Neiman Marcus, to narrow down spring 2010’s 7 must-have trends.

Denim

Jeans are a mainstay that are always in season, but this spring, designers really embraced the trend. "So many designers are looking to American sportswear for inspiration and denim dressing became a strong story," Downing says. And that means denim everything: From shoes to dresses to jackets and even coats. "There are even a lot of fabrics that have been woven and dyed to look like denim," Downing says.

Remember how pairing denim with denim was a definite faux pas? Now, it's in again. So whether you're looking to embrace the new, dressed-up denim looks, fabrics made to look like denim or denim accessories, this spring, jeans are it.

Pictured: Marc by Marc Jacobs diamond denim dress, $298*

Next: Feminine, flowy draping

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