8 Winter Items You Can Modify for Spring

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8 Winter Items You Can Modify for Spring
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You spent all winter hibernating in some of the hottest styles. Now that the temperature's rising, it's time to stow winter apparel away before spring. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you need to push it all aside until next winter. Monica Diaz, New York-based personal stylist and owner of Monica Diaz Mode, shares how to transition eight of winter's coolest looks into spring's most sizzling must-haves.

Maxi Skirt
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Maxi Skirt

Remember that maxi skirt you were rocking during the winter months? Well, swap out the boots and chunky sweater for a pair of platform sandals and a T-shirt, and voila, you're ready for spring, Diaz says. Have fun with it like "It's Complicated" actress Caitlin Fitzgerald who wore this multi-hued skirt and solid-colored top during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

Red Jeans
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Red Jeans

Don't pack those red jeans away just yet. Check out how designer Nanette Lepore wore them with this funky, sleeveless, red-and-black top at the Cinema Society and "People StyleWatch" screening in New York City. Or, for an easy, clean look, Diaz suggests wearing them with a crisp, white shirt and nude sandal.

Scarf
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Scarf

A big scarf, like this one that executive producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom wore during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, kept you warm and cozy all winter. No need to toss it out now that spring is here. "It can be tied to your handbag to give your outfit some color," Diaz said. "Or as a bonus, you can wear it as a shawl whenever you feel a little cold."

Cardigan
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Cardigan

The cardigan was one of winter's most popular pieces, easily styled over a pair of leggings and boots. You don't have to say goodbye to it just yet. Wear it open over a T-shirt and a pair of linen shorts, Diaz says, or go edgy with it like singer Jessie J did in this photo from the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball in London.

Mini Skirt
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Mini Skirt

During the cold months, nothing said chic like a mini skirt with tights and a sweater. Now it's time to show off those legs, as actress Christa B. Allen did in this mini at the H&M Collection Launch in Los Angeles. For a more casual look, try your mini with an oversize T-shirt and flats, Diaz says.

Sweater
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Sweater

A gray sweater, like the one singer Kelly Rowland wore to the Kelly Rowland/TW Steel partnership celebration in London, is the perfect match with black in cooler weather. Now it's time to make that look fresh for spring and pair it with whites and a bright-colored shoe, Diaz says.

Booties
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Booties

Sure, those booties you wore with the skinny jeans and a sweater were cute and on trend during the winter season, but now it's time to move the dial to sexy and wear them with a short skirt or dress and bare legs, Diaz suggests. Try a pair like these gold booties that singer Rita Ora wore to the 2012 Pre-BAFTA dinner in London.

Dark Nail Polish
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Dark Nail Polish

Dark nail polish, like the kind actress Gabrielle Union is shown here wearing to the Hollywood film premiere of "Think Like A Man," can easily transition into spring. Just follow these simple steps: "Make the spring version of the color by wearing one coat of the color and then do a beautiful softer shade on top it," Diaz said. "You will get a beautiful color."

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