Fresh Attitudes For Spring

February 27, 1994|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Fashion Editor

Spring clothes will be coming into play before you can say crocus. The mood is young, especially in weekend wear that takes cues from classroom and playground. Cuts are cute, prints are small and sweet, and colors range across the whole Crayola rainbow.

In the schoolgirl style, A stands for A-line, this spring's hottest shape for the slim and leggy. There are flirty slip dresses, small tank tops over bouncy pleats and baby-doll party ruffles.

The mix is one of naivete and naughtiness, with sheer gowns that look as innocent as batiste baby dresses and sensible dark stockings that reveal the thigh.

However, women who want clothes for the real world and have little patience for childish looks have options. They can go the A-line in longer, narrow-shouldered jackets or tunics worn over a flared skirt or full and fluid pants. They can ignore neons and choose neutrals -- the stronger color direction now, seen in every permutation of nature's own paint box.

Tank dresses and slip shapes may be worn as underpinnings for a sheer breezy duster or gauzy crepe vest.

This season, the only rigid rule is that clothes be soft and gentle on the body.

Photography by Amy Deputy. Styling by Pascale Lemaire. Hair by Erika Riggs. Modeled by Mina/Bethann and Allison/T.H.E. Artist Agency. Assistance by Charlotte Reid. For shopping information, please see Page 14.

SHOPPING GUIDE

CITRUS PUNCH: COVER -- Slip dress with shorts by Nicole Miller, $250, at Panache.KITCHEN CHIC: Page 10 -- Apron dress by Robespierre, $165, at Femme. Jockey tank, $14.50 for a three-pack at Hecht's. Black shoes, $89, at Precis. Sterling bracelet by Kasel, $280, special order at Nordstom.BABY, IT'S YOU!: Page XX -- Navy baby-doll dress by DKNY, $345, at Nordstrom. Oxfords by DKNY, $180, at Saks Fifth Avenue.SWEET DREAMS: Page 11 -- Gown by CitiCulture, $168, at the White House.TOP INTEREST: Page 14 -- Print top by Nicole Miller, $240, at Panache. White blouse, $118, by Mak International at Trillium.

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