Full skirts

Full at the hem, cinched at the waist will be big for spring. Get a jump-start with this versatile hazel dress with full skirt ($102) from Karma, 841 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-291-1997, karmashops.com.

WEAR IT NOW: Theory blouse ($140) from Macy's. French Connection cardigan ($98) from Macy's. Ankle boots by Wanted ($59) from Luna Soles, 2827 1/2 Hennepin Av. S., Minneapolis. Lauren Merkin clutch ($200) from Bluebird, 3909 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-746-8675. Merona tights ($6) from Target.

WEAR IT LATER: Cynthia Rowley patent leather belt ($46) from Nordstrom, Jeffrey Campbell platform sandals ($85) from Nordstrom. Headband ($16.50) from J. Crew.

 

Classic shift dresses

This mod classic dress happens to be in a rich hue very close to Pantone's pick for 2008's color of the year -- blue iris. It brightens up almost every January-ravaged complexion. Diane von Furstenberg shift ($325) from Nordstrom.

WEAR IT NOW: Kjurek Couture coat ($280) from Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-870-0420, www.clicheminneapolis.com. Loeffler Randall tote ($40), select Target stores and www.target.com. Michael Stars turtleneck ($49) from Nordstrom. Merona tights ($6) from Target. Boutique Nordstrom booties ($140).

WEAR IT LATER: Yellow patent leather bangle ($58) and white patent bangle ($68) from Nordstrom. Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes ($340), from Macy's Minneapolis.


Cropped pants

You probably have some in your closet already. Take them out now, layer up and pair them with a waist-conscious blouse for spring. Cropped pants ($34.90) from H&M.

WEAR IT NOW: Jacket ($34.90), from H&M. TWG sweater ($238) from Nordstrom. La Canadienne boots ($278) from Nordstrom. Niki English bag ($195), from Cliché. Livity Outernational hat ($18) from Cliché.

WEAR IT LATER: Kensie shirt ($68) from Cliché. Loeffler Randall flats ($30) from select Target stores. Studded belt ($78) from Nordstrom. Noir ring ($66) from Bluebird. Loeffler Randall tote ($40) at select Target stores and www.target.com.

 

BEAUTY NOTES

HAIR: Stylist Jen Hughes straightened Kylie's naturally curly hair by using Aveda's Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother ($24) when her hair was wet. "The effect is two-fold," she said. "When she's on vacation in her resort wear, it defends against humidity. If she leaves it curly, it would also eliminate frizz and prevent flyaways. In the winter, it delivers a little moisture to hair so it's not so dry in this lovely Minnesota weather."

MAKEUP: Makeup artist Malee Xiong used MAC's new neutral-toned N Collection. Mineralize Skinfinish ($24.50) on cheeks gave Kylie a bronzed resort look. On her eyes, Xiong used a shadow in Nanogold to highlight the brow bone and eyelid and Remotely Gray in the crease ($14 each). Also, always start with a hydrating moisturizer such as MAC's Moisturelush cream for the face ($32) and eyes ($30). Starting with freshly moisturized skin helps makeup go on more smoothly.

Hair: Jen Hughes of the salon Juut Gaviidae (Aveda); Makeup: Malee Xiong for MAC Cosmetics; Model: Kylie / Vision Management Group Inc.