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Ask An Expert: Hottest Trends In Chicago This Spring

Top knot hairstyles and ombre color, sheer maxi skirts, graphic leggings, peplum tops and puh-lease - stop with the infinity scarves - all have to go away in 2015. In this case, Heidy knows best. The owner of BECLOTHESMINDED zeroes in on the hot trends as Chicago's chill eases.

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In addition to having the perfect name for a list of "bests," Heidy Best has been styling, shopping and organizing others' fashion lives for over a dozen years. Her site tells you how to "Be bold. Be confident. Be clothes minded." Best excels at coordinating looks at photo shoots, cleaning out closets and updating wardrobes, so in other words, Heidy knows how to tidy your wardrobe so you look on trend in 2015.

Picnic Inspired

Designers including Karen Walker, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta all showcased runway looks that were inspired by a classic picnic tablecloth print. Best says, "But the styles you'll be seeing this spring are anything but traditional. Sheer fabrics and enlarged checkered patterns are just some of the ways this print is getting a remix." The professional suggests you try an ensemble of a sheer gingham blouse underneath a sleek white blazer and pastel skinny jeans - hello, brunch!

Where The Wild Things Are

Pack away your leopard for autumn 2015 and try varied animal prints on for size. "Saint Laurent and Valentino were both favoring 'under the sea' prints like that of the Jellyfish and Seahorse we would typically find at the Shedd Aquarium," Best remarks. "Others preferred a more African influence like that of a tiger. Try a statement jacket with your favorite animal print over a solid white or black dress for a wild look for going out at night."

Safari Chic

If you prefer neutrals or shy away from the brighter hues of spring, your eyes should widen at this trend. "Whether you're hunting for the best blow-dry bar in the city or scoping out the next hot spot, you can do so in shades of beige, khaki, and pops of white and cream," Best advises. She notes that Donna Karan and Jason Wu both showcased effortless looks that will take you from work to play.

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"Ladies, get ready to try something different this season," Miss Heidy announces. "How does the 'bejeweled' phenomenon manifest? Mismatching earrings - maybe it's wearing a large gold hoop in one ear and a colored stone in the other. This season it's all about mixing and matching to create that 'how'd she do that?' look." She says we should eyeball designers like Louis Vuitton and Hermès who were all about the asymmetrical adornment. "While this may not fly at the office, it would be great for drinks after work," Best explains.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Shoe fans should be head over heels according to our Best pro. "Whether you love to wear flats on your way to work, sandals after a fresh pedicure, or sky high stilettos to go dancing, there are so many great offerings hitting the store as we speak," she says. "For those of you that are already adding outdoor music festivals to your iPhone calendars, make sure to break out your gladiators." Was that Russell Crowe you just saw at Summer Camp in Chillicothe?

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Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at

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