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Your Stylist: Revving up your spring wardrobe with '50s inspiration

March 12, 2012 |  8:00 am


Prada's Spring 2012 collection was not only eye-catching, with its 1950s automobile-inspired prints and flames shooting out from the back of shoes to look like a mint-condition car on the go, the line PradashoeSS12echoed a retro aesthetic common in Southern California. As fashion Joiecarsweatercritic Booth Moore says in her review of the line, there's a distinct feeling of the SoCal Kustom Kulture, which draws hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts to car shows and car clubs from L.A to San Diego.

The collection put a fresh spin on a retro theme. Incorporating the look into your spring wardrobe doesn't have to mean buying the Prada fire flame car shoes (though if those fall into your budget, then by all means wear them and bask in all the envious glances they'll get). I love the all-American look of this Joie Eloisa car sweater. CL Dot short h.w wmn

It can go preppy if worn with a crisp white collared shirt underneath or fun and '50s if worn with a fitted pencil skirt and kitten heels or the polka dot denim that's so hot this season -- Current/Elliott makes a cute green and white pair of polka dot skinny jeans and G Star does the abbreviated version, seen in their polka dot short shorts.

Givenchy350Cat eye sunglasses always bring that '50s vibe to any outfit. I love the rich red shade of this Givenchy pair. The cat eye shape in unexpected hues feels right this season and punctuates easy spring basics with a pop of color. UniqueVintagebag

This Pinky Lee "Deluxe" clutch is done in a sparkly red vinyl to echo the interior and seat of a '50s style car. It adds that quirky touch to a streamlined look of cropped capris, ballet flats and a tailored button down shirt -- ponytail optional.

--Melissa Magsaysay


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Top - A model in Prada Spring/Summer 2012 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week Sept. 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Left - Joie Eloisa car sweater, $298, at

Right - Prada car shoe/Prada

Below - G Star polka dot denim shorts at G Star store Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Left - Givenchy sunglasses, $350, at

Bottom right - Pinky Lee Deluxe Red Sparkle Handbag, $140, at