By RENEE FITE
The occasional snowflake may still be floating down from the sky, but bright colors and textures are making local boutiques and stores look like spring has already arrived.
Bright colors, loose-weave accessories in scarves, jackets and vests and dresses are beginning to replace winter items in display windows and on the racks.
Neon and leopard prints are always on hand at Obsession Boutique, said owner Amanda Harris.
Floral and tribal prints, corals, melon and mint green and sequins for bling are beginning to brighten the store on cute sundresses, skinny jeans, leggings, and jeggings, said Harris.
“Jeggings are stretchy jeans with pockets, and they are really in,” Harris said. “Pink Pewter headbands Carrie Underwood wears have flown off the chart. I wear them myself.”
New are Shamballa bracelets with Swarovski crystal bracelets in all colors and red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. Another hot new line of jewelry will feature necklaces and earrings that are beaded, tribal, colorful, big and chunky.
“All are really cute and mix and match to wear with anything,” said Harris. “We’ll have fun shorts in coral and mint, melon and cobalt blue and pastels like lilac and yellow. I always have some neons in my store; neon is big in spring and summer. And we have bow shirts and dresses with a bow on the back.”
Sandals, flats and wedges are on the way for spring, she said. Oklahoma shirts – some sparkly – are in stock and arriving in March.
Obsession Boutique carries sizes small to 3X. Skirts are maxi and mini with sequin and tribal prints. Accessories also include scarves in leopard, chevron and tribal prints.
Workman’s has lots of new spring clothing items and boots arriving in March, said owner Charles Workman.
“I’m ready for spring myself,” Workman said, expressing the feeling many in Tahlequah share.
Wrangler and Cinch button-down and snap shirts are on the way, with a couple of new styles from Cruel Girl blouses and jeans, he said.
“Straw hats will be here next week. Duck Dynasty has some T-shirts; they’re probably the hottest thing going for everybody,” said Workman.
New styles of Tony Lama and Justin boots are on the way.
“And we stay pretty competitive. On boots, we beat everybody by about 30 percent,” said Workman. “We sell a lot of jeans and a lot of boots; it’s unreal. We sold 58 pairs of boots one Saturday.”
Completer vests and jackets are arriving at S&V Fabrics, said owner Jana Moss, who saw tons of them at market in Las Vegas.
“Completer is an accent piece to complete your look; it’s kind of a new term,” said Moss. “I have them in pastel colors, white and off-white, some with sparkly sequins, a loose weave in longer lengths. They’re also forgiving to cover your arms.”
Tropical prints, pink, lime green, coral and bright colors are arriving at S&V Fabrics and at the top for spring, said Moss.
“We have a variety of black and white designed dresses and print combinations, with short and three-quarters length sleeves, and sleeveless that are perfect for Easter paired with the completers,” she said.
Maxi, high-low and knee-length are the dress and skirt lengths at S&V, with some A-line and gourd skirts to add texture and interest to a hemline.
“Polyester and spandex make the dresses comfortable and complimentary to your figure,” said Moss. “Scarves are always good. Infinity scarves are crochet and almost like a necklace; others are fuller. They are chevron, animal print and solid colors, some with lace accents.”
New Anushka hand-painted leather purses are coming with designs, including flowers. Nepal bracelets are on sale for $5 until the end of February.