Spring Style Guide

by Heba Elorbany

Bold Prints
Bold Prints, especially floral and tribal, are definitely a big hit for this spring. Don’t be afraid to diverge from the norm and mix a bold printed pant, skirt, or shirt, into your wardrobe, even with other prints! It’s easy to do this without clashing if your prints involve similar themes or color schemes. Pair a bold print with a plain tee or your favorite jeans! If you need some inspiration (or pieces to dream about), check out Peter Som’s Spring 2012 collection.

Metallic separates
Another way to add a little something special to your wardrobe this spring is by adding some metallic separates or metallic-accented pieces. These pieces are mostly good for nighttime, but could be incorporated for a day-to-night piece with ease for all of those who are too busy to go home in time.

Pastels
While some neon and citrusy colors where seen on the Spring 2012 runways, pastel tones were definitely the dominant palette. Soft and perfect for spring, these colors include baby pinks and blues, lavender tones, sea greens, and soft yellows. Nervous that you’ll look like an Easter egg with all of these pastel colors? Pair them with darker colors in the same look, like this look from Prada’s Spring 2012 collection.

1920s-Inspired Looks
From drop waists to beaded, flapper-style dresses, the influence of the roaring 20’s was seen everywhere on the runway for spring dresses. Think Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby but with a modern touch. I would definitely recommend going after this look if you plan on attending a special occasion this spring.

Short Suits
I know this might seem scary to college-aged kids, but I think these could be really cute if done well. Even if they aren’t necessarily part of a complete set, the combination of a blazer with nice shorts is super chic and perfect for spring. The key for this look is to pair your shorts and blazer with a feminine piece, maybe even your bold print shirt! For a variation on this, look at my Runway Your Way from earlier this month on Jill Stuart’s coral short suit look.

Midriff-bearing Ensembles
Time to start adding more crunches to your workouts, ladies. As much as I hate this, I have to admit that this trend was big on the runway and (let’s face it) will probably hit our campus in a big way this spring. Love the look but don’t like the skin? Fear not! Pair a crop top with a fitted dress or high-rise jeans.

Back to Basics
The basics of spring are here to stay. It’s always a good idea to invest in a good pair of shorts, designer sunglasses, some chic sandals, a flowy skirt, or some basic tees, and if you’ve already got these, don’t fret about re-making your entire wardrobe for the season. Use what you’ve already got to pick out a few more looks that you can mix in to create the prefect spring collection.

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