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by Caitlin Karna
With the warmer weather, we’ve been #blessed with a change from the frigid cold, and that can mean only one thing: spring is finally on its way!
With the change of seasons also comes a change in style. The fashion industry is brimming with possibilities as runways showcase fun, new trends for the new season. This spring, indulge in everything from Nixon Era-70s chic, to ballerina tulle, bohemian gypsies, to sashes and fringe. For a full scoop on the runway’s latest, check out Harper Bazaar’s Spring 2015 Runway Report.
Regardless of new trends, however, there are some spring staples that— like Taylor Swift and her James Dean daydream—never go out of style. Our favorites? Floral patterns and pastel colors. Pantone Inc., the official authority of color, did a Fashion Color Report of Spring 2015 and has concluded that colors this season are “cooler and softer color choices with subtle warm tones that follow a minimalistic en plein air theme, taking a cue from nature.” Not only are these soft colors and flowers timeless, they’re easy to work into your wardrobe.
Unfortunately, since we aren’t Karlie Kloss or Cara Delevingne strutting runways decked out, head-to-toe in florals and pastels, we must suffice to taking the streets with our own creative interpretations of the season’s latest trends.
Incorporating pastel colors into your OOTD doesn’t have to be zero to one hundred real quick. Start small, adding subtle accessories here and there—perhaps you’ve been eyeing those powder-pink, heart-shaped sunglasses you never felt like you could pull them off? There’s no time like the present! Or try making a sunshine yellow cross-body purse your new daily staple. But pastels can be bold too, especially with lighter hues contrasting newly tanned skin. Ines Jimenez-Ontiveros (COL ’18) confirms, “Pastels are a subtle approach to add bursts of color to your everyday clothing. I usually match them against whites and other neutrals with gold jewelry.”
As for florals, there are numerous ways to feature a bloom or two without looking like a flower child. We recommend putting a twist on this classic pattern, by personalizing it to your own taste and style. “I love giving florals an edgy twist by wearing a bold lip color or heavy jewelry,” suggests Siân Rigby (SFS ’18). Whether it’s a major statement or a sweet accessory, floral pieces are a nice addition to any outfit.
This spring, take a vow to maximize the start of the season to reinvent yourself with classic florals and pastels for guaranteed success. It’s time to ring in spring!