by Carly Stinson, Daily Vidette Staff Writer
The time has come to put away boots, gloves, and winter jackets and welcome warm weather and a fresh start with new spring trends.
Spring usually brings pastel colors, but according to Emily Parks, family and consumer science lecturer, “Spring 2012 fashions are moving beyond this long accepted trend.”
Parks explained that Patone LLC, world renowned authority and provider of color, is reporting combining muted colors of spring with brighter colors to help transition into summer, such as tangerine tango orange and solar power yellow.
“Color blocking will be implemented with classic styles such as the wrap dress, cardigans, and full skirts, tribal prints, feminine design details, large geometric and floral patterns – the focal point of many designs will feature the legs this season,” according to Patone. To go along with these styles, popular make-up will include bright colors and metallic eye shadows and nail polish. To make a bold statement, trends such as elongated cat eyes, red lips, or baby doll eyelashes are suggested.
According to Parks, accessories will combine many white jewelry options and shoes, “we will see metallic and futuristic designs and fabrics featuring geometric shapes and angles incorporated in many accessories and apparel items.” Floral patterns will return for spring in apparel and accessories along with chunky bracelets and earrings.
According Marisa Messina, junior apparel merchandising major, the most essential item for spring will be a pair of bright colored pants. “Blue, coral, and teal are very fashion forward colors that will guide you in to spring. You can pair it with another bright color on top or just stick with the neutral colors to complete the look,” said Messina.
To add to a bright pair of pants, Parks believes unique earrings are important to make an outfit stand out, “they can not only display a great amount of design detail but will change the focal area and draw attention up to the individuals face.”
A trend that will never get old is scarves, “even though they are practical in the winter months, the spring apparel fashions bring a fresh feel with lighter-weight fabrics,” said Parks. With the large variety of colors and patterns, a scarf can be incorporated with any outfit.
Messina explained you can never go wrong with stripes, “you can wear black and white stripes with any color,” adding that her favorite look is a black and white striped shirt with a bright pair of red jeans.
Messina predicted spring fashion on ISU campus will agree with the upcoming trends, such as “vibrant colored skinny jeans, fringe on accessories, sheer blouses for casual nights out, and articles of clothing that are in the mint green shade.” Parks adds that as students, comfort is in the forefront, but trends such as tribal prints and large floral patterned skirts will be popular.
To get a hold of these looks, Parks suggested that they can be easily found at Target for an affordable price. Parks also suggests looking at consignment shops such as Plato’s closet, or thrift stores to find unique items.
Messina adds that one of her personal favorite stores is TJ Maxx when shopping on a budget.
While preparing for the upcoming season, bright colors and bold accessories will complete an outfit for spring. Although the desire to keep up with trends is high, individually we create our own style.
Parks explained that one of the best ways to adapt to a trend without completely conforming to the crowd or spending too much money is “to add one or two items or colors that are consistent with the current trend and creatively incorporate those items with your existing wardrobe.”
“There are many different spring trends that can be suited for everyone so when you find one that fits you, customize it! Add a big purse or put on a necklace that will make you stand out,” added Messina.