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How to Wear Spring 2012′s Trickiest Trends

Spring is here, and as a season that represents all things new, it’s the perfect opportunity to switch up your style. Though fashion week is fresh on our minds, it can be hard to transition from the runway to the real way, so here are some of this spring’s trickiest trends and how you can rock them on campus!

Just Out Of Bed

We’ve told you to skip the sweats — but this spring, top designers are saying otherwise. Adam’s ready-to-wear line features silk and chiffon sets that look bedtime-ready, and Alice Ritter matches tops with bottoms to create a comfy combo. Richard Chai Love clashes patterns in what appears like a casually but ingeniously thrown together set. Even fashion blogger Hanneli Mustaparta is in on the trend, so you know it’s major this season.

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Most of us could probably get away with wearing pajama pants on campus (see: 8 a.m. lecture), but there’s a difference between just getting out of bed and looking like you’ve just gotten out of bed. Rather than staying totally true to the look (please, no plaid flannel PJ’s or slinky slips), avoid looking downright lazy by taking key aspects of the trend — patterned bottoms, comfortably loose-fitting tops — and applying them to your overall outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madison Blazer, $55, NastyGal.com
Vero Moda Pant, $57, Asos.com 
Ballet Flats, $13, H&M

 

Cinderella’s Glass Slipper

No, we won’t be wearing glass on our feet, but we’re definitely going for the look this season. The see-through shoe is in, so have those pretty pedis at the ready. Between Richard Nicoll’s booties, Chloe’s pumps and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s sandals, these shoes are made to show off your twinkle toes — but do we really want to look barefoot on campus?

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Going bare looks better on the runway than in the dorm hall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of this trend. Choose a darker but still translucent shade, or opt for partially-transparent shoes.
swirly flat, platform wedge, Steve Madden heels
Swirly Flat, $25, DSW
Steve Madden Wizarrd, $90, Heels.com 
Jeffrey Campbell Audrey Platform Wedge, $138, NastyGal.com

 

That Extra Flair

Peplum was once a style reserved solely for satin prom dresses in high school, but this spring, it has made its way into high fashion. Jason Wu, Rodarte and Cushnie et Ochs may vary where the flared fabric goes — top, skirt or dress — but they all make the look work by sticking to basic colors to avoid too busy of a look.

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For an everyday look, opt for a more subtle peplum, like a loose tank with a slight taper at the waist. If you’re looking to be more daring, try a vest or blazer with a peplum cut to throw over whatever you have on — so it’s optional whether you rock the trend all day, or shed your layers and leave it behind. An asymmetrical peplum skirt or brightly colored dress is perfect for going out, but keep your accessories to a minimum so you don’t drown your frame!
Victoria Secret Blazer, Lauren Conrad Vest, Love Skirt, Peplum Top, Peplum Vest, Peplum Dress
VS Peplum Blazer, $128, Victoria’s Secret
LC Lauren Conrad Chiffon Peplum Vest, $31, Kohl’s
Eternal Flame of Love Skirt, $43, ModCloth.com
Rubbish Embellished Peplum Top, $38, Nordstrom
Rare Peplum Bandeau Dress, $45, Asos.com

 

High Shine

We usually reserve luxe trends [http://www.hercampus.com/style/lay-luxe-how-wear-fall-furs-metallics-more] for the winter season, but this time around, high-shine metallics are joining the bright colors and fun florals as a spring staple. Theyskens’ Theory merges color and shine, Thakoon addes extra gloss to traditional metal shades and Marc Jacobs embellishes silver with even more metallic details.

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All-over shine is best fit for a Futurama party, so avoid too many large metallic pieces. Instead, pick one piece as your statement piece, such as a shirt or bottoms, and work around that one item. It’s easiest to start with a neutral base — for example, if you’re wearing a metallic beige top, pair it with white skinnies — but to make it less winter and more spring, keep the colors light and introduce spring’s brights, such as a coral blazer. Metallic-tipped flats finish off the outfit, adding a touch of the trend without making it look like you’re wrapped in aluminum foil.
Front Vest, Skinny Ankle Jeans, Orange Blazer, Ballerina Flats
Metallic Front Vest, $40, Topshop
Skinny Ankle Jeans, $99, Madewell
Lapel One Button Orange Blazer, $49, Romwe.com
Ballerina Flats, $24, H&M

The key to spring fashion is to be daring and to try new things, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes! You can test out any trend by introducing it slowly and subtly into your wardrobe (hint: using neutral shades before you apply the trend to bright colors may help!), but spring is about change, so jump right in! Which is your favorite spring trend?

Source: hercampus

 

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