Spring is finally here: Eight fashion tips for the warm weather

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The following is an opinion:

Spring fashion has arrived.

With warm weather peeking through gloomy skies at IUP, students are ready to leave behind parkas and spring into warm-weather apparel.

Here are eight tips you may want to consider as April and May approach:

1. Bigger is better

Over the past several fashion seasons, we have seen a trend in larger clothing, allowing everyone to enjoy patterns and trends in every size. Floral prints are expected to pop out this spring, but so are floral patterns with larger prints and geometric styles, which bring an edgier look.
   

  2. Miniskirts

Did anyone ever think this trend would make its way back from the ‘60s? Perhaps not, but here it is. Miniskirts are back in better styles, shapes and colors to show off the legs you’ve been working out all winter long. Let your legs get some sun and sport these miniskirts with your own flirty style.

3. Kitten heels

Say goodbye to platforms and wedges, ladies. Kitten heels are back in style in bright fashion. Top fashion stylists such as Jasmine Caccamo, who styles singer Rachel Platten, said “kitten heels add a dainty touch of femininity to your boyfriend jeans and trousers,” according to US Magazine.kitten-heels

4. Stripes are in

Blue and white stripes are back again. Pair a striped shirt with a pair of old-fashioned, high-waisted jean shorts and you’ll be ready for several occasions: date night, the summer fair or even a concert.

5. Chokers are back

Chokers, which date all the way back to the 1800s, have made an appearance on the runways this spring in gold and black. Although many teens in the ’90s enjoyed the stretchy, lace chokers for concerts and the grunge look, this spring, chokers are more expensive and more stylish. Chokers in metallic style and ribbons will be seen all over the world.

6. Dainty jewelry

Dig into your grandma’s jewelry chest this season for some delicate accessories for your favorite outfits. It’s all about going out and dressing it up new. Layering necklaces, pendants, lockets and long chains are in style – and will be until the vintage look goes out of style.

7. Sequined outfits

Shine bright and stand out on campus this spring with sequins on dresses, skirts, shirts and accessories. Designers like Marc Jacobs found their inner flapper from the ’20s with glamorous gowns and shoes that sparkled down the runways. This trend has found its way into simpler stores such as Charlotte Russe, Forever21 and H&M for spring and summer wear, as well.

8. Shoulder cut-outs are in

Off-the-shoulder dresses, cut-out shirts and open-back dresses are quite the hit this season. Don’t tell your fathers; your shoulders will be showing all spring long. From designer Calvin Klein to Francesca Liberatore, everyone is incorporating shoulder cutouts when their looks took the runway for Spring Fashion Week.

No matter what you choose to wear this spring, make it your own. Spring colors are pastels, vibrant reds and iced-coffee tans. Several other trends are dress slips worn alone and ruffle-neck collars on tops and blouses in business attire and for red-carpet events.

Keep your eyes open for eye-catching patterns and romantic silks when purchasing new additions for your closet this spring.