STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Spring Fever

For Madison Fashionistas, spring break came much later than any other university this year, which meant that all the new items of clothing from the places we visited got brought back a few weeks into April instead of March. I unfortunately didn’t head to a tropical destination, but I did get a few moments of glory in one of my favorite stores, Zara, in downtown Chicago for a night. Now back on campus many Fashionistas return with pastels and neon added to their wardrobe, not to mention a fresh perspective on their style for the rest of the semester.

I spotted these Fashionistas because of their noticeable sense of spring fever. They both have on a pastel top and sweater, both are worn differently but the important part to remember is the pastel because it’s a huge trend this spring. You can wear it with a darker printed skirt and tights, like the Fashionista on the right, or you can brave the cooler winds and wear no tights like the other Fashionista. Wisconsin hasn’t hit those hot summer days yet, so there is no hurry to put those tights away. You can even wear pastel ones for the spring; just make sure that your skirt adds a little contrast by being navy, black or brown. As I’m sure you also noticed, these Fashionistas are each carrying a satchel, which is one of the most convenient bags because all you have to do is throw it on over your shoulder or across your body. Also, it is important because then you have two hands to carry your shopping bags instead of one. The Fashionista on the left is carrying one of the hottest trends this season by carrying a bright colored satchel while the Fashionista on the left focused more on the detail of her handbag which has a a leather and canvas exterior with a zipper detail accross the bottom. Either are great bags. But if you're willing to take a step outside of the neutral colors, I would suggest a bright colored bag like the Cambridge Satchel Company because they are fun and noticeable, especially if you keep your outfit neutral or pastel toned.

Finally, the shoes. I love shoes and like many Fashionistas would argue, I probably own too many pairs. I adore the two different types of shoes that these Fashionistas were wearing. On the left, there are nude wedges, which are always going to be one of my favorite warm weather shoes and can literally be worn with anything. Then there is also the more recently popular oxford shoe, commonly sported by celebrities like Taylor Swift and Olivia Palermo. Depending on how warm you want your newly pedicure toes to be, both are trendy and fashionable shoes that can be paired with, like I said before, just about anything. Spring fever has risen, so be sure to get out there and try a few of these fabulous new trends this week and to check out my Pinterest board that is inspired by these Fashionistas springtime apparel. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Spring Fever

Though the ice hasn’t completely melted and there are still patches of white on the ground, it never hurts to try to add a little color to campus through your outfit. To make up for the flowers that haven’t quite bloomed yet, we can compensate with fun patterns and feminine colors for the time being. There has been a surge of color emerging on campus in the effort to make spring arrive a little early, particularly in hues of purple, pink, and blue. Through mixing and incorporating these colors with some delectable floral patterns you can create the perfect look for the oncoming of the spring season.

This Fashionista is wearing a blue tunic with a pink floral-pattern underneath a classic navy blazer. The combination of a light and airy top under a fall essential, such as this blazer, makes for the perfect daytime duo. She ties together the color scheme with a light pink circle scarf from Express that has just enough subtle gold shimmer to make it an ideal new trend for the season. To maintain her dressy casual look she wears some skinny jeans and a pair of white wedges. Word of warning: white or beige shoes are great for spring, but please avoid those muddy puddles! Nothing can put a damper on your day like a little mud between the toes.

Hint: To really indulge your spring fever, try wearing this blazer that combines color and floral patterns all into one. Tie in some light pink or blue accessories and you’ll really get the birds chirping.
 

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