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Spring Fashion Forecast: From the Runways to Sproul Plaza

posted Apr 11, 2011, 4:16 PM by Melissa Ou   [ updated Apr 15, 2011, 3:32 PM ]
by Samantha Giordano

Though spring in Berkeley closely resembles the summer and fall in terms of pesky overcast mornings, deceiving sunshine, and a wardrobe of carefully planned layers, a new season in a fresh year calls for new pieces to brighten up the doldrums of college fashion. So toss out winter’s oversized (and overused) cardigans and scuffed boots for
some trendy, yet classic and totally wearable, spring looks.

Bold, Vibrant Hues
Prada, Jil Sander, and Marc Jacobs are three of the many labels to showcase highlighter-esque tones in their spring shows. Head to toe color-blocked outfits inject the past couple season’s of minimalism with a breath of new life. While such a look may be too outrageous even for Berkeley, a boldly striped blouse (reminiscent of Prada) or pair of red trousers are an easy addition. If you, like myself, are slightly afraid of bright colors, a striking bracelet, sandal, or belt is equally eye-catching.


Turquoise blouse, Urban Outfitters; belt, ASOS; gold button stripe tee, red trousers and sandals, Topshop; bracelet, Madewell

The Midi
Miniskirts are everywhere when the thermometer surpasses 75 degrees and even the updated maxi skirt has gained popularity around campus. However, this season the calf-grazing midi skirt has arrived in full force. Mad Men reinstated a longer skirt into the fashion world a couple of years ago, but this spring, light, airy and sheer skirts as seen at Chloé make this potentially awkward skirt length easily wearable. These are cool, casual, versatile and thoroughly modern. However, wear with oxfords or gladiators to avoid looking like an extra from The Black Swan.


Pink skirt, H&M via Stockholm Streetstyle; beige skirt, Zara

Jeans are always in style and recently, the denim/chambray shirt has emerged from the nineties and found a place again in our wardrobes. However, this spring denim is taking a cue from the seventies. The magazines and blogs relentlessly claim that skinny jeans have had their time and that flares are back, although most of us college students, including myself, would like to debate this (what is easier to put on for a lazy, yet slightly fashionable student, than a comfy skinny jean and a ballet flat?). For the wary, a slightly flared loose jean or a boyish-fitted trouser in a light wash are chic and easy springtime pants that are much more comfortable and heat-friendly than second skin skinnies.

Chambray trousers, Madewell; Flared jeans, Topshop; Pleated denim trousers, A.P.C