Spring fashion brings in color
Posted March 14, 2008

Jennifer Gilderman
Copy Editor

Spring 2008 fashion is all about following the rainbow with cheerful bright colors that have been making their way down the runway.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and with spring break at our arrival this can only mean that it’s time to pack up those sweaters and coats, because spring is in full bloom, including its new fashions.

It’s time to toss the leggings and bring on the bright, bold, and daring prints and colors that are some of the fashion trends set forth for this spring.

Think bright blue, bright yellow and purples, mixed with a splash of safari and earth tones, if that’s too exuberant.

“Also, floral is huge,” Kyle Kinnel a sales representative for Nordstrom’s Brass Plum, said. “Mixing and matching of odd colors is also very in, like mixing a light blue with orange. It may sound odd, but honestly it’s really cute”

Designers are encouraging buyers to have an inspiration and to daringly dress to match.

“It’s about using the trends that work well with your body,” Paige Mitchell, a sales representative for Bloomingdales said. “If it’s trendy but not flattering, toss it.”

One thing that never goes out of style is clothing that fits.

If you think about it, size doesn’t matter. It’s not like people are looking at your tags and making judgments.

So being comfortable is very important, no matter what the season.

Dresses and skirts are always in style during the spring months. Floral waist-focused dresses can be found at Nordstrom’s for around $50 or you can pick one up for half the price at Forever 21.

The wide-legged denim is still in style, but white skinny jeans with wedges are going to be springs new hot pant, said Kinnel.

But the outfit is not quite complete without accessories, which is an easy way to pump up an outfit, or make those jeans and a white shirt go from plain and boring to unique and vibrant.

“Big junky jewelry and big rings are so in right now,” Kinnel said. “Also, big purses either plain or with large print are a popular item.”

As for shoes, its time to bring out your inner goddess because the gladiator sandal is huge.

And if you were wondering about those jellies you wore when you were 10, they are back in style, even for adults; according to the Los Angeles Times weekend fashion section.

“We love the charming and light-hearted nature of spring’s fanciful footwear,” Kristen Hyatt, manager of the Nordstrom’s shoes department at Montclair, said. “You can never have too many shoes.”

Exotic embellishments, animal prints and color everywhere put a world of newness at your feet.

There’s nothing better than happy feet to get you through a long day at school or in the office.

As for the men, bold statements are also very acceptable for the spring fashion months. Graphic Tees and hoodies with large prints and designs of animals always match well with a nice pair of jeans, sans holes.

And while shopping for your self can sometimes be a little egotistical, H&M has a new line out, that is supporting the fight against AIDS.

H&M and Designers Against AIDS are joining forces in the battle against the disease by launching a collection for men and women together with Rihanna, Timbaland and other well-known designers, musicians and artists.

The T-shirts and zip-ups are decorated with messages to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, which affects many young people all over the world.

The collection “Fashion Against AIDS” is already available in stores.
Alternative band Good Charlotte has a line at the H&M in Crystal Court and a shirt can be picked up for only $14.50.

The artists participate free of charge and 25 percent of the proceeds from the collection will go to HIV/AIDS prevention projects around the world.

And remember fashion is a form of expression that creates individuality, so dress your body like an empty canvas and throw all you want on it to bring forward the best of what spring has to offer.

Jennifer Gilderman can be reached at jgilderman@ulv.edu.

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