Spring Trend Report
Sarah Angell, '14, Staff Reporter
April 18, 2012
Filed under Commentary
Fashion is a mix of keeping up with trends and forming your own personal style. Sophomores Valeria Pareja and Cara Maisel talked to Crossed Sabres about their methods of staying fashion-forward.
Q: Do you follow the trends or stick with your own personal style?
Valeria: I stick with my own personal style. I want to be a fashion designer.
Cara: I like being up to date on trends. I add some of my own unique style, though.
Q: Where do you shop most often?
Valeria: I haven’t been to the mall in months. Last time I went, I went to H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21. I usually go to thrift stores! There’s one called Unique that I really like. I also make some of my own clothes.
Cara: My favorite store is Nordstrom because I am on the BP (Brass Plum) fashion board there. We get together once a month to talk about the fashion industry and how it impacts us.
Q: What is the hardest part about looking put-together every day?
Valeria: I don’t spend much time on it. I throw things together last minute and rush out of my house.
Cara: It’s hard to top yourself, but it’s a fun challenge, too. I always have to think of new things to wear be unique. You often want to wear the same thing, but you should try to change it up every day.
I did some investigating myself on the top fashion trends for spring.
Chambray fabric, named after the French town of Cambrai, is “a fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft” that resembles denim.
Scalloped lace tops, lace dresses, and even shoes and handbags decorated with white or black lace have emerged in popular clothing stores including Forever 21.
Although fedoras were originally worn by men in the 1930’s, the classic hat is now widely worn by women wanting to make a fashion statement.
According to Cara Maisel, color-blocking, or “where solid colors are pieced together,” is becoming popular, and gladiators are popular again this season.
In addition, colored jeans, high-waisted jeans, pleated skirts, floral prints, and bright-colored nail polish are also on the rise.