Top five must-have items for spring fashion

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis - Rocket Contributor, Date: April 13, 2012
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Happy Spring, Slippery Rock students! As the weather gets warmer, and your work load gets heavier to mark the end of the school year, lighten up your wardrobe with the latest essentials for spring. Here are the top five must-have items you should have in your closet this season.

The number one item that every girl must have for spring is a new pair of flip-flops. Sperry Top-Sider not only makes great boat shoes and rain boots, they also make cute and affordable sandals for spring and summer. The Women’s Seafish Sandal is their most fashionable option that comes in a variety of colors from Ivory to Navy Seersucker for around $50.

These sandals are sure to last you all throughout spring and into the early days of fall.

As the sun shines bright this spring, slide on a pair of sunglasses from the ultra-popular retailer, Ray Ban. If you don’t already have a pair of these classic shades, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon and buy yourself a pair.

Ever since their creation in the 1950s, the Wayfarer has been popular among celebrities, and widely regarded as a popular fashion statement.  Purchase the Original Wayfarer for $150, and make them a wardrobe staple for years to come.

Pastels and bold colors are the biggest trend of the season, and there are a number of retailers that have brilliant pieces available for every fashionista out there.

Forever 21 has numerous options available in their store for the girl who is on a budget.  The Side Zipper Denim Shorts retail for $16.90 and come in five colors, ranging from cream to sky blue.  They’re high waisted, which adds a bit of class to a normal pair of shorts, but are given a slight edge with side zipper detailing.

Pair these shorts with a cropped top or a lace shirt in a neutral color to make a bold statement.

For those chilly spring nights, pick up a pair of the Acid Wash Skinny Jeans for only $29.80.  These jeans feature subtle acid wash detailing, as well as a zipper detail on the seams of both legs.

Wear a black or white t-shirt, and accessorize with the studded belt that comes with the jeans to further play up their edginess for a fun night out on the town.

Another popular spring trend is the cropped top. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez have rocked this look at the premiere of “The Hunger Games” and the Kid’s Choice Awards, respectively.

Head to the nearest computer and search for www.lulus.com to find the hottest looks of the season. For $18 you can buy the Studio Sessions crop top that comes in three colors – black, white, and gray – and will go perfectly with the denim pieces from Forever 21, as well as the jean shorts that you already have in your wardrobe. If you are looking for more of a statement piece, choose the Mandarin Marmalade Orange Top that features a cutout design around the neck and the waistband for only $32.

Lace returns again this season in a big way.  It is used on a number of pieces from dresses to shorts, and www.modcloth.com features some of the best lace dresses for sale this season at affordable prices.  The You and Ivy Dress can be bought on their website for a reasonable $44.99, and can be dressed down for school, as well as dressed up with some sparkly accessories for a night out with friends.

This taupe colored dress can also be transitioned into summer when paired with a pair of wedges, and even fall when paired with a chic cardigan.

Fashion for spring 2012 can be both subtle and outspoken with help from a few key pieces.  These five must-have items will be great additions to any wardrobe, and can be worn long into fall.

Pair any one of these pieces with clothing that you already own to give your wardrobe new life.

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