8 Summer Fashion Trends for Guys
1. Multi-Colored Collar
2. Geometric Patterns
3. Emerald and Earth
4. Distressed Everything
5. Worker’s Hats
6. Leather Strap Sandals
7. Light Rain Jackets
Easter is upon us, and one of our favorite parts of the holiday is seeing all of the fresh spring fashion finds. With bright, fun colors dominating and everyone wearing their Sunday best, there’s a lot of style inspiration to be found. We picked out our 8 favorite Easter-inspired fashion finds anyone can recreate!
After Pantone named it one of the colors of the year, everyone is dying to get their hand on rose quartz-shaded fashion. Its blush pink shade makes it perfect for a formal look, or ideal for fun in the spring sun. This muted pink can be reworn as a professional look when paired with a white, structured blazer or dressed down with a pair of nude flats or sandals as well.
Gator-styled sandals are usually found in colors like natural or bronze, but this spring, everyone needs to get their hands on a pastel pair. In pink, yellow, or green, these sandals make quite a statement, especially when paired with capri skinnies or a knee-high A-line skirt.
Vintage sunglasses have long since taken over the runway, but the colors have been pretty laid back or traditional. This spring, white is going to make a comeback in a huge way, especially in eyewear! It’s a pop that stands out on sunkissed skin while also looking rich and chic. Match it with a great pair of vibrant earrings, and you’ve got on-point accessories for the season.
Fascinators, panama, straw, cocktail… hats are not just for summer anymore. But the trick is to pick a hat that is more formal than it is beachwear. Go with a hat that is more structured (less floppy). Match it with your outfit (black on black or white on white) for an off-the-runway look that gives you the feeling of effortless glamor.
Easter is the time for the rabbit, and that means it’s time to spring for cute sweaters and tops with bunny details! This holiday is a great excuse for that oxford sweater with the bunny ears design or the cardigan with the bunny print. To keep it from being too outrageous or childish, keep the rest of your outfit low-key and understated. For example, wear that sweater with a pair of Keds and lighter makeup.
Baskets are not exactly fashion-friendly, but adorable tote bags are! This spring, we are loving bright yellow and green leather tote purses. Designers like Kate Spade have already taken over this trend and have tons of great color-popping options in satchel and saddle bags. You’ll feel a bit brighter and lighter just carrying one around.
One of the cooler trends is gold and bronze in your Easter basket. Now, you can take it up a notch by taking the gold to your outfit. One of the best places to incorporate gold (outside jewelry) is in your footwear. Gold shoes are still one of the most popular trends, especially for more casual looks where it really stands out. Look for a pair of ballet flats or strappy heels for inspiration.
Nothing says Easter dressing better than a great floral print dress for the ladies. It’s feminine, delicate, and perfect for celebrating the new season. When done in a slick pleated skirt or bodice, you can incorporate a style that has really made an impact in the fashion world. When going for your floral, go lighter shades and bigger blooms. Stay away from smaller patterns that looks more polka-dot than garden.
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Spring’s quickly approaching, and naturally, you’re eagerly looking forward to swapping out clunky boots for lighter options. You want a shoe that’s comfortable (running around on campus can be rough), durable, and on-trend. Enter lace-up flats. Not only are these shoes very stylish, but they’re also very practical for any girl who finds herself running around from one place to another. Several companies have introduced lace-up flats in their new spring lines, and while Steve Madden and Free People have lovely selections, they aren’t very considerate of a college kid’s budget. Fortunately, there are several wallet-friendly options that are just as stylish and on-trend as that coveted pair of $80 flats.
1. Lulu’s — $25
With a cushy insole and a modified pointed toe, these flats are perfect for the girl seeking both comfort and sophistication.
2. Forever 21 — $24.90
Seeking an even more original twist on this pair of iconic shoes? Try Forever 21’s flats: they come in several colors, from basic black to pastel blue.
3. Gap — $59.95
If you’re willing to expand your budget, this pair of genuine suede flats from Gap is an excellent choice. These are the closest look-a-likes to the $100 and up flats that have been gracing runways lately.
4. Target — $24.99
Lastly, if you want a readily available pair of lace-up flats for yourself, hop on over to Target to take a look at the store’s newest selections. Be sure to act fast: these shoes will fly off of the shelves!
Vintage chic is always in. Whether you’re rocking your favorite old school hoodie or walking around campus in weathered sneakers, there are so many style choices that fit your lifestyle. If you’re ready to step back in time, this list of ten vintage inspired college fashion finds will help you shop and hunt for the right wardrobe accessory.
White faux fur is back in, especially when wrapped around the shoulders of a colorful dress or a black blouse. Add a shiny pin at the knot to add a bit of eye-pop appeal. You’ll feel like a million bucks in this rich look. But act quickly! This trend is only appropriate for the cold winter months.
Broaches were so your grandma’s thing — which means it’s time to raid your grandma’s jewelry collection! Broaches, especially of animals like birds or leopards, are back in! They pair great with a simple dress or sweater when you’re not feeling a necklace or want to try out the scarf trend.
Hats in general have been slowly making a comeback, but this year is all about the 1920s Charlie Chaplin hat (also known as a bowler hat). You’ll want your hair to be sleek and smooth to pull it off. Add some vintage sunglasses like cat eyes (see #4), and you’ve got a great look for heading out on campus.
Cat eyes are the rage this year. If you’ve got the face to pull it off, this look may become your go-to favorite for all eye wear. Pick out a frame that is bold in color, such as a pastel pink or a lime green. Studs or diamonds only accent this style even more to our liking.
Take off the patches of your high school letterman jacket. It’s time to recycle a look you just wore proudly years ago. Don’t have one? Look for one in black with white or red accents. Pair them with ankle skinny pants and a pair of high top sneakers.
On the softer side is the return of the pleated or ribbed skirt. Go with a longer length (knee is in) and in a flowing color such as a very light pink or trendy white and match with a pull over sweater. It’s functional, comfortable, and right out of a 1950s Parisian cafe.
Speaking of France, we can’t forget the French’s favorite accent piece — the scarf. A vintage staple piece, just not too long ago everyone tied them big and chunky. This year, you’re going to want to go think and silky (or pleated). Instead of a complicated knot, go with a large bow around the neck or drape it so that it flows down the v-neck like a necklace.
This trend isn’t that vintage. But the early 1990s love of pajama wear is back, especially for dressier looks. Basically, shop for a dress that resembles pajamas. Silk with lace or shiny fabrics should be your go-to. Pair with chunkier heels when taking this out on the town.
Nothing says college like your school’s logo or name across your chest. Head to your bookstore or an online shop to find a vintage sweatshirt. You’ll love the brighter colors, the less intimidating fonts, and the lack of hoodie.
Skip the tight or ¾ sleeve this year and instead look to the ‘60s and ‘70s for your blouse inspiration. Sleeves should be flowy while also draping your arms. Over the shoulder necklines are also super desirable making them the perfect wear for winter changing into spring!
The must-have accessory for the fall is a beautiful, vibrant scarf. It can instantly dress up an outfit or help keep you toasty while walking to class during the cold fall semesters. Whatever your reason for wearing it, don’t just stick to a humdrum plain scarf wrapped around your neck with a sweatshirt and leggings. Instead, check out these awesome and fashionable ways to style your look to coordinate with your new favorite fall scarf.
Fall and plaid go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s no wonder why so many college fashionistas are dying to get their hands on the blanket scarf. Done in popular flannel colors, coordinate your hot-item scarf with a textured sweater by draping it over your arms or wrapping it loosely around the collar. Don’t be afraid of bold patterns. The blanket scarf goes great with pinstripes and animal print!
With leather jackets as a staple for the fall, the bandito scarf will help complete your rockstar ensemble. Using a smaller or long square scarf commonly called a “bandito” with details such as beads or fringe and twist the opposite ends, then tie around your neck, letting it scoop down around your chest. It’s great for catching an outdoor concert or by giving your look an edge.
Still, the classic way to wear a scarf is matching a chunky infinity scarf to a stylish coat. This season, oversized, yet minimal coats are in. Match the colors as best as you can or wear a white or tan to keep with the design aesthetic. If your infinity scarf is knitted, pair it with a fall jacket that is sleeker, such as a camel hair pea coat.
Add interest to a solid colored, high neck shirt by taking a long scarf and wrapping it around your neck. Use a thin belt over your shirt and tuck the ends of the scarf through. Pull out the middle to create a pseudo-vest. Wear this with a matching fabric such as a cotton scarf with a cotton boyfriend tank or shirt, keep the majority of the pattern and color in your scarf or belt. For example, use an animal print belt to hold in place a black cashmere scarf against a pair of black trousers.
Right now, big, chunky infinity scarves are all the rage. But in places like Paris and Tokyo, they favor vintage styles: a short silk scarves in bold, vibrant colors and patterns. Tie this around your neck with a side bow for a style that looks like it is straight out of a ‘50s romance. But don’t stop there! Take your outfit straight out of a magazine from the past by matching it with a short sleeve button down and a long A-line skirt in an autumn color such as burgundy or navy.
Which scarf style are you rocking this fall? Let us know!
Don’t stow away your dresses just yet! A perfectly styled jean dress makes for an amazing look when the temperatures drop. It’s all about staying comfortable, yet fashionable when it comes to college style. Denim is a classic look that any collegiate girl can pull off. With so many options on how to wear it, we break it down into a simple list so you can find what works best! These denim dress ideas will help you go from day to night or from class to date.
If you’re a regular jean wearer, you know well that denim goes with just about every color and design out there. That’s why a denim dress in dark or light works well with bright and fun accent pieces. Our favorites include red, sling back heels, sunny yellow scarves, or emerald colored earrings. Add a solid color boyfriend cardigan for a bolder look.
Denim dresses most popular style is the short or no-sleeved look, which doesn’t mean it will work walking around an orchard or dining al fresco on a crisp autumn night. A jacket is key, but don’t just pick any coat to cover up. Instead, pick one with a contrasting material such as a fake fur or a ruched velvet. Knit jacket tops also work if the color is contrasting (such as a stark white).
Want to make your denim wear look less “Rosie Rivetter” and more girl’s night out chic? Grab a leather jacket and some boots. Leather is the perfect material to put an edgy spin on the laid-back jean style. All eyes will be on you with this outfit!
You don’t necessarily need to buy a new denim dress. Head to a thrift store (or raid your boyfriend’s closet) for an oversized men’s jean shirt. Roll up the sleeves and pin them at ¾ length. Add a brown or black leather belt to cinch the waist. Top it off by accessorizing with a girly hairpiece (such as a feather clip or a red bandana). It’s DIY with no cutting or sewing!
Reuse that shirt to make a casual, comfortable look perfect for a long day of classes. Instead of defining the waist on the oversized jean shirt, let it flow freely. Add black leggings or tights and a pair of comfortable ankle boots to complete the appearance of being effortlessly cool.
How do you like to style your denim dress? Do you wear it even when temperatures drop? Let us know!
The boot is a must-have accessory for your closet this fall. When temperatures begin to fall, collegiates everywhere love reaching into their closest for their favorite footwear. Paired with jeans, tights, and leggings, you’re hardly out of options when it comes to outfit selection! However, don’t just stick to the same old style or pull out a bland riding boot. With these hot trends, you can keep your feet warm and stylish all season long.
Wedges were dominating with boots all last year, but they were typically reserved for knee-high and mid-calf lengths. Now, designers are combining the comfy, chunky look with funky and functional ankle booties. They’re great for adding a little height in your step!
Moto, or motorcycle, boots are all about utility. These are great for walking to and from classes or hiking outdoors. Instead of stiff leather, look for waterproof sneaker materials with extra laces or buckles for a laid-back style. These kicks will be perfect for combining with jeans and t-shirts.
The California Boho look seems to be here to stay, at least for now. And while we usually think of fringe as something for summer concerts and festivals, fringe boots are a great way of taking a vintage, earthy look into the autumn fashion season. Go bold with multi-colored fringe boots (rainbow and blue are big this year), or look for the Mohawk style with the fur running down the calf in a straight line.
From snakeskin and leopard print to zebra stripes and foxtail, animal patterns are making a huge reappearance. Pulling off an animal print or skin can be a fashion risk, so keep your remaining outfit pieces neutral or all black. Pair a black dress with a pair of blue snakeskin boots or leopard-print booties and a long chocolate-brown coat.
If you’re not one for “girly” looks, combat boots may be perfect for you! Don’t just pick a pair of black, chunky boots reminiscent of military. Look for added details such as patterned roll-downs near the ankle, studs and jewels, or really spice it up with neon-colored laces.
What happens when you combine the two most popular styles (suede material and midcalf length) of boots together? You get the suede midcalf. This boot is perfect for an evening out or a date night. Get them in a jewel tone, such a turquoise blue, or royal purple, for a lush and luxurious look.
Menswear boots are always popular in the fall (just take a look at the combat and moto boots). However, Chelsea boots, especially in tan and brown, are a great way of adding a feminine touch in a shoe that is usually reserved for guys. Find them in the uber-popular rain boot style to make your soggy fall days extra-fashionable.
One of the best parts of being a college student is getting to wear anything you want to class! But when you need to look put together, wearing loose-fitting jogger pants to class may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Luckily, there are several ways to make your outfit look comfortable and chic without much effort. Here are few tips on how to pull off this look.
If one-half of your outfit is made up of comfy, stretchable jogger pants, you need to put effort into the top. This means beat up t-shirts and ill-fitting tank tops are out. Instead, focus on wearing a shirt with a different texture or design. For example, stay away from matching patterns and materials at the risk of looking costume-like. The color should also be contrasting (but complementary) as a way to draw the eyes.
One of the best ways to dress up a pair of jogging pants is to keep it simple with a black or white long shirt. Tuck in your top layer as well if you want a slim fitted, vintage appeal. If that is too boring, you can add interest by making your neutral shirt in a button up or a crop cut.
Want to avoid looking like you just came from the gym? Wear a heel or a wedge. Tennis shoes work if you’re walking from your dorm room to the cafeteria, but if you want to look like you made an effort, your shoes should reflect that. Heels will serve two purposes. First, they will add a more stylish flare. Secondly, they will elongate your legs, which is helpful when most jogger pants tend to shorten the wearer.
If you don’t wear heels, switch it up with detailed sandals. Gladiator or sling backs in flashy colors will stand out. Metallics and strappy sandals are in, so gravitate towards golds and bronzes for an elegant look.
Never underestimate the power of a zip up sweater or a fitted cardigan. Because jogger pants can look unstructured, you will need to pick pieces that show off your bodylines and curves. A great jacket (such as leather) can break up your body, while a dress jacket or blazer can look interview-ready.
Jogger pants are all the rage for good reason: they comfortable, cute, flirty, and a great contrast to last year’s skinny jeans. But like all clothing, not everything will match your body type or personal style. Before you buy a dozen pairs, take yourself to a department store to try on a couple of pairs in neutral colors.
If you want a more professional style, avoid pants that hang too loose around your thighs. In addition, stay away from visible drawstrings…you don’t want to look like you’re wearing pajama pants! Pick materials such as leather, satin, or cotton.
You’ve seen it in shop windows, on television, and at the mall. It’s on celebrities in the tabloids when you are checking out at the grocery store, and now it’s in local stores, available to you! This newest trend in the market has made its way to clothes, bedding, home décor, and down just about every avenue possible. These prints are reminiscent of patterns you may associate with the Aztecs or American Indians, but are updated with a modern twist in color or pattern. If you take a look at clothing retailers like Forever 21 or Free People, you’ll see just what tribal is all about.
These patterns include a lot of triangles, diamonds, arrows, stripes, and zig-zags which make them visually busy patterns, but when worn simply, they are flawless. From swimsuits to tank tops to skinny jeans to oversized sweaters, you can find practically any item of clothing you want in a print that is distinctly tribal. Tribal is a style that is extremely popular at summer music festivals all over the country like Sasquatch and Coachella, where celebs flock, laid-back style is key, and just about everyone is rocking a vintage tee from their favorite band.
To wear tribal prints successfully, pair them with something simple- make sure not to overdo it with other added patterns as this can end up looking like you got dressed in the dark. You can’t go wrong pairing a plain color and statement jewelry with your print. Simplicity is key with tribal, just as it is with any pattern.
Tribal prints also make great wall art, accent pillows, or rugs. Each piece and pattern really has its own personality and has the ability to pull an eclectic room together. If you are going to mix-and-match patterns in your home decor, make sure that they have the same color scheme so they complement each other and don’t look like they clash with the rest of the décor. Black and White is a classy, easy color scheme to mix patterns of the same style in.
If you are afraid to dive in with a bold choice in clothing, try tribal statement jewelry or a tribal purse first. Once you figure out your own style, rock it! Don’t be afraid to jump in on this new trend and incorporate your own ideas now that you know how to wear it!
The 90s are officially back in style. That means overalls, plaid, and yes, even crop tops. It seems like so long ago that Britney Spears made headlines for showing her midriff in the …Baby One More Time music video. Now, with spring here and summer not far away, midriffs are on full display. I’m talking everywhere: at the mall, your favorite restaurant, and even at the school library. Trends are definitely a good thing, but when it comes to showing skin, you’ve got to be careful.
If you’re ready to embrace crop top, bra let, and corset trends this season, pay attention! Here are some do’s and don’ts to tastefully show off your midriff:
There is a fine line between showing skin and showing too much skin. That is why high waisted skirts, shorts, and pants are always a good idea. They can perfectly compliment a midriff-baring top. Ideally, you want to show off an inch or two of skin – no more. That will keep it classy and still let you embrace the trend. So, when you go shopping for a crop top of your very own, don’t forget to look for a high waisted piece to wear with it. You’ll look polished, put together, and fashionable.
Nothing says fashion no-no like wearing a crop top with some low-rise shorts. While you may have seen plenty of girls around campus doing it, that doesn’t mean you have to! Showing off that much skin at one time isn’t flattering or tasteful. That’s why it’s important not to expose too much of your stomach and your legs all at once. If the weather is hot and you’re tempted to grab a pair of low-rise shorts, try pairing a crop top with a long, flowy skirt instead.
If you want to show off your midriff in style, layering is a great idea. Adding on a piece like a lightweight kimono or a sleeveless cardigan can give your outfit a little glamour – while keeping you covered up. It’s the best of both worlds! You can wear a super stylish cropped shirt without ever feeling overexposed. Layering gives you a bit of modesty and can help you feel better, too. Another option? Try layering on a sheer top!
Have you ever bought a top that you totally love – until you put it on? Suddenly, you have buyer’s remorse. Here’s the thing: if you’re wearing something you’re not comfortable in, everyone can tell. You’ll spend your afternoon tugging at your tee, putting your purse on your lap, and wishing you brought along a sweater.
When it comes to showing your midriff, the most important ‘do’ is to be confident. Whether you’re showing an inch of skin or your entire stomach, make sure you look and feel great in what you’re wearing. After all, that’s what matters most!