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WHAT TO WEAR: Spring

April 13th, 2015 at 2:00am

“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Most anyone can recognize this iconic and deadpan line, said by character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. Well, contrary to what Priestly might say on the topic, sometimes going back to basics during this season can be more impactful than a busy statement outfit.

Take this week’s Fashionista, for example. She wears a simple cotton dress, oversized cardigan and neutral colored ballet flats. Matched with a sand colored backpack, the colors are all reminiscent of the beach, making the outfit feel like a breath of fresh air.

The solid colored dress is understated in a dressy way and more soothing to the eye than a busy floral. A cotton dress like this can be worn anywhere, from a hike in a local park to a nice restaurant to a concert, making it a worthy springtime investment.

Now that winter winds are receding, it’s time for us to pack up our winter coats and start looking for alternate outerwear. This Fashionista has us covered, with a long and warm cardigan to layer over her dress. This style piece matches any spring outfit; it can also be worn over high-waisted shorts on warmer days or with boyfriend jeans and a tank top on cooler ones. The lacy embellishments on the sleeve make it breezy and add a bohemian vibe without compromising the cozy knit of the body.

As for accessories, there are hundreds of pieces and styles to choose from depending on the vibe you want your outfit to have. For an outfit to look simple and natural, stick to just one statement piece; whether it’s a big necklace, stack of bangles or dangly earrings. To give the outfit a springy and carefree vibe you can incorporate a natural element such as this Fashionista’s peacock feather earrings.

Last but not least, springtime footwear should be comfortable above anything else. Flats and espadrilles are the best pay to pull off this look until April showers subside enough for your favorite pair of sandals. A versatile shoe, such as a pair of neutral ballet flats, is easy to slip-on with any outfit.

Most importantly, every piece of this Fashionista’s outfit can be mixed and matched to create dozens of other looks. Versatility is key to the easygoing nature of spring style and makes life for a college Fashionista easier. Sometimes looking grounded can be better than groundbreaking.

One Simple Change: To switch easily from class to a dressier occasion such as a presentation or date night, ditch the flats in lieu of strappy wedges or sparkly loafers.