Fashion in full bloom with bright colors, floral prints

By Hannah Mueoz

Blossoming flowers and chirping birds won’t be the only thing
capturing attention this spring.

Trendsetters also forecast bright and fearless women’s
apparel.

Bold colors are the main squeeze of the season, especially
yellow, pink, lime green and orange, according to Cynthia Regan,
apparel merchandising and management professor at Cal Poly.

Some Cal Poly students have also decided to hop on the fashion
bandwagon for bright fun.

“I’m going to wear summer dresses – probably pink or bright
colors,” said Vanessa Aguilar, a third-year sociology student.
“[I’m also going to wear] flip flops, shorts and tank tops.”

It doesn’t matter if the garment is basic. Designers believe
vibrant colors are enough to enliven the clothing article.

Spring shoppers shouldn’t be skeptical about wearing the
brighter colors, even if it is not in their normal clothing color
range.

Instead, women should embrace bold colors this spring to gain
new perspective, suggests InStyle Magazine.

Regan doesn’t believe students have had problems adopting
perceived trendy colors.

“We’ve picked up yellow color [from trendsetters], because I’ve
definitely seen it,” said Regan.

Celebrities such as Audrina Partridge, Beyonce, Fergie, Leighton
Meester, Tori Spelling and Victoria Beckham have also seasonally
adopted these fearlessly bold colors.

Floral prints are also budding prospects for fashion style. They
can come in any shape or color, and they can work with any fabric
from cotton to silk.

Elegant gowns, casual dresses, blouses and skirts are all
capable of flaunting spring fever through flowers, according to
designers such as J.Crew, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana and
Ralph Lauren.

InStyle Magazine also believes safari and global attire will
make waves this spring. The variety of shapes and patterns
represent diverse global countries, with some designers’ main
emphasis on Middle Eastern and African cultural styles, Style.com
says.

Some designers tend to keep their articles modernized,
however.

“The bold colors and silky fabric have a Balinese feel, but the
cut is very modern. So genius!” said Melissa George, a former model
and current actress, in InStyle Magazine.

Regan also said black and white geometric prints have been
thoroughly marketed by top designers this year.

Leggings accompanied with tunics or long blouses will also
continue to be worn from now to the fall, according to Regan. Vests
also won’t be a passing fad this spring. Colorful, summery
patterns, denim vests, and pinstripe fashion vests are being sold
in department stores, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Denim jeans are also a major part of one’s wardrobe, according
to Regan.

“Whatever trends are in, it must go with denim because most
college-age [women] only change tops,” said Regan.

With the demand for denim, skinny jeans are growing in
popularity, and an increasing number of celebrities have been
spotted in them.

Many women wear low-rise jeans, but jeans are beginning to
ascend higher in the waist.

“You’ll see [them sneaking up] in the next few years,” said
Regan.

The waist line will remain below the belly button, however.

Denim colors are also getting a bit darker, and stitching is
beginning to be more visible. Some newly marketed jeans are using
white stitching.

Plastic, colorful jelly shoes are also making a comeback this
year, along with gladiator sandals, the Los Angeles Times
reports.

Although these are not guaranteed fashion trends, trendsetters
set the pace for our current spring fashion two years in advance in
England. Top designers have also perceived specific trends to reach
trend seekers.

Not everybody will follow them. April Hankins, a first-year
physics student, has decided not to participate in trendy
fashions.

“I’m not with the in crowd,” said Hankins. “I do my own thing. I
wear what’s comfortable.”

Although not everyone can afford designer brands, especially
college-age students, companies such as Forever 21 and H&M have
adopted certain styles to reach this demographic, Regan said.

She also said no type of trend has been created, but meanings
have been translated through designers’ understanding of the
fashion prediction.

“They don’t create trends, they interpret them,” said Regan.

Fashion in full bloom with bright colors, floral prints

Allen Chen/The Poly Post

Fashion in full bloom with bright colors, floral prints

Fashion in full bloom with bright colors, floral prints

Allen Chen/The Poly Post

Fashion in full bloom with bright colors, floral prints

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