By Erika Lopez
Even though this winter wasn’t as miserable as last year’s, with abnormally warm days and only a few instances of snowfall, Yale students are excited for the springtime. During the months of April and May, students like to spend their days outside, playing sports, sunbathing, and trying to forget the unfortunate reality of final exams being just a few weeks away.
With warmer temperatures and more sunshine on the horizon, students are shedding Canada Goose jackets and L.L Bean boots in favor of lighter outerwear and sandals. The fashion trends seen on the runway for Spring 2016 vary in terms of texture and take inspiration from the 80’s with many bright colors incorporated into clothing pieces. For the first time, designers and color experts came up with a list of hues for the season that wasn’t gender specific. Some of the colors that made the list included buttercup, lilac grey, and snorkel blue.
For women, there are several spring trends that will have difficulty translating from runway to street style. Designers from Alexander Wang to Marc Jacobs dressed their models in an updated version of lingerie. Models sported see-through and lacy slip dresses, and although spring is the perfect time for dresses, this trend is rather bold for everyday wear.
Tie-dye is another trend that was seen all over runways for spring, but even this may be a bit too adventurous for people. While tie-dye was extremely popular in the 70’s for its psychedelic colors and was traditionally associated with T-shirts, designers have since started including the pattern on maxi dresses, hoodies, and even pants. However, despite the additional pieces of clothing incorporating this new pattern, it’s hard to say whether tie-dye will actually catch on. (Perhaps at Spring Fling?)
One of the most wearable trends this season for women is the exposed shoulder, which has become increasingly popular over the years and is oftentimes combined with the crop top. Models on the runway were found sporting this trend with other clothing pieces like dresses and long-sleeved tops. There’s something both flattering and feminine about the exposed shoulder trend for most women, which may explain why it is so popular on college campuses.
This season, designers have also been playing with texture. Ruffles, embroidery, and sequins are everywhere. These textures can be quite delicate and feminine, all while adding a touch of originality to an outfit. Take, for example, embroidery in the form of a patch on a jean jacket to personalize an otherwise standard piece of clothing. Ruffles have been spotted on runway models on dresses and skirts.
Bold stripes is a trend that serves as a transition from fall/winter to spring. Designers have put a twist on the classic stripe pattern that everyone has in their closet by changing the color scheme. Not only are the stripes brighter in color, but they are also bold with respect to size. Many of the stripes seen on dresses during spring fashion weeks were larger and vertical rather than the usual horizontal.
Lastly for women’s fashion, there seems to be a return to a casual, urban style that is characterized by joggers, sneakers, and mesh clothing. This style is extremely wearable for college students because it’s comfort clothing.