As the final quarter of the school year settles in and the days get warmer, stepping up your wardrobe is a must. With spring comes many newly popularized pieces, making it the ideal season to try out those trendy styles you have been eyeing all winter.
A new style of blouse is taking the fashion world by storm. Slightly resembling corsets, lace-up tops feature a plunging neckline, conservatively tied off with a string. These trendy tops come in both tighter and looser fitting variations, and can be dressed up or down. Tighter fits can be paired with a bodycon skirt to seem like a 2-piece dress, while looser fits can be paired with jeans to give off an effortless vibe. Most styles come in solid colors, but printed lace-up tops provide a more unique take on the new style. Lace-up tops can be found at most trendy stores with prices starting at around $10 from Forever 21 and going upwards of $30 at Topshop and Urban Outfitters.
With bohemian styles continuing to be all the craze, off-the-shoulder dresses undoubtedly hit the mark. These dresses expose the shoulders, making their wearability similar to that of strapless dresses. While these dresses come in both tight and loose varieties, looser and breezier styles tend to be more popular during the spring. A classic way to style off-the-shoulder dresses are with sandals and a denim jacket or vest. This low-maintenance dress is sure to become a stylish wardrobe classic. Off-the-shoulder dresses can run anywhere from from $30 to $80, with Forever 21 and H&M occupying the bottom of that price range and stores such as Free People, Urban Outfitters and ASOS covering the more expensive range.
For all the clumsy, uncoordinated girls out there: now is the chance for your inner prima ballerina to shine. Lace-up shoes, the fancier sister of ballet flats, are the new “it-shoe” of the spring, with their pointed toes and laces wrapping around the lower calf, similar to a ballerina’s pointe shoe. The lace-up style can be found on both ballet flats and heels and is a simple way to add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Popular in nude or black, lace-up shoes are easy to pair with cuffed skinny jeans and skirts in casual settings and add a unique, polished look when paired with dresses. These shoes are available at most popular clothing stores such as Forever 21 and Nordstrom with prices ranging from $20 to over $100.
Baseball caps are comfortable without compromising style, making them effortless accessories to throw on on the way out the door. No longer reserved for the occasional outdoor excursion or sports game, this accessory can be paired with any casual outfit to conceal a bad hair day or add an athletic flair. Although snapbacks have been the more popular option in recent years, the classic curved bill of the baseball cap provides a timeless silhouette that fits every face shape. Baseball caps with logos can be found online or at stadiums during games and provide an opportunity to support favorite sports teams. Not a sports fan? No problem – Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters and other popular clothing stores all carry baseball caps with various patterns and embroidered phrases for $15 to $25.