Mix of East and West Coast trends turns winter into spring

Mix of East and West Coast trends turns winter into spring

Students layer East Coast prep with West Coast bohemian for a new Spring style trend that meets the demands of the changing weather. CW | Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

When walking outside Monday morning, it was easy to notice the sudden change in temperature. The groundhog might have said six more weeks of winter, but Tuscaloosa is saying differently – it feels like spring has arrived. Now is the perfect time to pick up new trends and transition winter’s sweaters and boots into spring’s dresses and sandals.

Spring will be all about the combination of East Coast prep and West Coast bohemian. The combination of tassels and loose, oversized shapes will meet structured cardigans and loafers, taking the best parts of both looks and creating a new style. Try this look by turning a polo shirt into a crop top by tying the hem on the side. Wear it over high-waist skinny pants or a skirt for a look that can be taken from day to night with a change 
of shoes.

The color white is also a huge spring trend. Work that Olivia Pope look and try a monochromatic scheme. Try this trend by combining white jeans and a white T-shirt with some simple gold or brass-colored jewelry. Keep the shapes slouchy and casual to make this look 
appropriate for class.

Loose dresses overlap the transition from winter to spring, and the babydoll shape is popular. To add some warmth for chilly mornings, add a sweater and sturdy shoes like boots. If it’s too cold for exposed legs, skip the tights or leggings and try knee-high or thigh-high socks, an update on the school girl aesthetic that is making a definite comeback in the fashion world. These light layers can be shed as temperatures warm up.

An interesting trend for the adventurous fashionistas out there is the skirt and dress layering look. Why leave the layering for just tops and sweaters? Pick a dress with a fairly simple shape, place a coordinating skirt over it and let the dress peek out at the bottom. Keep colors simple and patterns at a minimum for this look to work. Add a dose of confidence and this look is the splash that will 
draw attention.