Campus Style

By Heather Hawkes

Columnist

We’ve all done it. After spending hours obsessing over trends on the runway from fashion week, you start pulling the most obscure pieces from your wardrobe until you realize that your Forever21 infinity scarf will never pass for a Vera Wang cable-knit head wrap. Rather than getting discouraged, get inspired.

High fashion doesn’t necessarily mean high prices. Be thrifty! (Photo courtesy of Balenciaga)

This spring, the runway is filled with chic combinations that can easily be transformed into your everyday wardrobe. Balenciaga’s Sring/Summer ’13 runway collection is a great source of inspiration for this season. One ensemble in particular pairs a structured, butter cream crewneck tank with a black and white striped circle skirt. The texturized top and patterned skirt keep the look modern, while the color combination gives the outfit a softness that screams springtime.

The line has modern, yet sensible pieces that can easily be found at your local retailers. Though it is tempting, buying directly from the designer would set you back well over $1,000. Fortunately for the thrifty college student, affordable vendors such as ASOS and Urban Outfitters carry a variety of pieces that will help you effectively pull off this look for a fraction of the price.

Don’t get caught up in trying to mirror the look precisely. Take the main concepts or ideas and make them your own. Key components to focus on are color combinations, textures, patterns and clothing structure. Let these be your inspiration to create a runway-inspired look that is all your own.

So stop trying to make that infinity scarf a replication of the Halston frock dress Halle Berry sported back in 2011 and go hunt for a few staple pieces to create your very own Spring/Summer collection.