Campus Style: Spring essentials

By Jordan Koziol
Columnist

As college students, we know that nothing is certain besides death, taxes and an exorbitant amount of work before the mid-semester break. Hang in there. Whether you’re headed for the beach or your hometown this spring break, there are blue skies ahead. In preparation for some warm-weather downtime, check out the stylish spring trends below.

The slip dress is a spring essential. (Flickr.com)
The slip dress is a spring essential. (Flickr.com)

  The dress: From the red carpet to the runway, the slip dress is all the rage for the 2016 spring/summer season. With an easy silhouette and lightweight fabric, this functional layering piece is perfect under an open cardigan or motorcycle jacket. By tweaking your accessories, you can easily transition the look from day to night. So don’t wait — take advantage of the upcoming break by raiding your mom’s closet or a local thrift shop for one of these silky numbers.

• The shoe: Ladies and gentlemen, lace-up for the next spring trend — literally. That’s right, the shoes of the moment criss-cross and wrap around the ankle. Think leather sandals, gladiators, espadrilles or even peep-toe booties. Paired with jeans and a knit tank top or a simple cotton dress, these strappy shoes are the perfect finishing touch for any spring ensemble.

Backpacks are in style again and make for a great accessory. (Flickr.com)
Backpacks are in style again and make for a great accessory. (Flickr.com)

• The bag: Paging all college students. The next hot trend is none other than your trusty backpack. You can thank Burberry, the fashion empire that recently launched a parade of backpack-clad models down the runway, for bringing school back into style. Since then, hotshots like Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid have sported the look. Perfect for traveling and taking adventures, the grown-up backpack is officially in.

• The accessory: The skinny scarf, a slimmed-down version of winter’s massive blanket scarf, is making its debut this spring. Looking to spice up a boring T-shirt or button down? Grab this simple and budget-friendly accessory for a fresh, ’70s-inspired look.

If none of the above suits your fancy, fear not, for there are plenty of other trends to try. The spring forecast is calling for a heavy chance of wrap skirts, lightweight denim, plaid, pleats and orange hues. So finish up those papers, take that midterm exam and get excited about the warm (and stylish) spring break ahead.