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Spring Fashion | March 21, 2012

Brighten Up:

Spring Fashion Rachel Aretakis “The colored denim — that’s cute still — but comfortable, rather than just a regular pair of denim,” Patterson said. “I think that they are a more trendy look that is comfortable.” Patterson said the style can quickly dress up a white T-shirt. As the weather gets warmer and Keeneland season approaches, Gross said women will be wearing color block dresses to the races. According to Glamour Magazine, the solidcolor pieces “make simple dressing look glam.” But avoid more than three colors when putting a color block outfit together, the magazine advised. For those who don’t want to make quite as bold a statement through color block, tribal or Aztec print dresses, pastel is also in style. Gross said women will be wearing pastel-colored dresses at Keeneland, and pastels are indicative of “what the new spring and summer thing is going to be.” According to Vogue, accessories in pastel colors will be worn a lot this season. “The neon colors that we saw all over the runways and streets last year have mellowed out. This spring, brighter turns lighter in a pale, fresh and feminine palette,” according to Vogue’s Guide online.

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But Patterson said she thinks neon will still be a big color for Keeneland this year, too. “Even though it’s earlier in the season, I think there are going to be brighter dresses,” Patterson said. “I think people are going to push the limits with what they normally wear.”

OMG! Shoes

The color palette for spring and summer fashion is heating up along with the temperature, as trends and popular styles begin to reach campus. Students can turn their wardrobe up a notch by adding bright colors or pretty pastels to any outfit, creating a trendy look that is comfortable. Everything from colored denim and color blocking to tribal prints and pastels is in style. Paige Patterson, a merchandising, apparel and textiles senior, said colored denim is going to be huge this spring and summer. Jeans can be found in almost any color — neons, pastels, and hues such as teal, yellow, purple and mint green. Meredith Gross, a merchandising, apparel and textiles sophomore, agreed and said it is one of her favorite trends. “I really like the coral and orange colors,” Gross said. “I just bought coral jeans and I’m excited to wear them.” Both Gross and Patterson think this trend of brightly colored jeans will be one that translates easily to campus.

As for shoes, styles are not only cute, but also will leave your feet happy. Gross thinks Toms shoes will become even more popular on campus this season. Toms “are more a spring and summer shoe, besides flipflops,” Gross said. And with new styles and patterns added, she thinks a lot more people will be wearing them because they are appealing to any style. Another campus style is colorful boat shoes, which are also something to look out for when shopping. Patterson said wedges will be huge for spring, especially strappy ones. Women’s Wear Daily also suggests ‘70s-style platforms will be a spring 2012 trend, according to its website.


Dress and earrings from Bella Rose. Hat from Keeneland Shop.

Left: Dress, bracelet, ring,necklace & earrings fromLucia’s World Friendly Boutique. Purse from Keeneland Shop. Center: Dress, blazer, earrings and bracelet from Bluetique.

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Left: Pants & blouse from Worlds Apart. Right: Bowtie, belt, blazer, slacks & shoes from Howard & Miller.


Left: Dress from Calypso. Hat from Keeneland Shop. Right: Suit, tie & handkerchief from Stuart Mercer Gentleman’s Shoppe featuring Crittenden.

Special thanks to these fine retailers: • Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique — 523 E. High St.

• Bluetique — 245 Woodland Ave.

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• Keeneland Shop — 4201 Versailles Road. Left: Dress & necklace from Bluetique. Center: Dress & necklace from Bella Rose. Right: Dress from Calypso.

• Calypso — 513 E. Maxwell St.

• Bella Rose — 126 W. Maxwell St.

• Worlds Apart — Lexington Green Circle.

• The Black Market Boutique — 516 East High Street.

• Howard & Miller — 127 N. Broadway in Victorian Square.

• Stuart Mercer Gentleman’s Shoppe featuring Crittenden — 126 W. Maxwell St., Suite 200.


Blouse & necklace from Worlds Apart.

Dress from Calypso.

Dress, bracelet, necklace & earrings from Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique. Purse from Keeneland Shop.

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Cotton shirt from Stuart Mercer Gentleman’s Shoppe featuring Crittenden.

Left: T-shirt from The Black Market Boutique. Driving shoes from Howard & Miller. Right: Top & shorts from The Black Market Boutique.

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Left: Dress, bracelet, necklace & purse from Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique. Hat from Keeneland Shop.

Right: Dress & necklace from Bluetique. Hat & purse from Keeneland Shop.

All Photos courtesy: Q. Lige & T. Lighty

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