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Spring 2014 brings back pastels

Angela Perez de Tagle, Staff Writer

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Bring out the shorts, skirts, and dresses. Warm weather has made its way back to Carlmont.

The spring season for fashion kicks off with sunny skies and bright colors. Time to put away darker shades of gray, blue, and black, and flaunt florals and pastels.

“I don’t wear a lot of floral, but I like being able to spice up my wardrobe during different seasons because normally my clothes consist mostly of black,” said senior Jenny Chen.

Pastels, the most predicted trend of the upcoming season, have been featured on runways in an array of colors: from pinks and corals to mint greens and baby blues.

Some designer brands that have recently showcased pastel collections include Rebecca Taylor, Badgley Mischka, and Philosophy.

Pastels can no longer be thought of as generic Easter-themed tones. Though the hue originated even before the Renaissance era, it has continued to make consistent appearances throughout fashion history and has become more and more unique as the years go by.

In previous years, non-designer brands and stores more accessible to teens have also made pastel-colored styles available to shoppers. The clothing store PacSun is well-known for Bullhead jeans, a brand that was once very popular among teens thanks to their pastel skinny jeans.

“I remember in middle school, every girl owned at least one pair of skinny jeans from PacSun; they wore light colors like blue, pink and orange,” said Chen. “They were everywhere. Everyone was following the trend.”

The fashion industry’s most talked about pastel must-haves for spring range from cropped tops to cropped jeans and beyond.

Though the classic crop top has already gained significant popularity among students at Carlmont, it is still possible to stylize this look in a way that will allow any girl to stand out from her peers.

Topshop, a British multinational retailer that has made itself well-known in the United States, released unique collections of lace and quilted crop tops.

Mango, a clothing company originally founded in Spain, has reintroduced pale colored skinny jeans just in time for the new season.

“I love shopping at Topshop. [The clothes are] expensive, but the quality is worth the price. And Mango usually has great sales,” said Chen.

In addition to the common must-haves, shoppers should also be on the lookout for new accessories to brighten up their spring style.

J.Crew’s bags and accessories are the perfect combination of chic and classy. Stylists suggest that the best way to keep the spring season from being dull and colorless is to sport bright, new clutches and outfit-tying necklaces and bracelets.

“It’s that time of year again, when we need to put all our winter clothes and our thick sweaters away,” said Chen. “I need to go shopping!”

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