Fall Forward, Spring Fashions

A little volume to the waist line. Layers upon layers. The skinniest of skinny jeans. Knee-high boots. The look: chic, layered, polished, but sexy as ever. All of these trends are taking over FAU and New York’s Olympus Fashion Week for spring 2007.

Among the favorites designers, Michael Kors, Vera Wang and Marc Jacobs seemed to be in sync with all the right trends and pieces that can be affordable for college students.

With skinny jeans all over campus now, designers are going for an even skinnier width in pants for spring season. On top of the skin-tight pants, simple long tops are showing the desired parts of the legs.

Layering on light materials or the “bubble dress” (a little volume underneath the waistline) creates a fantastic flow and an illusion of a thinner body under the layers. The fashion staple of “no white after Labor Day” has clearly been ignored with shades of crisp white making up very polished outfits on the runways and in the Breezeway.

Along with white, natural colors such as white, black and cream tops can be teamed up with a splash of metallic in the shoes or accessories. For shoes, knee-high stilettos or equestrian boots can be the sexiest part of the outfit for a night out with the girls.

By proving less is more for the real college student with a curvy body, the look is all legs and showing little skin anywhere else. Perhaps the biggest trend is to hike up the hem lines. Also, by teaming up great wedge-strapped sandals with a skirt or shorts, the illusion of height is created.

The best part about the spring lines for 2007? With six months until spring, the knee-high boots, skinny jeans, and the “bubble” dress are hot items for fall. For students, affordable stores such as Forever 21, Jimmy Z’s and H&M have all the latest styles. For a vintage twist on creating your look, consignment stores such as Miami Beach Vintage in Lake Worth have great pieces. For boots, check out your favorite places such as Steve Madden and Aldo.

Every spring trend does not fit every body shape. Try on everything, and if you don’t love it, try something else. For an idea, instead of wearing super-skinny jeans with a shorter top, pair the pants with the “bubble” dress. In the end, wear what you love best on you.

“Fashion fades, but style is eternal”-Yves Saint Laurent.