Everyone needs a good blazer to complete the professional wardrobe. Sure, sometimes they are considered typical and boring, but you can turn the traditional blazer into a statement piece. Blazers in every shade and silhouette rocked the spring 2012 runways and now occupy window displays everywhere. From basic black, neutrals and nudes for more conservative occupations to bright and pastel hues for creative industries, every college student needs the perfect blazer to don through the job search.
Save: Snag a Forever 21 Sateen Ruched Sleeve Blazer in green. $29.80, Forever 21.
Splurge: Girls, get a Seasonless Ruffle jacket in black from White House Black Market, $148. Guys, pick up a Polo Ralph Lauren Chino Sport Coat in navy. $295, Granger Owings.
As spring approaches, invest in a hot pair of shades to ensure your baby blues are protected from the harsh southern sun or to mask proof of an all-nighter in T-Coop. If you’re not sure what shape is best for you, keep these tips in mind: Heart-shaped faces look best in rounded styles. If your face is round, funky, angular frames will sharpen and elongate it; try an oversized square frame in a bold color or pattern. Square-shaped faces look best with playful shapes that soften sharp lines.
Save: Girls, try a funky pair of cheetah print, square-framed shades. $25, Handpicked. Guys, grab tortoise shell Clubmaster’s at Sid & Nancy. $20
Splurge: Girls, get a cool pair of Dita Savoy Cat-Eye sunglasses. $295, www.shopbop.com. Boys, you need the M.JACOBS 252/S style by Marc Jacobs. $295, Solstice.
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Bold colors and floral prints will be big on the fashion scene this spring. From flowing dresses to high-waisted shorts and pants, they are everywhere—especially in bright acidic colors. While a full floral suit may be a little much for the streets of Columbia, a fun floral frock or bright floral short could spruce up that closet of yours. Pair your funky floral prints with bold color-block patterns and playful accessories for a look from the runway.
Save: For the ladies: Forever 21 Floral Print Short. $13.80, Forever21.com. Guys, snag the Merona Ultimate Chino Pant in “Berry Quick.” $28, Target.
Splurge: For the girls: snag a shift dress in pink and orange from Just the Thing, $90. Gentlemen, spring for a Lily Pulitzer tie in “Shorely Blue Bellina.” $72, Pink Sorbet.