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Stay on trend with color, accessories, over-exaggerated shapes

Tweak trends for figure-flattering silhouettes, says professor
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wearing white as an indication that spring is here is old fashioned, according to Jenifer Roberts, assistant professor of fashion at Missouri State University. So what clothing will showcase that spring has come this season? She said to watch for color, patterns and fun accessories.

“Fashion is just evolving from one season to the next, so you’re going to see what was on the fall runway interpreted in lighter, softer colors,” Roberts said.

Roberts said some of the on-trend statements will be:

  • Skinny jeans in pastels and patterns
  • Bermuda shorts, versus last year’s short-shorts
  • Patterns, specifically jail stripes, and mixing two patterns in one outfit
  • Over-exaggerated silhouettes returning from the 1980s
  • Large ruffles in the sleeves or neckline
  • Interesting accessories, specifically sunglasses in color and a variety of shapes
  • Silhouettes and color-blocking from the 1960s
  • Flats with a pointy toe
  • Square inch heels
  • Monochromatic looks with one focal point accessory

Roberts encourages women to update their style by utilizing silhouettes that are figure flattering for them and adding on trend accessories.

“In the spring time, we show our personality through our shoes and accessories,” said Roberts. “There’s no reason – as women –we can’t take a silhouette we feel comfortable with and make a twist on it to keep up with what is happening in the current season.”

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The College of Business is one of the largest business programs in the Midwest. The college includes four departments: computer information systems, finance and general business, management, marketing and the School of Accountancy in the business unit, as well as two separately-accredited departments: fashion and interior design, and technology and construction management. The COB, along with the School of Accountancy, hold the prestigious full accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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