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USC’s Fashion Board suggests pastels, statement pieces for students' spring closets

Spring has arrived with a new wave of style trends predicted by USC's Fashion Board varying from closet staples to bold jewelry.

Fashion Board is a student-led organization that provides students with a fashion community and hands-on experience in the fashion industry. The organization hosts USC Fashion Week every spring.

Capris are making a comeback and will create a great spring look when paired with a peplum top, said Nicole Danysh, a second-year retail and fashion merchandising student on Fashion Board. 

“I feel like anyone can pull (capris) off. Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid recently (wore) them. Julia Fox brought a lot of attention to them,” Danysh said. 

One spring staple is the flowy maxi skirt, said Katelyn Vetro, a first-year fashion merchandising student on USC's Fashion Board.

Danysh said there might be a new twist on the classic maxi skirt as well.

“I definitely think maxi skirts are going to still be in, but I think a lot of designers are going more of the sheer direction, so kind of a bit more immodest, like a coverup kind of situation,” Danysh said. 

For spring styling, trends will focus on the shapes made by different clothing pairings, first-year retail fashion merchandising student Dezya Monts said. Monts said there are various pairing options that help to accentuate the body such as an oversized top with big bottoms, a small top with big bottoms, or a small top with small bottoms, a choice that often reflects the person's personality.

“If a person is more like a laid-back, comfortable person, it's always going to be like little shirt, big pants," Monts said. "And then the other way around, for people that are more outgoing ... it’s starting to become a trend, like a lot of people will wear a small skirt with an oversized shirt." 

Vetro said she thinks texture will play a big part in fashion this spring.

Specifically, fashion this season differs from last spring due to the rise of embroidery and 3D embellishments, Danysh said. 

“Obviously florals for spring, but I think it’s really going in a different, innovative direction," Danysh said. "Instead of just a traditional floral print, it's more — it's 3D." 

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Vetro said different textures such as ruched fabric and lace, as well as cowl necklines, will be seen more throughout this season. She said these textures will emphasize movement in the clothing.

When it comes to accessories for this spring, Vetro and Danysh said bold statement pieces are in, as well as a maximalist approach to accessorizing. Arm cuffs are a great accessory for spring to elevate a simple outfit, Vetro said.

“I think we’re going more like dreamy pastels," Danysh said. "(They) just evoke that spring joy.” 

Vetro said "butter yellow" will be seen a lot, as well as lavender. 

Fashion is unique to the person and should reflect the individual, Vetro said. 

"Trends, like they definitely exist, but they’re not the end all be all. Everyone wants to have an individual style," Vetro said. "

USC’s Fashion Board is holding its annual fashion show on April 3 at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art as the finale of USC Fashion Week.