Bobcats should embrace bold fashion statements this spring

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Women’s pastel dresses have been a spring staple for years.

The clashing prints, busy ensembles and over-the-top outfits of winter will be left behind as the spring brings simplicity and bold pieces working together to create strong and powerful statements.

Color blocking has returned to the runways along with ladylike colors and subtle floral prints. Although flowers and bright colors are traditional springtime favorites, there are several fresh trends to break up basics. Here is a breakdown of the eight most important trends to follow this spring.

First and foremost, learn to embrace the crop top—they are not going anywhere, so welcome them as a staple in your spring wardrobe. Hit the gym and tone those abs because midriffs are the ultimate accessory this spring. The range goes from sporty to sexy, so make sure to own one of these.

A delightfully tacky ‘90s trend is back and better than ever. Get ready to go gaga over logos this spring. Designers embroider and embellish popular logos over dresses, sequin T-shirts and skirts. This trend is sure to be a favorite this season.

New to spring are satins and metallics. From skirts to coats, gunmetal, copper, silver and gold are making their way off the runways and into the wardrobe. Looking like a disco ball during the day is now socially acceptable.

The more daring Bobcats can beat the heat and show a little skin as the weather warms. Sheer fabrics are the perfect mix of girly and sporty. They have been spotted on catwalks courtesy of designers like Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim.    

This season, designers showcase soft and clean pieces strategically embellished. Tory Burch delivered flirty dresses with glam necklines, while Wes Gordon opted for completely embellished maxi dresses. Whether it is for a night out or just to go to class, embellishments are a must or just to go to classer warmsis season.

The idea of shorts and flip-flops as go-to attire for men during warm weather is no longer accepted. Men’s fashion for this spring is effortlessly cool. The most noticeable trend is white. An all-white suit is going to be essential. The addition of a simple pop of color brings personality to the suit. Look to Jil Sander menswear collections as inspirations for this white-hot look.  

Another big trend for men is pieces in block stripes—preferably in shades of pastel. Do not confuse this trend—pinstripes are not experiencing a revival. The stripes must be big—the bigger the better, in fact.

The big comeback for men is ‘50s fashion. Loose, high-hitting shorts and collars popping out of jackets pay trendy tribute to the beat generation heroes—Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. This season promises to be a delightful and edgy time for fashionistas all around.