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Campus chic

Kwak heralds the arrival of spring with a light and slimming outfit. (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong) Kwak heralds the arrival of spring with a light and slimming outfit. (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong) Lim puts together a daring outfit by trying out harem pants and strappy sandals.  (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong) Lim puts together a daring outfit by trying out harem pants and strappy sandals. (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong)

At last, we can peel off our down jackets and set aside our sweatpants for lounging — with six weeks of school left, there is plenty of time to celebrate the official coming of spring. And, just like many students have been doing since last week, there is no better way to do so than to slide on a breezy, lightweight outfit and lie outside on the grass.

A variety of spring styles have already made their debut on campus, from floral dresses to high-waist shorts to an array of strappy and embellished sandals. The temperature has nowhere to go but up, yet in this transition phase with the occasional chilly wind, it’s important to suit up with appropriate pieces.

Jung Eun Kwak, a sophomore mathematical sciences major, and Shu Ming Lim, a sophomore in H&SS, show off their terrific senses of style without succumbing to the sweeping wind. Both use one main piece as a statement and keep the rest of their outfits simple.

Kwak wears an exaggerated cowl-neck sweater with ruffled short sleeves, and because there is so much emphasis on top, it shows off her face and neck. Overall, her outfit is slimming, chic, and surprisingly easy to recreate.

Lim fearlessly tries on one of spring’s most talked-about items — the harem pant. With a drop waist and a low inseam, the silhouette is incredibly hard to pull off, but Lim has it down pat. In accordance with Kwak, she keeps the main focus of her look on one piece, and wears a splash of color on top. Her strappy flat sandals contrast with the pants, making her style one-of-a-kind in creativity.

If you aren’t sure where to look for statement pieces like Kwak’s sweater or Lim’s pants, there are a variety of stores in Pittsburgh that offer both and everything in between. Feminine style with edgy twists can be found at Chick Downtown, a local boutique that offers See by Chloe, Jill Stuart, Anna Sui, and many more. If you’re looking for a bold floral top or dress, Chick has a wide selection, and interlaced among the racks are LNA leggings with ankle zippers and destroyed boyfriend jeans.

The Dress Circle, located in Shadyside right off Walnut Street, is another boutique that features pricier but beautiful designs from the likes of Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Chris Benz, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and many lesser-known independent designers. Many of the pieces boast stunning shapes and have just the right amount of flow, drape, or fit. At this store, it’s worthwhile to take time combing through the racks because there is almost always at least one piece that will catch your eye.

Finally, for those of us looking to catch the spring fashion bug without spending a fortune, there is Southside’s Urban Outfitters. In fact, they offer a less dramatic version of Lim’s harem pants at a relatively low price. With a fresh new spring line, Urban Outfitters also offers a great assortment of sandals, pocket tanks, and colorful dresses.

It’s great to finally be able to step out and feel spring in the air. An important part of spring is the opportunities it provides — and there’s no better way to take advantage of all the possibilities than to experiment with daring looks and dramatic pieces.