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Jonnelle Saunders puts together a feminine look with a ruffled, yellow frock and crisp jacket. (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong) Jonnelle Saunders puts together a feminine look with a ruffled, yellow frock and crisp jacket. (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong) Camly Tran wears a colorful jumpsuit with flair. (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong) Camly Tran wears a colorful jumpsuit with flair. (credit: Courtesy of Eddie Wong)

At last, Carnival kicks off with a bang as it unofficially marks the start to the end of the semester. The weather, which is unusually consecutively sunny, the booths — just as exciting as the year before — and the assortment of Carnival food — fried Oreos, anyone? — provides Carnegie Mellon students with a much-needed and enjoyable break from work overload and sleep deficit.

There is always so much excitement surrounding Carnival that it is inevitably reflected in the fresh wardrobes of the students and the event’s attendees. Spring echoes a new start with many breaking out of drab library-chic wear and embracing easy-going, comfortable, bright pieces.

Jonnelle Saunders, a sophomore science and humanities scholar, immediately catches the eye with her ultra-feminine yellow frock, the ruffles of which are downplayed by a structured white blazer, pulling together a fantastic summery piece. The colors complement her skin tone, and the rest of her look isn’t unnecessarily cluttered.

All regular fashion magazine readers have had the next big look ingrained into their heads for many months now — the jumpsuit is purported to be a great in-between piece, wedged between the sleek dress and slim suit categories. It comes in all varieties, from slick silk to utilitarian thick jersey to playful floral, and advocates boast its surprising wearability and the wonders it can do for the silhouette. While the trend has been somewhat slow to catch on, a Carnival attendee, Camly Tran, a senior chemistry major, stepped into the festivities with an adorable variation of the jumpsuit. A floral print is splashed against a white canvas, and its springy material and shorts make it exceptionally appropriate for daywear.

A popular piece last summer, the maxi dress seems to have finally found a place in women’s closets as a classic piece that’s easy to throw on and even easier to accessorize. Amun Bashir, a senior business major, shows one off in electric blue that is perfectly flowing. To keep the elegance of the dress, Bashir accessorizes with only a long, simple necklace and strappy sandals, basic pieces that are great to keep around.

From comedy shows to indie concerts, there are countless activities in which to partake during Carnival — and, just as excitingly, there are so many great opportunities to dress for a whole array of occasions. With Carnival marking the countdown to the end of the school year, celebrate by indulging in spring and all the new trends it has to offer.