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Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Last Minute Styles for Graduation

Graduation is a big deal, to say the least. At the University of Montana, graduation takes place in May. In most places, this means sunshine and birds chirping, not a cloud in the sky. In Missoula, Montana, however, it could be gorgeous out, or absolutely dumping rain or snow. When choosing an outfit, ladies have many choices from dresses to cute pants, skirts, and rompers. Guys often feel confined to the basic dress pants and collared shirts but there are many more stylish options! Trendsetters at The U gives graduates and attendees a variety of fashionable options to wear to the graduation ceremony.

Becca Mulhill

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I don’t care what Miranda Priestly says, because florals are a spring essential. This darker floral pattern skirt is great because it’s still a little fancier than a small, bright pattern. I paired this hi-low skirt with a basic black tank and light cardigan. Not only is it cute all put together, but also if it’s going to be hot, I can just go with the tank and skirt. If it’s chilly, I could put on a pair of tights and boots.

 

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Assuming that it will be a generally nice day, I paired this with a basic gold sandal. They go well with the color scheme overall and gives this outfit a bit of shine. They also match with pretty much any gold jewelry!

Jack

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For graduation, men sometimes don’t know what to wear. Guys usually opt in for a simple pair of khaki shorts and collared shirt. But guys, you can do better! For my graduation look, I found a happy medium between casual and formal. I chose to keep my graduation outfit casual by wearing jeans. However, I dressed up the jeans with a non-traditional patterned collared shirt and tie. Finally, some ___ shoes, finish the look.

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Bailey

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For graduation, spring colors and prints are always a stylish and seasonal option. This spring, I am obsessed with bright colors. I love this dress because of the vivid lavender and bright pink floral pattern. Aside from the fabulous print, this dress has many other cute details. I love the pleating of the skirt and the bright coral studded belt( yes this was all included!) The long sleeves of this dress are great for graduation in case of any chilly winds or unexpected Montana weather. Finally, I wore basic gold heels to add some shine but not distract from the dress. And the best part? I bought this dress for $7 at Target on clearance! Complete score.Bai_Edited_2

 

Spencer

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I decided to go with a laid back summertime look for graduation. I’m wearing an Urban Outfitters striped shirt, and some red chinos. It’s a more casual take on graduation, especially since I’m only a junior! I got my shoes directly from the Sperry website. I love them–they multiply the America factor on any outfit by 500%. This outfit is great for someone attending a graduation ceremony or for a graduate who wants a cool casual look under their cap and gown.

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Becca Strellnauer

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For graduation, I decided I wanted to look professional, (I am joining the workforce after all) however I didn’t want to look boring either. My fuchsia button up helped make my outfit fun by adding a unique color to my look. I also chose a black pencil skirt with a subtle design to add some interest. My classic black shoes also provided a fun twist with the small gold chain running across the tip. This look is perfect for graduation because it’s professional and is great for family photos.

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Turk

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For my look, I wanted to keep it simple and stylish. Sport coats are a great option for men because they dress up your outfit while staying comfortable. I added a white polo underneath and black slacks for a classic but still semi formal look. Graduation is a huge accomplishment, so dress like you deserve it! Finally, I completed the look with some unique oxfords that can be dressed up or down.

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Nao

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I wanted my graduation look to be classy without being too formal. A graduate or an attendee can wear this outfit. For a simple but classy look, I chose a tight skirt and a lace top. Lace looks gorgeous and not too casual so it fits with a graduation ceremony. Although I usually don’t wear high heels, but today is a special day! The color of red stands out and contrasts with the skirt and top, which adds some interest to the overall ensemble. You can’t go wrong with a lace top and classic pencil skirt!

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Spring 2014

6 Looks for Spring

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Hello sunshine! Finally, Missoula got a splash of sun this past weekend and we loved it. What did we love more? Getting to wear our favorite springtime clothing at the University of Montana. With temperatures reaching over 75 degrees last week, our fabulous members of Trendsetters at The U scrambled for their sandals and clawed for their crop tops to take advantage of sunny weather and spring fashion!

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Although it’s been a long, cold spring, it’s time to break out those sundresses, skirts, flats and pastels! If you feel like your legs aren’t quite ready for that trendy pair of high-waisted shorts, throw on a dress or skirt. I personally love wearing high-waisted skirts because the style gives the appearance of longer legs. I also like tucking my shirts in because it allows for the entirety of the skirt to be showcased and looks more put together. Skirts and dresses are freeing and feminine, which I also love. Flats are also a great option for spring. They’re a little bit warmer than sandals for the chilly mornings, but are still light and comfortable. Flats come in so many shapes, colors and patterns that you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. My favorite spring outfit is a light top, circle skirt and a pair of flats because they can be mixed and matched so easily. Stick to lighter, simpler outfits and you’ll be ready to welcome those summer months.

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Michelle

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Nao

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My outfit’s theme is casual spring style. I wore my high waist shorts from Top Shop to add a trendy twist. I paired my high waist shorts with a crop top t-shirt from American Eagle. Crop tops are a must have item for spring fashion! This is an effortless look for spring because it’s stylish, comfortable, and is cool for the warmer months. I paired my casual look with a pair of combat boots to give my outfit an edgy look. I curled my hair wavy to fluff up the hair that makes people’s gaze upper and make me appear well proportioned.

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For my look, I chose to pair a classic black and white geometric with bright turquoise accents. I added a jumbo studded clutch to mix it up from the traditional purse. Purchasing a black and white for summer is a great basic piece because you can mix up the look with other colors. The cut of this type of dress is called a “fit and flare.” These dresses are trending this spring and are very flattering because of the fitted top and flared skirt that will enhance your hips or cover up any problem areas. So this spring go grab a fit and flare dress and you won’t regret your purchase!

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Becca

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For my spring outfit, I chose to go with a fun romper and chambray shirt. I think the floral pattern romper is a great spring staple because it is so easy to wear. You don’t have to worry about matching your shirt with pants because it’s all one! Plus, the floral pattern is springy and fun!

Pairing anything with a chambray top is an easy way to layer and make sure you have a little warmth in case of rain or just general nighttime chills. I paired this with my TOMs flats because they have such a cute crop crochet pattern that goes nicely with the floral pattern of the romper!

 

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Bailey

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I love wearing bright coral for springtime; it’s one of my favorite colors. Like I’ve said in the past, maxi skirts can be worn on both short and tall ladies. This maxi skirt has a slit up to the knee to give the look a little extra sass. Finally, I chose to pair this geometric patterned crop top with a light wash denim vest. To keep the look in proportion to my body, I tied the vest just under the crop top. To finish off the look I tossed on some bright turquoise bangles and black wedge sandals. This is a look any girl can wear because maxi skirts are flattering on all body types and a loose vest won’t cling too close to your tummy.

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