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Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Soak Up the Sun

 

 

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Summer event season is in full swing and Trendsetters at the U are ready to provide some inspiration! From music festivals to farmers markets, you’ll be looking stylish all season long.

Michelle

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When fun outdoor events start happening around Missoula, I always get excited to mix up my style a little bit. If you’re going to be sitting in the grass and walking around, you want to be practical as well as stylish. I decided to go for overalls because they are extremely comfortable, have a bunch of pockets for everything you might need, and I don’t really care if I get grass stains on them (or cinnamon sugar from all of the mini donuts I’ll be consuming.) To make the overalls a little less childish, I rolled the bottoms and wore a cropped sweater underneath. I went for a black and white floral sweater, which I stole from my sister’s closet, because I thought it made the look more springy and fun. It can also get chilly in the mornings, so a sweater and shorts is the perfect combo. To finish my look off I’m wearing a pair of white Converse sneakers, which are extremely comfortable for doing lots of walking, and a pair of sunglasses from Target to keep the sun out of my eyes. 

Raven

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At Missoula’s Out to Lunch, you can expect to see Big Dipper Ice Cream, The Chive, and people dressed ready to hike the M or jog around Caras Park. For events like this, I like to keep my outfit a little elegant and fun. I wore a black Wet Seal maxi skirt with a loose maroon and white chevron pattern. Sticking to the black theme I wore a black Hollister strapped crop top. While being in the sun, seeing all of your friends and consuming way too much ice cream, some sort of shade is necessary to keep cool. To protect my eyes, I wore a Wet Seat beige straw hat. With this on, no sun rays were going to blind me from seeing all all the colors of Missoula together in one place.

Tiffany

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I was really tempted to wear a dress due to the soaring temps and unworn dresses collecting dust in my closet, but let’s be real: if I’m going to be running around town or sitting in the grass, I’m going to wear pants.
Welcome the return of the capri and long sweater ensemble! I’m absolutely in love with this long, crotchet cardigan from American Eagle; I feel so effortlessly cool when I wear it. I struggled trying to ride my bike with it, though. Not so cool. This Nordstrom BP tank is a fresh, earthy take on florals. A tank is essential when braving a sweater in warm weather. If the heat starts to get to me (or if I don’t want an odd looking tan), I can simply slip off my sweater and continue with my day. And…it’s finally sandal weather! These gold, Steve Madden sandals (that were 80% off at DSW!) compliment my taupe and floral nicely. Flats are a must when there’s a busy, unpredictable day ahead of you. For jewelry, I stuck with gold tones that would match my sandals. I’m always looking for an opportunity to wear these decadent, Forever 21 earrings; the simplicity of my World Market necklace doesn’t compete with them.

Krystyn

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With the weather getting hotter and the drinks getting colder, outfits are losing the sweaters and the various heavy layers.  Spring is usually the time of the year when I personally come out of my own fashion rut. I chalk it up to the happy vibe of renewal with the budding flowers and the vibrant green grass. I drag out my dresses from the back of the closet and replace the many pairs of jeans and leggings.

I would choose this look for an outside music event.  I love the vibrant color of the orange chiffon and the pop of light blue in the zipper. This dress is light, flowy, and fun. The Ariat shoes I paired with this dress are a neutral earth tone to let the dress have the spotlight. I believe that this Buckle dress’s most important quality is that it is comfortable and easy to move in.  My utmost advice for wearing something to an event is having whatever you’re wearing lend to you being comfortable in your own skin. So you are not bugged with always adjusting your clothes and are able to dance around, socialize or just have a good time.

Kayla

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I love this time of the year, especially in Missoula. I love taking advantage of the fun summertime events that take place all around town. Not just because the events themselves are amazing, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to put together a killer summer outfit.

I found this dress at TJ Maxx, and I love it. It fits the whole out to lunch vibe perfectly, plus its super loose and comfortable so it’s super easy to wear all day. Comfort is my goal whenever I plan to dress for something that’ll be outside and last a couple of hours. My light long sleeve jacket and Birkenstocks are the definition of comfort, and make the day so much better.

Hannah-Laura

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Outdoor festivals, shows and farmers’ markets are some of the best parts about spring and summer. My white crop top, from Wet Seal, is a whimsical detail piece that goes well with most maxi skirts. I prefer neutral-colored crop tops because they accentuate the skirts without overpowering them.

I love wearing long, patterned maxi skirts for these special occasions. My maxi skirt, from Wet Seal, is the perfect mix of bohemian and chic. Maxi skirts are a combination of my favorite summer trends: dresses, yoga pants and shorts. I love the bold prints and fabrics of summer dresses that inspire maxi skirts. They’re also as comfortable as yoga pants and as cool as shorts.

Becca

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Summer is my favorite time to get out and about, but leaving the house early to head to Farmers Market, then running errands after, all while the temperatures are rising, can lead to disaster if you aren’t wearing the right thing. This sweater, from Apricot Lane, is the perfect choice for a summer day. It’s light and airy, but still keeps me cozy during those chillier mornings. Boyfriend jeans are a huge summer closet staple for me, so it was about time they made their way out for the season. A pair of classic white Converse finish off my look because not only are they cute and go with everything, but my feet won’t feel like they’re going to fall off at the end of the day.

 

Photo Credit: JS Productions

Spring 2015

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring (Maybe)

It’s not a joke when people say “In Montana, if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” It’s especially true when the seasons are about to change. Today, Trendsetters at the U members tell how they style their outfits to battle the ever-changing weather.

Hannah-Laura

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The transition from winter to spring fashion is always tricky in Montana. The weather can change in an instant, and it’s difficult to dress for sun and snow simultaneously. Most mornings, I have to remind myself that spring isn’t here yet, and I shouldn’t go straight for my dresses and skirts. However, I do tend to look for clothing made from light, breathable material during this time. In fact, early spring is a great time to find sales on light winter wear. I found my cream-colored jacket and top at Forever 21 during the store’s spring cleaning sale. The gold-studded jacket is great for colder weather, and can be removed if the temperature rises. Regardless of the season, I always add an accessory or two to any outfit. The chunky necklace, from Romy, balances the outfit, and the Bobbi Blu heels, from Secret Seconds, brings some personality to the entire ensemble. ​

 

Krystyn

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I am really excited for spring, because it’s my favorite season of the year. I wish I could just bust out the sundresses and shorts. Yet, with living in Montana that’s not all too practical with the weather. There is always that in-between stage where the sun is shining, but the air is still cold. I choose to ease into the season by incorporating a few spring items into my winter wardrobe. Such as swapping my shoes and lessening the amount of layers. For this look I wore a sweater from Forever21 and Steve Madden flats. I tend to stick to neutral tones so for a pop of color against the cream I picked a Lionel purse that I found at Restyle Clothing Exchange here in Missoula.

 

Jillian

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This time of year can be particularly hard to dress for; I know I have trouble with it. You never know what to wear because it’s usually cold in the mornings and then warmer around the afternoon. I chose this outfit because the colors represent spring well but at the same time I’m still warm for the morning. Usually a light jack around this time of year is all you need. My zip up jacket is from H&M and it has the colors that represent spring, I decided to pair it with dark skinny jeans to have contrasting colors because if you wear too light of jeans it can sometimes blend the outfit together for a monotone color. I tied the outfit together with ivory pumps that I purchased at Kohls in the LC for Lauren Conrad collection. But they also gave off the spring feel with cut out flowers all around the shoe and by pairing this outfit with fun pumps, it gives it a dressier vibe.

 

Michelle

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Transitioning from winter to spring can be tricky, especially in Montana. The weather changes so drastically, so many times a day, that you don’t really know how to dress for it. This is why I am such a huge fan of kimonos. Kimonos are lightweight, but also keep the goosebumps away on those chilly mornings walking across campus. If it starts to warm up enough that you need to take off your kimono, they can also be folded up and can easily fit in your bag. Not only are kimonos practical, but they are extremely cute and flattering too. For this transitional spring look, I chose a floral kimono from Forever21, paired with a basic white T-shirt and my American Eagle sky high jeggings. I decided to just stick with my Nine West combat boots because they are very weather resistant and comfortable, perfect for unexpected downpours. Lastly, I finished this look off with my Pandora charm bracelet and a simple pendant necklace from H&M.

 

tiffany

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In hopes of urging Mother Nature to bid farewell to winter, florals are beginning to make a reappearance in my wardrobe.
If there is one thing that I’m mildly obsessed with, it would have to be flowers (I have a Pinterest board dedicated to my whimsical floral musings.) My favorite are peonies, but anything with petals will do.
This subtle, floral print top from H&M is a signature piece in my transition from winter to spring; white flowers against the sharp blue are simple enough to embrace the last inkling of winter, but enough to embrace the renewal of spring.
To edge up my look, I paired destroyed, American Eagle jeans with my dainty top. I love all the new denim trends that are being introduced for this upcoming season; all of these rips and tears greatly compliment the soft florals and easy kimonos that already grace my closet.
With this outfit as a whole, I was really aiming for a cute, comfy look that I could run and move around in. Even though thermometers are hitting the 50s and 60s, a light, military jacket from Bar III was essential for this outfit. Also, I love breaking out my Sperry’s to ensure that my footwear won’t wear me down, but also add a certain chicness to my look.

Keiko

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Spring is in the air, but it’s still chilly in Missoula. Occasionally the sun peeks out and it warms up, but you can never be sure. So how do you dress for that? I like to wear clothing that breathes. That way if you get cold, you can just throw on another layer or scarf. And when it warms up, you won’t die from heat.

For this outfit I chose to wear a sweater with a wide knit pattern, that way air can easily move through it while keeping me warm. I got it from Stitchfix, which is an online personal styling service. I personally didn’t really like the things they sent me and ended up sending most everything back. But I do recommend that you try it at least once; it was fun. These American Eagle boyfriend jeans are my favorites. They’ve been on the blog before so you might recognize them. And the flats are from target. They were a steal for only $12. Although I must admit they were super uncomfortably until I put insoles in them. And to top off the outfit, I wore my new glasses because who doesn’t love a good pair of specs.

 

Becca

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I’m always so excited when I can finally start bringing out my spring wardrobe. The problem is that I usually do this too early, and end up having to pull out some of my winter favorites back out of storage. And then when I decide to wear those winter items, I usually die of heat stroke. The only way to get through this hard wardrobe (and weather) time is to layer.

For this outfit, I started with one of the most comfortable pairs of jeans I own, from a brand called Jacob Davis that I found at Apricot Lane Missoula. I decided that I wanted to incorporate a floral pattern in my look (when don’t I want to do this is the question), so I chose this purple and pink printed top from LC by Lauren Conrad. Because it’s still a little chilly in the mornings, I added my fur vest from Apricot Lane to keep warm.