Show Some Skin This Spring


Tatiana Perez

Students talk about their fashion change during the seasons and how it affects their identity. (Photo by Tatiana Perez)

By Mallori Albright, Staff Writer

While warmer weather immediately directs wardrobes to shorts and other leg-baring attire, our shirts and jackets are often left stuffy. As we saw the fall fashion, one of the biggest spring/summer trends is to bare your shoulders. Here is a list of styles that are accessible and affordable for college students and their budgets.

Brigitte Bardot

Also known as the off-the-shoulder top, the Bardot top, popularized by Brigitte Bardot during her illustrious film career, has moved from being a trend to a spring and summer wardrobe essential. This top is one of the most versatile pieces to keep in your closet for the summer months as it compliments pants, skirts, shorts and can also be found on dresses. Off-the-shoulder tops are also easy to find in stores online and near campus. Check out ASOS, ModCloth, Missguided and NastyGal (mostly sales) for online options.

Cold Shoulder

If you want to show some skin, but prefer turtleneck styles, try the cold shoulder top. Tops with the cold shoulder have high necklines and cutouts right at the shoulder that allow you to show a nice amount of skin. The nice thing about these tops is that they go with almost  every bottom you can think of. Cold shoulder tops are a new take on the cutout trend that we all know and love, but instead of putting focus on the waist or sides, it is now on the top.

One Shoulder

Take your spring/summer look back in time with the one-shoulder trend. While this trend is not as popular as the cold shoulder or the off-the-shoulder, it is still doable and stylish. The current one-shoulder trend is more focused on the clean lines so look for a one-shoulder piece that has straight lines to accentuate your figure. Just like cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder pieces, the one-shoulder can be found in a variety of different styles, such as dresses, tops and even jumpsuits. And don’t forget to make a trip to your local H&M, American Apparel, Zara, and Forever 21 for more items.

A version of this article appeared in the April 25 print edition. Email Mallori Albright at [email protected]