Spring into action with five of this season’s most wearable trends

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From New York to London and Paris to Milan, the Spring 2016 Fashion Week runways all saw distinct designs, but five trends in particular definitely stood out.

Between bare shoulders and grown up glitter, student fashionistas will be pleased to learn all five trends can translate from the runways to the hallways of SMU’s campus. Keep reading to start outfit planning now.

1. Gingham Style

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Go all out like Diane Von Furstenberg and pair a cobalt blue gingham blouse with matching shorts. Photo credit: Pinterest

Often a youthful, warmer-weather style (or a typical tablecloth pattern for summer picnics), everyone’s favorite checkers have officially graduated for spring this year. Be on the lookout (think J. Crew) for gingham in every color on tailored trousers and mid-length dresses for a modern twist on this classic print.

2. Paper Please

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Fans of the paper bag waist, including Lauren Conrad, can’t get over how it nips in waists while still allowing breathing room. Photo credit: Pinterest

Although the paper bag waist is one of the most flattering shapes for women, the slimming silhouette is rarely seen on the streets today. That’s all about to change. This spring, fans can’t get enough of how the style nips in waists while still allowing breathing room on top and bottom. Try tucking a slim blouse into paper bag waist skirts or pants to balance out the over exaggerated proportions below.

3. Cold Shoulder

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Exposed shoulders, such as those on Adeam's runway, secure at the neck and elegantly reveal the neckline and shoulders with ease. Photo credit: Pinterest

Say so long to the constant fuss of trying to perfect an off-the-shoulder top that just won’t stay put. This season’s reinterpretation of the trend doesn’t require continuous readjustments because exposed shoulders secure at the neck and elegantly reveal the neckline and shoulders with ease. Adeam mastered the style on its spring runway, but score the look for less at shops such as Urban Outfitters and Free People.

4. Shine Bright

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Carolina Herrera, Tibi and Gucci’s spring runways mastered this new take on an old-school flapper-like glamour. Photo credit: Pinterest

Sequins and sparkles aren’t just for New Year’s Eve anymore. Go festive in burgundy, green and navy glitter instead of the more traditional black, gold and silver for an added unexpected and head-turning detail. Need inspiration? Check out Carolina Herrera, Tibi and Gucci’s spring runways to master this new take on an old-school flapper-like glamour.

5. Stripe Attack

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As the weather warms up, brighten any wardrobe with wide, bold and bright stripes in every direction à la Ralph Lauren. Photo credit: Pinterest
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Oxford stripes are no longer just for the traditional button-down but dresses and pants now too. Photo credit: Pinterest

Update classic stripes this season in a spectrum of fun colors as the weather warms up. Whether reaching for a statement dress or favorite knit tank to pair with denim cutoffs, brighten up any wardrobe with wide, bold and bright stripes in every direction. For a more professional approach, oxford stripes are no longer just about the traditional button-down but dresses and pants too.

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