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Spring 2021 Fashion: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Spring

Spring is upon us and now is the perfect time to get caught up on spring fashion trends! Check out our list of the six hottest fashion trends of Spring 2021 and take your pick of what stylish pieces you’ll be strutting around campus in.

1. Statement Sunglasses
First on the list is statement glasses! Spring is all about enjoying the sun and Austin’s warm weather before the summer heat makes it unbearable. Grab a pair of cool shades, maybe even color coordinate them with your outfit, and head out for a picnic with friends or to one of your in-person classes.

2. Silk Scarves
These stunning scarfs can be found all over TikTok, especially in the super popular “Please Don’t Go” headscarf trend. There are so many ways to style them and unique prints you’re bound to find something that works for you. For a summery look, tie a scarf around your ponytail or fold it into a triangle and wear it like a bandana. To add a little extra something to your outfit, tie a scarf around your neck or tie one to the straps of your favorite purse. Looking for somewhere local to pick one up? Visit Flamingo’s Vintage located just north of campus.

3. Print Button Downs
Looking to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring? Bring back some of your favorite button downs! Rather than wear them buttoned up, pull them over your favorite cami and your all set! Not only are you protected from the sun, you also have something to keep you warm at sunset.

4. Lingerie
Lingerie is no longer just for the bedroom! Some of your favorite pieces might be your new favorite going out outfit. Consider wearing a lacey slip dress or tucking a dainty cami into a pair of jeans. If you’re looking to go a step further, consider also incorporating an underbust corset.

5. Long, Flowy Skirts
This spring is all about statement pieces. Printed long skirts offer modesty and are just flowy enough to keep you cool as temperatures rev up. For an edgier look, pair them with a classic pair of docs. For a softer vibe, throw on your favorite pair of sandals!

6. Anything Vintage
Wearing vintage is all the rage. Not to mention, you’ll never have to worry about showing up in the same outfit as someone else ever again. Wondering what to get? Vintage dresses are a great option if you’re looking for a retro take on a sundress. You can also never go wrong with a bright 80s windbreaker paired with your favorite t-shirt and denim shorts.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and start rocking your favorite spring trends. And perhaps, bring a friend and a mask and check out local thrift and vintage stores for a new piece or two to spice up your wardrobe.

Photos by Ren Breach

Styling Your Unconventional Clothing Items

Go take a look at your closet. Now, push aside your everyday t-shirts and jeans. What do you have back there? An old, billowy white shirt from your Halloween costume three years ago? A pair of green overalls you found at the thrift store and just couldn’t pass up? 

We all have these little items and accessories that find their way into our lives. Be it a costume piece or just something a little bolder than what you typically go for, it can be pretty hard to seamlessly fit these styles into your wardrobe. We asked several of you to share with us the most unconventional pieces in your closet, and how you style them for everyday wear. 

“My mom gave me this shawl (I think it’s called a shawl?) to wear with dresses for mass and stuff. I was drawn to it because this is the type of clothing my grandma would make me but I never thought it looked good on me, especially around dresses so I decided to style it completely differently. I made it into a shirt by adding string to tie it together, but I would suggest sewing on buttons instead, I was just rushing. But I have never worn this just because I literally came up with it right now. I’m thinking I would wear it to hang out with friends at like a fair or a festival. It’s perfect for the summer because it’s super breathable.” – Karla Zamarripa

“I got this Halloween sweater through eBay this past winter. I had recently gotten really into fashion and wanted to lean more into wearing quirky clothing. One brand I really love is Talbots and their themed sweaters from the early 2000s. I’ve always been obsessed with Halloween and when I saw this Halloween themed sweater after scrolling through all the Talbots pieces on eBay I couldn’t turn it down. Even though it’s one of my favorite pieces, it doesn’t get a ton of use. Part of this is because Austin is hot and because this piece is a bit hard to style. I would say it’s a pretty wearable piece for me now that I own more clothing, although I think that its wearability depends largely on how you feel about wearing statement pieces. I’m hoping to get more use out of this sweater in the fall when things cool down a bit.” – Ren Breach

“This denim vest with little embroidered flowers was a thrift find I got for about a dollar. It’s a bit big on me, so I find it difficult to style, but I thought it was too cute to pass up! The fit is made a bit more awkward by the straps on each side– they make the silhouette kind of unflattering from the back when tied. I think I’m gonna try to alter it into something a bit more wearable when I have more free time. For now, I like to pair it with a solid colored skirt or pair of pants and add some cute spring-themed accessories.” – Kunika Trehan

“I made this top after seeing a lot of corset tops on Depop [a digital marketplace app] and Instagram, and I bought all the materials from Etsy! My mom taught me to sew and how to make some patterns because she went to grad school for fashion, she was a huge help whenever I got stuck. I don’t wear it super often– it’s truly not the most comfortable piece and requires you to keep really straight posture the entire time you wear it. But when I do, I like pairing it with a solid pair of pants with a fun texture or silhouette (either flare or bootcut). Overall, it’s not something I find easy to wear every day, but I think it makes me feel more excited for the occasions where I do get to wear it!” – Ira Gulati

Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to pull a neglected piece from the back of your closet and look at it with new eyes. You never know what a big difference some creative styling and a dash of confidence can make!

How To Online Thrift Like A Pro

We all have that one friend who can skillfully find almost anyone online, whether you’re searching for an old ex’s new girlfriend or a mysterious acquaintance. I have a similar talent, but rather than to people, my internet searching skills apply to finding clothing and accessories.

It all started in 10th grade when I saw a Paris Sport Club jacket on Depop when the app first began to gain popularity. I was stingy back then, and for some reason I can’t recall, decided not to spend $20, a small price to pay, on an amazing vintage jacket. 

That small decision haunted me for the next few years. Every few months I’d think of that jacket and regret having made the choice that I did. Fast forward, almost 5 years later, I am now a proud owner of a Paris Sport Club jacket, identical to the one from all those years ago.

Left: The Paris Sport Club jacket that got me into online thrifting. Image Courtesy of @Crossmyheartvintage on Depop
Right: My Paris Sport Club jacket I purchased on eBay. Image Courtesy of Lauren Breach

You see, every few months, when I’d randomly remember that jacket, I’d spend hours searching for it online. As the years went by, I refined my online searching skills and eventually learned how to find almost anything on a reselling site. While most of my friends agree I was a little too invested in finding this jacket, my ability to find prom dresses and limited edition sneakers that came out of this journey has led me to gain appreciation from my more skeptical friends. 

With Covid-19 preventing many of us from going out in the ways we used to, now is the perfect time to share some of my top tips for finding pieces online. Whether it be a toy from your childhood or a pair of jeans you’ve outgrown and miss dearly, these tips will help you find what you’re looking for.

1. Try various combinations of phrases in your searches

Oftentimes, products are listed on reselling sites without their brand names or key descriptors. For this reason, I recommend starting with a more refined search such as “black lesportsac gabrielle bag” and switching to more broad phrasing, such as “lesportsac purse” if you aren’t able to find what you’re looking for. Oftentimes, people don’t take the time to properly list items with the item name from the store they originally came from. On occasion, sometimes it’s even worth forgoing brand name altogether when looking for a piece. For example, I once found a bag posted on an influencer’s page three years ago by sorting through thousands of listings using the search “black leather purse”. It took hours but I’d argue it was 100% worth the effort since I now use that bag every single day.

Left: Ellie Thumann pictured with the black purse I was searching for online. Image Courtesy of @Elliethumann on Instagram
Right: My black purse, identical to Ellie’s bag, that I found on Poshmark for $5. Image Courtesy of Lauren Breach

2. Search various online reselling sites

Most people typically start with Depop and if their search turns up empty stop there. Depop is one of the most popular reselling apps among teenagers which is largely why it can be hard to find trendy items. It’s also not uncommon for Depop users to markup items for ridiculous prices. Just a few weeks ago I saw a Kim Possible lunchbox I had when I was seven sell for $50. I recommend searching Poshmark, Mercari, eBay and even Etsy in addition to Depop, prices are typically cheaper on these sites and they often have larger selections. 

3. Check back every few months

Sometimes, you won’t find what you’re looking for on your first go, but don’t get discouraged. It’s worth it to keep checking. Sometimes, it can take months, but the satisfaction of having found something you regretted not getting can be amazing. Every time I wear that Paris Sport Club jacket, I feel like I stepped out of one of my favorite 80s movies and the hours searching feel worth it. 

4. If all else fails, get something similar or modify a purchase

On occasion, your searches will lead you to find something even better than what you initially went searching for, so don’t forget to be open to other possibilities. Also, if you’re unable to find exactly what you’re looking for, consider getting it in a different color if available. Using dyes like RIT dye or customizing items with embroidery or patches can help you get the desired look, even if you can’t find the exact item.

At the end of the day, I always recommend shopping locally at thrift stores over going online. However, sometimes, when you can’t find what you want locally, online reselling retailers offer a great alternative. Online reselling stores also offer a second chance for thrifted and vintage items and an opportunity to support small online businesses.