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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

Best of Wampus: Convenience Store Snacks

One of my favorite ways to procrastinate as a college student is to run errands. When it’s too late to make a Target run or pickup takeout at Madam Mam’s I can always count on the slew of trusty West Campus convenience stores to keep me from my assignments. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a spontaneous trip to 7/11? Over the years, I’ve tried just about every snack these stores have to offer: the good, the bad and the ugly. Below, I’ve compiled a list of the best late nights snacks in “Wampus”. Next time you go on a late night convenience store run, consider giving one of them a go. Who knows, one of these bad boys might become your next favorite!

Drinks 

The perfect thing to complement a late night study sesh is caffeine, whether you’re more of a tea drinker, energy drink person, soda-lover or coffee aficionado, convenience stores always seem to have something to meet your needs.

Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee
Source: Califia Farms
Dunkin’ Original Iced Coffee
Source: Dunkin’ Donuts
Pure Leaf Cold Brew Iced Tea Tropical Mango
Source: Pure Leaf
Guayaki Yerba Mate Enlighten Mint
Source: Target
CLEAN Lemon Lime Organic Sparkling Yerba Mate
Source: Northwest Coffee Supply
MTN Dew Original
Source: MTN Dew
Maine Root Root Beer
Source Main Root Co.
Crush Grape Soda
Source: HEB
Half Cherry, Half Coke Icee
Source: Icee
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Frost Glacier Freeze
Source: Warehouse 115
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Ice Punch
Source: Walmart

Salty Snacks

Perhaps you’re more of a salty snack type. If so, I have the perfect recommendations for you, whether you prefer salty, savory or spicy. These snacks pair perfectly with a night in with your roommates and are perfect for sharing.

Kettle Brand Honey Dijon Chips
Source Drizly
Takis Fuego
Source: Bargain Wholesale
Combos Cheddar Cheese 
Source: Giant Food
Harvest Snaps Black Bean Snack Crisps Mango Chile Lime
Source: Meijer
Chex Mix Honey BBQ
Source: HEB

Sweets

Looking to celebrate finishing an assignment? These yummy treats make the perfect celebratory snack and help end your night on a high note.

Alden’s Ice Cream Ooey Gooey Brownie
Source: Alden’s Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry’s Brownie Batter Core
Source: Cornershop
Blue Bell Butter Crunch
Source: Recipepes
NESTLE Dibs Crunch 
Source: HEB
Good Pop Watermelon Agave Popsicle
Source: Whole Foods
Good Pop Chocolate Milk Popsicle
Source: Whole Foods
NESTLE Strawberry Shortcake Popsicle
Source: Walmart
Haribo Sour Spaghetti Gummy Candy
Source: World Market
Charleston Chew Mini
Source: Walmart
Sour Punch Blue Raspberry Straws
Source: Walmart

At the end of the day, go-to convenience store snacks are all about comfort and preference. But if you’re looking to shake things up, I’d give one of these a try. If you want to be extra adventurous, you could even try a new combo! I recommend Takis Fuego washed down with an ice-cold Glacier Freeze Gatorade, or perhap a Pure Leaf Mango Iced Tea paired with Mango Chile Lime Harvest Snaps.

Featured image illustrated by Serena Rodriguez