Spring Trends 2013: Your guide to fashion on a college budget

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(Givenchy, Balenciaga)
Ruffles and Frills:
At Nicolas Ghesquiere’s final collection for Balenciaga this spring, architectural ruffles were everywhere from hemlines to sleeves. His structural designs in black, white and gray countered any audience’s stereotypical conceptions of frills as twee and girly. Although such dramatic frills may not be manageable for everyday, you can ease into the trend with sleek ruffles on blouses and skirts.

Ruffle Hem Skirt, $56, Topshop

Swing Shirt with Ruffle Sleeves, $64.43, ASOS.com

(Peter Pilotto)
Power dressing with an Eastern influence:
Although Asian prints and patterns have long been an influence on fashion, we’ve never seen them like this before. Digital prints and power dressing at Prada, Emilio Pucci and Peter Pilotto gave Eastern blossoms a modern upgrade. Rich, vibrant hues and delicate floral prints were thrown together and worn all at once for a high-impact look. Oriental prints will be popular this spring, with Eastern blossoms covering everything from bomber jackets to pyjama style pants to oversized clutch bags.

Oriental print chiffon blouse, $59.90, Zara

(Giambattista Valli, Valentino)
Delicate Whites:
After a cold winter full of black, black and more black, spring is all about fresh white. Delicate whites usually suggest a more old-fashioned look, but they were revamped this season at Valentino, Giambattista Valli and Vera Wang. This clean, sophisticated look is perfect for spring in Berkeley as the soft lace can offer a breathable option on hot days, or provide delicate texture when combined with warmer items on chilly days.

For Love & Lemons Sheer Lace Dress, $142, Wasteland

Stripe Lace Tee, $38, American Apparel

(Gucci, Louis Vuitton)

Caged In:
From the cage designs at Gucci to the sparkling webs of Christian Dior and the mod geometric designs at Louis Vuitton, this sultry trend took a variety of forms on spring’s runways. Alternating between peek-a-boo fishnet and more modest finishes, this versatile look can be adapted for daytime or going out.

Caged Crop Top, $30, Nasty Gal

Fuzzy Square Print Shirt, $70, Topshop

(Hermes, Carolina Herrera, Gucci)
Bold Colors:
Monochromatic dressing goes full-spectrum this season. Bold colors dominated the runway at Gucci, and head-to-toe brights made an impression at Stella McCartney, Hermes and Carolina Herrera. This eye-catching look makes a powerful statement, so boldly embrace it with these radiant hues:

Scuba High Neck Skater Dress, $76, Topshop

Dress with Cape Sleeve, $89.90, Zara

Tulip Hem Shorts, $17.80, Forever 21

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