Hot Seams: Must-haves for spring

| Fashion columnist

Marcio Madera | MCT

A model wears a long fur-trimmed animal print dress with matching shawl at the Carrousel du Louvre theater in Paris, France.

As I’m sitting here in the scorching heat of my dorm room, I’m reminded that summer is just around the corner. The anticipation of trying this year’s spring runway trends will soon culminate with an updated spring/summer wardrobe. Despite the thrill, the seasonal quandary is inevitable: With hundreds of runway trends, which ones will you make your own? To make your life easier, I’ve narrowed down this season’s must-have pieces. You can thank me later.

Pink lips: Zac Posen and Moschino Cheap & Chic inspired this trend on their spring runways. A youthful pink lip is perfect for a warm summer day and is a simple way to add a little color and glamour to your look. Try Mac Lustre “Lustering” Lipstick for the flawless summertime pink hue.

Sheer white tank: In this humidity, I swear by my Kain and T by Alexander Wang tanks to keep cool. They’re thin, comfortable and versatile. Pair them with an a-line skirt, studded jean shorts or a pair of harem trousers and you’ll achieve that chic effortless look.

Taupe nails: If you missed the boat on last season’s “it” nail color (Chanel “Jade”), here’s your chance to make up for it with the newest nail color craze: taupe. Try OPI’s “Over the Taupe” or a lighter shade like “Tinsel Town Taupe” to get that cool natural tone.

Leather shorts: Celine emphasized leather accents in her collection this season, and I’m eager to get my hands on a pair of these shorts! Leather can get fairly expensive, so if you’re not willing to spend hundreds of dollars, run over to Zara or Forever 21 and pick up a faux-leather pair.

Cat-eye sunglasses: Giles, Alexander Wang and Prada were all about the cat-eye frames on their spring runways. A combination of classic and edgy, these eccentric sunglasses are what modern-day chic is all about.

Bustier top: I’ve been waiting all year to employ this sexy trend seen on the Dior runway, and the time has come! Wearing lingerie as outerwear can be appropriate if done right, as proven by John Galliano. Whether you wear it under a sheer tank during the day or on its own at night, you’re sure to make heads turn! Try Topshop’s paisley lace longline bralet.

Harem pants: If you’re not courageous enough yet to wear short shorts but can’t bear to wear jeans in the hot, humid weather, harem pants are your trendy solution. While these may not be a spring 2010 trend specifically, they’re comfortable, versatile and painfully chic! Throw your “I can’t pull them off” excuse out the window and try on a pair at H&M. With the right attitude, I guarantee they’ll be your go-to item this summer!

Khaki trench: Camel is the new black this spring, so be sure to go out and buy a classic khaki jacket for cool spring nights. Think Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the fabulous, rainy kissing scene of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Printed dresses: I’ll spare you the colorful floral dress cliché and guide you toward digital, ikat, geometric and animal print pieces. In disparity with the nude tone rage for this season, graphic looks hit it big on the Proenza Schouler runway. This season is your chance to go mad with prints —there’s no such thing as overdoing it!

Happy shopping!