As a college student, one of the most important things to accomplish is finding the balance between fashion and practicality. That being said, it's commonly believed that one must be sacrificed in order to achieve the other; that may have been true when womenswear consisted of hoop-skirts and corsets, but this concept is now outdated.
Sure, the first items that come to mind when we think “comfort” may be sweatpants, pajamas, and hoodies, but surely, there are many other things that are just as adequte. I love that for this fall, menswear-inspired apparel is a big trend. I can't wait to put on my warm, big button-down coats (like this one) that are just as delightful as my Cal hoodie. Also, button-down shirts are a favorite of mine–they can add elegance to any outfit and go perfect with jeans, shorts, or even leggings. I adore studying in flowy button-down shirts because they're easy to move in and very comfortable. At the same time, it doesn't seem like I'm about to go to bed. The button-down shirt I'm wearing has a Baroque-inspired print, which is also very big for fall. I love how expensive the shirt looks, which may be largely due to the print–if I didn't know better, I would have guessed it cost at least twice as much as I paid for it.
The shorts I'm wearing look like simple black shorts from afar; however, when you look closely, you can see that there's a print on them. I think black shorts, jeans, and leggings are huge staple items that every girl should have in her closet because it's such an easy color to match, though that doesn't mean these staples must be solid black.
I recently wrote a post about “The Statement Bag”, which I believe this bag to be. It's absolutely the perfect size; it can fit my laptop, notebooks, and even a pair of flats! And, because it's a color block bag, it can go with any outfit because the bag itself has so many. This bag is very functional, as it's straps are long enough for you to use even when you're wearing a winter coats, but if that's still not enough, it also comes with an optional strap.
The main reason I am so fond of this outfit was because of it's ability to transition. For colder days, I would just pair it with black denim; when I'm going out, I would use a scarlet clutch intsead of a bag; when I'm running errands, I'd switch the heels out for flats or boots.
ASOS is an absolutely amazing website for those of us on a college budget but still want to stay true to our fashion forward needs. As for me, I can't wait until fall, so I can wear my coats and boots!