STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Transition

Summer interns, like myself, have a lot going on during the daytime. Between running errands for the boss and submitting projects on time, it’s hard to find time for yourself. There is no time after a hectic day to get ready for a night out, but this doesn’t mean we should sacrifice our style. By simply wearing transition pieces that work well for the day and night, even a picky Fashionista can get ready for the evening without a total wardrobe overhaul.

While roaming the streets of New York, I ran into this Fashionista. I spotted her in a black and white maxi dress. Her emsemble stood out for its day to night versatility, while still managing to take the weather into account. She wore simple flip flops and a jean jacket to easily transition this look for a summer afternoon to casual dinner. This Fashionista tied up the side of her dress to add a personal touch of her individual style to the look.

Looking for some inspiration for an office look that can keep you looking trendy into the evening? Sleeveless dresses, like this rag & bone frock, are appropriate and fashionable when paired with a simple blazer. It is important to keep the length of dresses in mind when picking out styles for work. A general rule for office attire is around or below the knee. Getting caught in a mini skirt in a professional setting is a definite no-no.

Another favorite transitional piece for the season is harem pants. Comfortable and stretchy, these pants are a great addition to the wardrobe. If you’re worried about the loud prints in the workplace, try a solid pair with a white blouse and flats. To move this look into the evening, I suggest packing a pair of stilettos in your bag. And if that’s too much of a hassle, all you really need to spice it up is a statement accessory. Keep your briefcase at the office and look festive with this clutch.

It happens to all of us. After a long day at work, we look forward to enjoying the great weather with friends and family. Whether you plan on meeting your girlfriends to gossip, family for dinner or even a hot date, don’t start your morning stressing about changing your outfit. There are infinte ways to look great with no additional wardrobe changes.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Get Spotted In Lace

Once reserved for wedding and Easter dresses, summer 2013 is about lace bottoms.  Perfect for the summer heat and versatile in fashion, lace bottoms are currently my go-to pair of shorts. When I first started experimenting with this trend, I had to be patient until I found the perfect pair. I bought and sadly had to return multiple times I found the pair for me. I kept in mind that lace shorts can be very light in color and too short, both making you feel exposed. Lastly, I wanted to make sure they had an elastic waistband or a zipper. With all of these considerations in mind, I finally found my ideal white pair by BCBGeneration.

While I preferred white, I spotted this Fashionista rocking a pair in black. She complements the shorts with a neon pink blouse for a pop of color. She confidently pulls the look together with comfortable sandals and a cross-body bag for her casual night out.

If your looking for a little edge to top off this feminine look, try accessorizing with leather. By layering bright colors with a leather jacket you will add another dimension to your look. I would wear these by Ella Moss with a black motorcycle jacket.

Not so much your style? For a more classic look, try a sleeveless chambray. Together with lace shorts and a pair sneakers, this is the perfect summer afternoon look. Still not what you’re looking for? To pull of this trend in the office, try a sleeveless top with comfortable flats.

Whether it’s a night on the town, a day running errands or on the job, be patient while looking for the perfect pair of lace shorts. Trendy and versatile you’re sure to impress.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Look Perfect In Pastel

Now that summer has finally rolled around, say goodbye to your favorite black ensembles. For those of you, like myself, who are already having difficulty ditching the darkness, I promise you’ll be okay by looking to this week’s Fashionista for bright inspiration.

Ranging from hues of mint to light pink, it’s time to revitalize your wardrobe this summer with hint of color. This season, pastels are always a reliable option. So come out and experience feminine sophistication.

This Fashionista keeps pastel in mind for a casual Sunday afternoon. Displaying her fashion knowledge, she pairs white denim skinny jeans with a crochet tank top. For this Fashionista, comfort is always a priority. She keeps her look cool and classic with nude wedges to complete the outfit.

The pastel trend is extremely versatile. Depending on the weather or the occasion, you can always find a way to implement pastel into your wardrobe. For a day at the office, try the Honey Punch wrap dress or the Wish Bliss Jacket in lemon for professional edge. I would pair both of these with ballet flats to seal the deal.

If your summer adventures are far from the office, you should check out Warby Parker’s near Ocean Avenue collection. My personal favorite is the Jasper. Influenced by the 1970s New York retro scene, these polarized lenses are sure to keep you protected from strong rays at an affordable price. Moving down to your fingers and toes, essie’s Mint Candy Apple polish is my go-to summer color. Whether you paint them yourself or head to your favorite nail salon, look out for those pastel lacquers.

If you’re anything like me, leaving behind the dark shades of winter can be sad, but the perfect summer pastels will certainly revive your spirits. Don’t be afraid of color because the sun is shining and it’s time to freshen things up and look pretty in pastels.

 

 

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Don’t Let The Weather Control

With only a week of living in New York City under my belt, I’ve quickly learned that the weather is unpredictable. One moment the sun is shining, and in the next one, everyone is rushing to hide under an umbrella. That being said, I’ve found that it is difficult to dress appropriately for the weather.

Runway collections for spring and summer 2013 are ruled by geometric and retro-inspired fabrics, colors and prints. For example, the alice + olivia collection has a wide color palette for those looking to make a statement for the summer. This season, pay attention to bright neons, such as lemon and emerald green, that will keep you cool, even throughout the hottest of days.

On a summer day, keep this trend in mind with versatile pieces, and refer to this week’s Fashionista for inspiration. She paired geometric trousers with a simple black tank top and boyfriend cardigan. These trousers are great for the summer heat because they are lightweight, yet stylish at the same time. She certainly kept the weather in mind with her cardigan protecting her from the  morning chill. This Fashionista polished her causal vibe with round sunglasses and comfortable Sam Edelman sandals.

Obsessed with this style? Try it out for yourself. I absolutely love these emerald green trousers by Wilfred. Pair these with a tucked in black top and a structured blazer for a feminine and weather-appropriate ensemble. Whether you are going to work or hanging out on the weekends, this trend will get you through the day, rain or shine.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: More Peplum Please

Couture-inspired silhouettes are here just in time for summer. Peplum tops were first introduced in 1800s, but were later revived in 1940s and ’50s when designer Christian Dior experimented with waistline jackets. Peplum is a short, flared strip of fabric that runs on the waist of jackets, blouses and dresses or sits on the waistline of a skirt. Recently, designers like Jason Wu have revived Dior’s thinking by putting them in their runway collections.

The great thing about peplum is that they can be worn in a variety of ways. Instead of wearing a plain, cotton T-shirt, this Fashionista chose a simple peplum top. She dresses it down with white, textured shorts for a more casual look. This elegant, yet casual ensemble is perfect for a summer afternoon or running errands. This Fashionista balances her look with comfortable sandals with leather straps.

If you want to transform this outfit into something for the office or evening, try adding statement jewelry or pumps to give your outfit a boost. A bold necklace draws attention to your face, establishing a balance with the peplum design at the waist.

My favorite part about peplum is that they are flattering on almost all body types. Because they are cinched at the waist, the perky flare creates an hourglass figure. So if your hips are naturally wide, try to look for either a smaller peplum or extra-long flare to accentuate your shape. You can also add emphasis to the waist by adding a skinny belt on the seam that is directly above the peplum.

This summer, architectural shapes, geometric patterns and black and white are certainly in, and here to stay. The contrast between this trend’s fun prints and feminine look compliment each other well. There is a wide variety of peplums available. Where the ’40s peplums were sharp and sophisticated, this season’s newest peplum is shaped more like a tunics, with a subtle peplum.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Minus The Crossbones

Who would have guessed that pirates would be the trendsetters of 2013? Black and white skull and crossbones tell me that pirates were not only branding geniuses, but that styles are constantly being recycled and reinvented. This time around people are rocking skulls… minus the crossbones.

What emerged in 2003 as Alexander McQueen’s infamous skull scarf has turned into a worldwide phenomenon. His skull was designed with fragile fabrics and delicate details giving a dark, yet beautiful look to the image. Celebrities like Kris Jenner, Kristin Cavallari and Lindsay Lohan rocked McQueen’s skull scarf inspiring today’s trends.

From jewelry and accessories to oversized sweaters and muscle tees, skull prints are everywhere and can be worn in many different ways. I like to pair oversized skull T-shirts with black leggings and combat boots for both style and comfort. While the versatility of the trend allows this Fashionista to wear it in a more sophisticated way. She paired a classic black blazer and skinny jeans with a skull cut-off to draw attention to what would be a simple ensemble. In order to successfully rock this trend, it is important to consider a few things.

First, wear skulls in moderation and keep them minimal. Like this Fashionista, refrain from mixing skulls with other patterns and prints. You want all the attention to be on the one item, so remember, when sporting skulls a little goes a long way.

Secondly, skulls don’t have to be dark and scary. Although the trend isn’t typically feminine, you can look for a skull blouse or pair a cut-off with a skater skirt.

Lastly, with so many styles and colors, make sure there is a balance between edginess and femininity. Maintain a consistent theme throughout your outfit. This Fashionista creates a balance between edginess and femininity by pairing studded platform heels and a blazer with a softer hairstyle.

Just remember, the skull trend doesn’t have to be difficult. Be confident and you’re sure to impress this summer in skulls.

STYLE GURU BIO: Jill Noeh

Hello, CollegeFashionista! My name is Jill Noeh and I am a sophomore at the University of Michigan majoring in Communications. This summer will be my first semester writing for CollegeFashionista and I am excited to share what I love with you!

I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, but will be writing to you from New York City. This summer I am interning at a FreshNeck, an e-commerce site focusing on men’s accessories. Not only am I excited for my internship, but I am also eager to make new friends!

At Michigan, my fashion inspiration comes from my involvement in SHEI Magazine. SHEI is a student-run fashion publication that has helped me translate my passion for fashion into something tangible. Whether assisting at photo shoots or planning fashion shows, my experiences at SHEI have helped me gain a better understanding of the industry.

My friends and family are surprised when I tell them I hope to pursue a career in fashion. Growing up, I was a total tomboy and refused put on a dress or anything pink.  When middle school rolled around, my life was completely altered when I heard about designer Tory Burch’s transformation from tomboy to fashion icon. Once my grandmother introduced me to her amazing closet, I never turned back. Inspired by both Burch’s success and my grandma’s elaborate wardrobe, I became immediately obsessed with magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Recently, I have tackled a new endeavor, creating my own fashion blog. This not only allows me to share my sense of style with the world, but it helps me to better understand what inspires my fellow Fashionistas/os. This season, my favorite pieces are circular shades and anything chambray.

Despite my radical transformation, sports are still close to my heart. I played soccer for fifteen years and continue to release my stress through morning runs and spin classes.  In the fall, you can find me at The Big House, cheering on the Michigan football team or, in the winter, supporting the Chicago Blackhawks at the Madhouse on Madison.

My recent travels to South Africa, Botswana, Israel, Italy and Spain have fostered my interest in the fashion world. My experiences in these foreign countries have taught me to appreciate fashion because it is constantly emerging. I loved browsing markets for local textiles, fabrics and foods. I hope to travel in the future and hopefully study abroad my junior year in Europe.

I am so excited about joining the CollegeFashionista family and I cannot wait to see what this summer brings!