There is something about wearing bright colors that takes me back to my childhood. I was always decked head-to-toe in eye-catching shades of pink, yellow and blue. As my friends and I have embarked into our 20s, we naturally dress to display the utmost amount of sophistication, but we just cannot let go of our carefree and exciting childhood ways.

I spotted this Fashionista just outside Townhouse Row in an ensemble that was representative of this transitional phase of life. It’s the perfect frolic-friendly combination: A belted sundress, metallic Jack Rogers and delicate accessories.

Not only does this Fashionista look adorable, but she displays how critical styling is to an outfit that centers around a bright color. Sometimes stiff fabrics can make light-hearted colors look too severe — it's the subtle flow of the hemline along with the warmth from the tan belt that defines the dress without making it seem uptight. Less is certainly more when it comes to accessorizing bold colors. This Fashionista opted for dull gold Jack Rogers and a rose gold Michael Kors watch. A watch may seem basic, but it is more of a statement piece here because of it's size and the color scheme of the ensemble. Jewelry was absolutely minimal will a small pair of vintage earrings and a pearl necklace

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so feel free to take as many notes from this Fashionista as possible! This beautiful sunflower yellow, layered dress is the perfect palette for accessorizing. To add a personal touch, opt for jewelry that's slightly vintage yet has a retro-glam flare, such as this black and gold plated pyramid necklace. My go-to for summer footwear is the Gigi Sandal by Sam Edelman; a thong, strapped sandal in gold that goes with nearly every outfit and is almost as amazing as a nude pump.

Style Guru Bio: Ridhima Chopra

My name is Ridhima Chopra and I am so excited to be continuing as a Style Guru this summer with CollegeFashionista. I am a rising junior at The George Washington University, in Washington D.C., studying Criminal Justice and Business Administration.

While I could say that fashion is my true passion, which believe me it is, in reality, fashion is in my blood.  Not only have I grown up around women who have impeccable taste and an eye for the exquisite, but I have also been taught to appreciate fashion for the wearable art that it is. Ever since I was a little girl, I was constantly walking around in my mother’s heels and trying on all of her jewelry, but as I got older, and unlike most girls, I never grew out of those habits — instead, I only immersed myself in her style and grace that she presented in all forms of art, mainly interior design.

I believe in simplicity: in life, in style, in thinking — clothes should be comfortable, yet chic, and most importantly, classic. I have used this philosophy throughout my life and it has played a huge part in shaping my sense of style. My love for clean cut trousers and pants, combined with flowy blouses with small details such as bows or ruffles, allows me to find a statement piece in each outfit…and of course, there is always a fun balance of colors. The lack of control and impulse to buy a neon or pastel accessory is only natural!

I find a lot of fashion inspiration on the streets and where I travel; it’s always interesting to see what my friends are wearing and mesh it with my favorite international looks.  Being an American-raised Indian, I have inherited a love for jewelry and a knack for accessorizing. Watching the women in my family create looks based on the jewelry they have collected around the world, each with a different story, painted a whole new look of fashion for me. What we wear should tell a story and be representative of the type of person we want the world to see us as.

That being said, I cannot wait to report my STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK throughout the summer, and hope to inspire you to try and incorporate new looks into your wardrobe and truly represent who you are through fashion!


As the school year has come to an end, it is time to pack up your dorm room and begin prepping for your summer internship. Whether you're attempting to ship all your shoes home or saying goodbye to all of your friends, moving is the most stressful time of college — second to final exams, of course.

I spotted this Fashionista in Kogan Plaza after finishing her last final and ready to begin packing! Her outfit is simple, but still fun and representative of her personality. The printed elephant T-shirt is unique and creative and adds a major pop of color to her outfit, becoming the focus of her outfit.

This Fashionista models the versatility of patterned clothing, perfect for any college student. For her busy day, she threw on a pair of black leggings, a denim jacket, Toms and a Longchamp tote. All these pieces allow her to get through all of her end-of-the-year tasks without any discomfort or wardrobe malfunctions.

Contrary to what some may think, a T-shirt can easily be transformed to fit dinner dress code. Keep the jacket and the T, but trade the leggings for cuffed white skinnies and a pair of gold wedges and you'll be ready to go.

With the summer heat slowly but surely approaching, cotton T-shirts are a must, so don't be afraid to invest in fun and detailed basics. StyleMint is a great option when looking for all sorts of basic tops — with everything from cream V-necks to Aztec prints — they are irresistible.

My favorite T-shirts for the summer include Tibi's Stripe Tie Top, Clover Canyon's Zebra Paradise Top and StyleMint's Willow T.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Becoming Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot was one of the most influential fashion icons of the 1960s and several of the styles she made famous are still making their way into today’s fashions. Whether it was on the beaches of St. Tropez or Armação dos Búzios, Bardot popularized bikinis and was spotted wearing gingham, stripes, tight white jeans and leather sandals. It was her simple, timeless and effortless looks that were not only chic, but created a new minimalistic glamour.

I spotted this Fashionista on her way to class donning Brigitte Bardot’s effortless class. Her simple striped dress is great for going to class or grabbing coffee with a friend and the belt helps to define her waist and create a silhouette. This Fashionista chose to accessorize with a basic pair of Ray-Ban aviators, a shape suitable for all faces, and simple makeup.

An important lesson to learn from Brigitte Bardot is that no matter how simple the outfit, it is the subtle accents that should be played up. This Fashionista opted for a peacock blue, as opposed to the traditional navy, and the gold hardware on her sandals brightens the tan leather.

For a day in the city or while out to dinner with friends, pair the Joie Shasta Top with Vince’s Ankle Skinny Jeans in white. Top the outfit with accessories that will subtly brighten the color palette like the metallic Wedge Sandals by DVF and a necklace from Bing Bang.

If you’re taking a page out of the Bardot playbook and hitting beach, layer a Shoshanna romper over a simple white bikini and keep the jewelry simple with Erickson Beamon earrings. I love Sam Edelman’s Gigi Sandal, it comes in nearly every color and there is no shame in owning multiple pairs of this wardrobe staple.

Bringing simple glamour to your own wardrobe isn’t too difficult as long as you opt for light fabrics with delicate detailing. Experiment with new patterns or simply update old ones with unique jewelry.


As a self-proclaimed shoe enthusiast I can confidently testify that what you wear on your feet is just as important as wearing the correct shade of foundation — those soles really do have the power to make or break an outfit! Not only does this Fashionista have impeccable taste in boots, but she also paired them with a chiffon dress to create a flawless spring ensemble.

Parker’s latest collection features patterned black and white dresses, as well structured leather jackets, perfect for recreating this look. Most dresses for the spring and summer are fairly flowy, so be sure to pick a pattern that is most to flattering to your shape. The Two Ruffle Dress is universally flattering because of the cinching around the waist and the racer back straps. A leather jacket is one of the most important and most expensive fashion investments you will make in your life, which is why it requires the most patience. The Leather Pleated Shoulder Jacket is perfect no matter what the occasion: the hidden zip closure and asymmetrical hem allows the jacket to be worn as a top over skinny jeans or a maxi skirt, and the slits along the sleeves create enough room to layer the jacket over a thin sweater or pullover.

When it comes to picking out your boots, take note from this Fashionista and either experiment with a different color or find boots with some texture to add dimension. Loeffler Randall’s Matilde Flat Boot is the perfect boot because of its classic cut, small wedge and variety of colors — the Cuoio, Tortora and Cocoa Lizard Embossed are perfect for fall, winter and spring. Add Tory Burch’s Mini Clover Necklace for a delicate touch around the neck.


It’s no secret that the students at The George Washington University love to look their best whether they’re attending class or spending the afternoon relaxing in Kogan Plaza. I caught this adorable Fashionista en route to her internship sporting a trendy version of the short suit.

The short suit first made headlines in 2011, in The Wall Street Journal, as the newest staple for women taking office wear from bland to bold. Not only does the short suit allow for experimentation with textures and colors, but the different lengths and the ability of the ensemble to go from day to night increased its popularity.

The focus of this Fashionista’s outfit is all in her blazer — the muted metallic tweed is simple, yet fashion forward, and the zipper detailing on the pockets keeps the jacket contemporary. When wearing metallics during the day, it is important to pick the correct colors for the rest of the outfit in order to avoid looking too clashy. This Fashionista paired her white tank with black high-waisted shorts and black sandals. Foley + Corinna’s Mid City Tote, in a crimson red, was the perfect finishing touch to this Fashionista’s outfit.

The beauty of the short suit is that it doesn’t have to fully match, and it provides the perfect opportunity to try out spring’s newest trend, printed silk bottoms. Try pairing a lace blazer with colorful aztec shorts from Ella Moss or sass & bide — either of these combinations is light and fun for spring, but dressy enough to go straight from class to dinner with your girlfriends. If you are a little more conservative, or printed shorts just really aren’t your thing, opt for color-blocking. The Slouch Shorts, by Robert Rodriguez, are a great option because the belt accentuates the waist and it allows for you to pair it with a whimsical Draped Jacket.

The short suit can be styled in so many different ways and can be easily adapted to your personal taste. If you are daring enough, try mixing a structured flowered blazer with bright silk shorts and chunky heels. For a more reserved look appropriate for internships, try a monochromatic suit or pairing two basic colors and then feel free to accessorize with lots of statement jewelry.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: From Jagger to J Brand

Whether it is clean-cut skinnies or dip-dyed bell bottoms, it is only inevitable that a new spin on denim emerges every season. I spotted this Fashionista keeping covered with a jean jacket on this unusually breezy spring morning.

Jean jackets have been an iconic part of fashion history, making their way from western wear to a Hollywood staple. Singer Bing Crosby was one of the most successful crooners in the early twentieth century and not only was he one of the fathers of modern pop culture, but he was known for making everything look effortless. This happens to include his head-to-toe Levi ensembles, including the 506 Jacket. During the 1950s, denim was considered to be utilitarian wear and represented your standing in social society. Well, it was for Bing Crosby that the first custom Levi’s Tuxedo was created and the styles of jean jackets began to evolve. Mick Jagger’s lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll not only made a huge statement at the time, but it was one of the biggest creative influences in fashion. All it took was tightening the inseam and appreciating leather and velvet accents. Decades later, the hype on denim is still alive and Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, is following in her fashionable parents' footsteps by collaborating on a denim line with Hudson.

This Fashionista displayed her own take on rock ‘n’ roll by pairing her jean jacket with black maxi dress and studded combat boots. The plaid accent on the collar is unique and also brings the focus of the outfit to the neckline where this Fashionista was able rock a vintage necklace from Istanbul. Her Ash Trash Biker Boot was the perfect way to play up her outfit and add a little hidden detail.

The beauty behind a jean jacket is the exponential number of creative ways to style it. The J Brand Denim & Leather Jacket is perfect for a very minimal and daytime look because the leather accents are restricted to the collar and the cuffs. I recommend pairing this jacket with simple white skinny jeans tucked into studded boots, this season’s version of this Fashionista’s favorites are a must, and draw attention to your neckline with bib necklace. If you prefer a little more leather, Pencey’s Moto Jacket features full leather sleeves and is best paired with a High/Low Maxi Dress that can simultaneously show off a pair of stellar springtime Nicholas Kirkwoods.

Regardless of how you choose to style your jean jacket, or any of your outfits for that matter, take a look back at fashion and music icons because you never know who will inspire you!


STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Put A Little Spring In Your Step

If you woke up this morning and caught yourself putting on a sweater and jeans…stop! The weather outside is beautiful and I am sure your spring wardrobe is too, it just needs to get out of the back of your closet.

I spotted this Fashionista in Kogan Plaza on a gorgeous Monday morning in an outfit that would make anyone stop dead in their tracks. The juxtaposition between her rugged boots, ultra-feminine dress and chic accessories make for the perfect transition outfit into spring. Wearing a bright color as the centerpiece of an outfit is daring, but with the perfect balance of neutrals it makes for the ultimate ensemble. This Fashionista chose a dress that blended a bright color and a neutral all in one — the pleated chiffon is not only feminine and flattering, but is extremely comfortable for everyday wear. The outfit is topped with dark accessories in order to contrast the brightness and they attract just the right amount of attention.

The Ikat print is a great route to take when experimenting with patterns and colors, Soft Joie’s Bond Ikat Zigzag Dress displays a great balance between brights and neutrals. The pleated skirt allows the dress to be belted easily, the colors of her dress would look lovely with the Perfect Leather Belt from Madewell. If you dare to show some flare, try Alexander Wang’s Daria Buckle Combat Boots and By Malene Birger’s Jahyl Great Nappa Bag. For eyeglasses, I always say go for the best of the best and the best is Tom Ford.

No matter how stressed you are with midterms or how tired you are from sunning and funning over spring break, spring is the best time to have fun with your wardrobe and blend the best of the all seasons' greatest fashions.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Sprint Through Security

No matter how fabulous your spring break destination may be, there is nothing more stressful than staying effortlessly chic while pushing and shoving through airport crowds. I spotted this Fashionista just before she departed for DCA in a simple outfit that will make traveling a breeze. 

The ideal travel outfit is all about layering light pieces and keeping the color scheme very basic and minimal. This Fashionista kept her outfit extremely simple by pairing a lilac flowered tank with basic skinnies and black cardigan. Her glitter flats add a little bit of glam while the rest of her jewelry and accessories are minimal.

Planes are known for having intemperate climates so the higher the number of layers you wear the more comfortable you are going to be. J.Crew is known for their chic basics and is the perfect place to build a stylish travel outfit — start with the Sunlit Sequin Tank in neon peach and add the Jackie cardigan in either navy or black. Have fun and experiment with fun patterns when choosing your tank top because when you first make it to your sunny destination, it’ll be the center of your outfit while the cardigan will be tucked away in your travel tote. If you’re like me and always are cold on the plane, add a Linen Wrap in citrus lime for a fun punch of color.

Accessorize with minimal jewelry so that there are no delays during the security portion of your trip, J.Crew’s Crystal Starlet Earrings are simple and will go with all suits, bathing or ski. This Fashionista’s Michael Kors tote is perfect for travel and the beach because of its convenient size while the nylon material will keep sand out of all your belongings.

Perfect your spring break packing with a Kindle and lots of sunscreen and your ready for an action-packed and relaxing vacation.


Sundays in D.C. consist of brunch at Le Pain Quotidien, a stroll along the Georgetown Waterfront and an endless amount of hours clocked in at Kramerbooks & Afterwords preparing for the week ahead. Regardless of whether you prefer sipping on mimosas into the late afternoon or diving into a timeless novel, one should never replace sweaters with sweats.

I spotted this Fashionista on a beautiful Sunday afternoon wearing an effortlessly chic ensemble. Over the years I have heard countless rules about how and when to wear white, but this Fashionista demonstrates that white can be worn year round and white pants can make a great replacement for blue jeans. Most would say that their version of a casual outfit would be jeans and T-Shirt, but it is not very often that one mentions a silk blouse. My closet happens to be filled with several simple and casual silk tops that can easily be a replacement to the basic T-shirt. Having an extensive collection of fun accessories will make your wardrobe unique and every outfit chic. This Fashionista paired her favorite J.Crew statement pieces (the Bubble Necklace and the Lula Ballet Flat) in order to contrast the textures in her outfit and to tie all of the colors of the outfit together.

When investing in a pair of white jeans, the fit is extremely important. The Madewell Skinny Skinny Jean is made of stretch denim and has a low-to-mid rise making it universally flattering. Pair it with the Tommy Shirt by Heidi Merrick and House of Harlow 1960’s Station Leather Necklace. The color blocked blouse is a great balance of bright colors and neutrals, and the piping around the neck and sleeves keeps the pattern defined. House of Harlow 1960 is a personal favorite for accessories; Nicole Richie has created an eclectic mix of retro and ethnic patterns that can be incorporated into most outfits. Topping off any outfit with a great watch is not only chic, but will help all Fashionistas get through a busy Sunday.