5 Pieces Every College Student Needs to Make Going to Class Easier

It’s that time of the year again… the fun first few days on campus before classes start are officially over. Now, the harsh reality is beginning to set in that there are classes to go to and long hours of studying ahead. I’m the first to admit that despite my love for fashion, looking cute for class can be hard (especially for that boring 8 a.m. lecture). However, I’ve noticed that I am so much more productive and confident when I’m not dressed like a total slob. Here are five of my closet must-haves to make going to class a little easier on those days when you feel like you can’t get out of bed. (Spoiler alert: you still get to be comfy!)

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1—A comfy and cool sweatshirt

The days when sweatshirts were seen as frumpy or lazy are gone. In fact, you can look to almost any of your favorite celebrity fashion icons for comfy street style inspiration (shout-out to Gigi Hadid). You can even layer your sweatshirt with a cool jacket for an even more fashionable yet laid-back look.

2—Fashionable sneakers

As a self-proclaimed sneaker addict, I’ve found that a cute pair of sneakers can elevate your entire outfit like no other accessory. I like to throw on a clean pair of classic white sneakers that automatically make me feel more put together.

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3—Leather leggings

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Leather leggings for class? Trust me on this one. Once you try on a pair, you’ll realize that not only are they super comfy, but you’re also guaranteed endless compliments when you are wearing them. Leather leggings truly are the epitome of effortless cool girl style.

4—Bomber jacket

Bomber jackets aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. A chic bomber jacket is arguably my favorite piece to throw on over a simple white T-shirt or a comfy sweatshirt. It instantly adds an element of style to a simple outfit.

5—Denim jacket

Finally, this list would not be complete without every Fashionista’s go-to piece in her closet: a denim jacket. Personally, I’ve been obsessing over my oversize jean jacket, which always instantly makes me feel a little more fashionable. Pair your favorite denim jacket with a T-shirt dress or leggings for the perfect class outfit.

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What are your go-to outfits for class? Let us know in the comments below!

Ruffles are the Versatile Trend You Need to Try This Summer

Summer is finally in full swing, and I’ve got the perfect, versatile trend for all of your rooftop brunches, pool days, and weekend getaways. Ruffles are one of this summer’s hottest trends, but I’ll be the first to admit that incorporating this trend into your wardrobe can be a little intimidating. I’m here to show you how ruffles can be a simple, easy way to vamp up your outfits!

I always assumed that ruffles were way too girly, too voluminous, and too busy for me. However, after trying on this orange ruffled bodysuit from H&M, I fell in love. I realized that ruffles can be flirty, fun, and yet still chic. This bodysuit was the perfect way to ease ruffles into my summer wardrobe because of its simple cut. As for the “too voluminous” problem? I actually found these ruffles to be extremely flattering and slimming. Say hello to the perfect summer style staple!

So how did I style my ruffles to feel both comfortable and trendy? I paired the statement bodysuit with a simple high-waist denim skirt and black espadrilles to tone down the bright color of the top. I accessorized with round Ray-Ban sunglasses, two dainty bracelets, and a silver watch for the perfect casual, but cute, summer look. The best part about this outfit is how easy and comfortable it is while still being super on-trend. The ruffle details of the bodysuit instantly elevate the outfit and make any other statement pieces totally unnecessary.  

Whether you’re dressed down and rocking simple, delicate ruffles or you’re going for a more daring look with bold ruffles, this trend truly can be worn for any and every occasion. Bring on the ruffles!

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How to Style a Minimal yet Chic Summer Look

Hey guys! My name is Sammy Napolitano and I grew up in Livingston, NJ, which is a short thirty minutes from the greatest city in the world. As a child, I took frequent trips to New York City with my mom and sister.  As I got older, these trips evolved into day long adventures with my best friends. You can find us brunching at the cutest restaurants or shopping at just about every store in SoHo. Of course, we always take an obscene amount of Instagram pictures along the way.

Recently, I moved to a new and unexpectedly trendy city: Columbus, Ohio. I am a rising sophomore at The Ohio State University, studying business and minoring in fashion and retail merchandising.  I love my school (go Bucks!), exploring my new city, good food, online shopping, and of course fashion!

My love for fashion started off a little later in life as I spent my first 10 years as a die-hard tomboy. I refused to wear jeans, paint my nails, or wear my hair in anything besides a high ponytail. As my sports career fizzled out in high school, I traded in my sports jerseys for leather jackets, and my cleats for new shoes. However, my tomboy roots haven’t completely left me.  I still believe sneakers can be worn with any outfit, I avoid bright pink clothing at all costs, and comfort is definitely a number one priority in the way I dress. However, I have finally learned to embrace a good pair of jeans every now and then.

It’s hard to categorize my personal style in one way, but I would consider myself to be pretty minimalist. I like simple prints, neutral colors, dainty jewelry, and classic white sneakers. I enjoy dressing up simple pieces by adding a cool statement jacket, trendy sunglasses, or my favorite pair of shoes. Currently, I have been obsessing over vintage inspired pieces to add some fun to my outfits.

The jacket I am wearing here is my absolute favorite piece in my closet at the moment.  I finally found a BlankNYC leather jacket that I can justify wearing all summer long because of its cute floral print. True to my minimalist self, I opted for wearing a simple black top and white shorts. I loved the distressed detailing on the shorts and the straight neckline of the tank top. Both details add an element of style to an otherwise simple outfit. Finally, I wore my round Ray-Bans, my favorite Free People leather mules, and a pair of dainty gold chokers for the perfect city chic look.

What do think of this look? Let us know in the comments below!