Well, Fashionistas, we made it. Another school year has come and gone leaving us with the long, sunny and gloriously free days of summer. And there’s really no better way to pass the time than romping around the city — in a scandalously short romper, of course.

This Fashionista aced her summer look with a teeny tiny romper, metallic sandals and the perfect “don’t bother me, I’m tanning” shades. Unlike a lot of the loose, shapeless rompers that serve as better beach cover-ups than actual outfit staples, this one hugs this Fashionista’s every curve. The deep V-neck and bowtie straps add some extra fun elements to an already fun color palette and abstract design.

As this Fashionista did, keep the accessorizing to a minimum for maximum impact. The barely-there romper will serve much more of a punch if it isn’t overshadowed by a bunch of bold baubles. Try a high-waisted rose-covered romper with a peter pan collar for day or slip on a pleated V-neck number with a cutout back for night. Go for form-fitting silhouettes with eye-catching details and your summer will be both chic and comfortable.


Five years ago, tropical prints were reserved for bad vacation shirts and string bikinis. Now? Quite the contrary. Spring 2012 runway shows sent outfit after outfit of exotic prints down the catwalk. From bright palm fronds at Ferragamo to neon flowers at Altuzarra, the bold patterns absolutely scream summer.

This Fashionista found her perfect tropical print in a coral and turquoise sheer maxi dress. With a simple tie at the waist and subtly sexy slits on the sides, the dress is casual and comfortable enough to don for a day on campus. Since the print and color of the dress are so bold, this Fashionista wisely chose neutral accessories to complement her outfit. Her rectangular frames, brown leather bag and strappy sandals are the perfect additions to her ensemble.

Going for a tropical look of your own? Pick one piece, like this Fashionista’s dress, cropped pant or a slinky top, and keep the rest relatively simple. Pair a sheer maxi with some gold wedges and a boho headband for a night out with your guy. Printed pants and a white button-down are great for a more office-appropriate look while a tropical bag adds the tiniest bit of punch to a fun beach ensemble. Say “aloha” to a fun new summer wardrobe — however you decide to incorporate the trend this season!


Dress for the part — that’s what everyone always says. With finals inching closer and closer, the part to play is studious pupil, and Fashionistas know better than anyone how to dress for it. An outfit perfect for hours spent cramming in the library? No sweat. At least not for this Fashionista.

With coffee cup in hand, her ensemble’s got all of the requisite star student attributes plus a healthy dose of quirkiness. An array of funky colors brings life to her simple striped T-shirt, cotton skirt and army jacket. Black tights and red Dr. Martens are a fun way to stomp around in the unusually chilly San Diego weather but also provide a little more comfort and support for those long days of classes and study groups. But it’s this Fashionista’s geek chic glasses that serve the ultimate sartorial punch. The black rims with their subtle cat eye shape are a subtle nod to the past and give the look a retro grunge quality. They’re perfectly framed by thick bangs, dip-dyed tips and a deep maroon lip.

Getting gussied up only to lock yourself in a cubicle on the fourth floor of the library may seem silly, but take it from me: dressing the part can up your motivation tenfold. Because if you feel like you can take on the world in your outfit, a couple of finals seem like nothing.


Without fail, Fashionistas flock to all things shimmery and shiny each season. A sequined sweater. A bejeweled sandal. A glittered manicure. We’re like moths to a flame. But aren’t there times when we just want to tone it down a bit? When we want everyone to take in our entire outfit — not just the glaringly bright sparkles adoring our top?

This Fashionista did just that without compromising any sense of fashion or fun. She donned a minimalist outfit with maximum impact. The ensemble took on a schoolgirl-gone-edgy vibe with a cropped leather jacket, white button-down top and short tan skirt. But it’s her black tights, with the lightest bit of gold sheen, which took the look to the next level. Without overwhelming the other pieces, the tights added the perfect amount of shimmer and shine. The half dozen bright gold buckles on her flats and the studs on her jacket added to the sparkle in a totally unexpected way.

Take the hint from this Fashionista and look for more understated ways to inject some shine into your ensemble this spring. A bra top with a sparkling thread is hot weather perfect while a deep blue skirt embellished with rhinestones is ideal for a night out on the town. Take the fun challenge and rethink your flashy fashions this season!

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Basics and Brights

After last week’s uncharacteristically neutral style advice, I figured it best to throw in a hearty dose of eye-catching color. And what better way to put a bit of bright into an outfit than with a neon knapsack? Neon stepped on the style scene a few seasons ago, but, Fashionistas, it’s not too late to hop on board.

This Fashionista’s classic white dress and jean jacket combination served as a great base to the neutral and neon accessory. A thick, brown leather belt, turquoise pendant and strappy sandals even give the outfit a country-like feel. But her hot pink-lined backpack from Target provides some edge and a nice daytime way to wear the trend. Wearing any bold hue — neon or not — can be a little overwhelming, so a pop of color in an accessory like this Fashionista’s is the perfect way to experiment.

Start out with a neutral ensemble, perhaps a black maxi dress or cut-offs and a loose top. Next, find your dream neon accessory in a color you love. If this Fashionista’s pop of pink isn’t quite your style, spring for an orange or lime green accented bag. Finally, don the ensemble (a statement necklace or stack or bracelets wouldn’t hurt), and strut your stuff!


I’m big on color. Huge, actually. But while the neutral section of my own closet is sorely lacking, I love a good monochromatic ensemble of all black pieces. The vibe is edgy and intense — a nice juxtaposition to the usual San Diego look. And with spring ushering in a slew of preppy pastels, a blacked out wardrobe is a real showstopper.

This Fashionista’s colorless outfit is classic and simple. Black skinny jeans and knee-high boots anchored her look, while a loose, buttoned top kept her getup from seeming too harsh. Topping it off with a no-fuss backpack, this Fashionista’s collection of one-color pieces was ideal to play up the rare gloomy day. There was no straying from the city girl feel, down to her hair and makeup a with a smoky eye and pin straight ‘do.

If you simply can’t part from your color-loving ways (guilty as charged), use accessories to break up the black. This Fashionista’s lucite watch and baby-pink nails provide a small yet unexpected pop of lightness, but a stack of bright bangles or an in-your-face nail color would be just as lovely. Keep the vibrant add-ons to a minimum, though, and let the minimalism of the outfit speak for itself.


In today’s problems that aren’t really problems discussion, let’s talk about white button-down shirts. You would think they’d be the ideal shirt — a blank slate with an infinite amount of possibilities. But often times, those millions of possibilities can get a little overwhelming. You want to jazz up the simple shirt but not overcomplicate the ensemble. It’s a fine line we Fashionista’s must tow, and this particular Fashionista did so perfectly.

Pairing her white button-down shirt with studded motorcycle boots and a bevy of eclectic jewelry, this Fashionista’s outfit takes on an edgy sort of tone. Though classic denim shades make for equally classic ensembles when paired with white shirts, colored jeans make a much more fun statement. This Fashionista’s maroon skinnies are a nice choice while the chilly weather is still lingering. Once spring hits, though, try some pretty pastel pants or a pair in a bold hue. Take cues from this Fashionista’s great accessorizing, too. A spiked necklace creates an interesting makeshift collar while a stack of colored bangles bring another pop to the simple outfit. Stick with one statement piece and let your other baubles accent it.

When white button-down tops this spring, let this Fashionista’s outfit be your guide. And say goodbye to those pesky #whiteshirtproblems.


As flirty, fun and hot-weather perfect as strapless tops can be, they don’t allow much play with one of fashion’s most versatile features: the sleeve. Think about the possibilities and try not to become overwhelmed with excitement. From a delicate spaghetti strap to a dramatic lantern sleeve, the cut of a top can completely transform your look.

This Fashionista’s long, billowy sleeves with slits up to the elbow give her ensemble a bohemian spin. The top’s butterfly print in varying shades of pink enhances the dreamy, ethereal vibe while bold gold accessories and chunky fringed wedges add a little bit of edge. By choosing dark denim and keeping her hair simple and straight, the focus remains on this Fashionista’s shirt. Try out so show-stopping sleeves of your own. Dress up a red printed top with flowing slit sleeves by pairing them with some metallic cigarette trousers. Or, go casual with a hippie-esque shirt and some frayed denim shorts.


A hat never truly goes out of style. Trends come and go, yes. But a great hat, no matter how many seasons have passed since it was the “it” headwear, always packs a pretty punch. Call them bad hair day savers or dub them the perfect statement accessory. One thing is for sure, though: hats are timelessly chic.

With cutout triangles dancing across the brim, this Fashionista’s classic black hat gets a modern update. Paired with mash-up of unique pieces, her outfit takes on a decidedly quirky vibe. A bowtie necklace plays up the angular design featured in this Fashionista’s headwear while polka-dotted knee-highs introduce another fun shape into the ensemble. Chunky burgundy wedges and a coral shirt peeking through a knit sweater add touches of springy color to this otherwise monotone look.

Find a wool hat in a shade and shape that suits you, and try creating the cutouts yourself. The triangles on this Fashionista’s hat are fun, but various sized circles or a row of stripes would look just as charming. Keep your hair down and pulled back so the one-of-a-kind brim of the hat remains the focal point. Let's hope for sunny days ahead so your topper can have its chance to shine!


I believe that a pair of sunglasses can make any gal look infinitely cooler and ten times more confident. Since I can’t stand the way rims feel and look on my own face, I envy the Fashionistas who sport them day in and day out with effortless style. With the aviator craze nearing its end (finally), new styles and shapes are breathing life into the hot-weather ensembles of spring.

This Fashionista tried on a round pair of sunnies for size. Circular sunglasses were a big hit on the spring runways this season, spotted on the models at shows like Stella McCartney, Derek Lam and Yigal Azrouël. The shape, which saw its heyday in the ‘60s, gives any outfit a vintage appeal and looks best with slightly offbeat, old-fashioned garb. Pairing the geometric frames with a fringed top and denim cut-offs, this Fashionista embraced the retro vibe throughout her entire look.

Because sunglasses draw so much attention to your face, take the opportunity to show off your favorite pair of statement earrings or your newly coiffed ‘do. This Fashionista’s hair, with its slightly disheveled styling and minty green tips, matched the quirkiness of her dark, round glasses perfectly. If color is too much for you, try out a bold hair accessory to complement your frames.