There are many looks that we try to channel during our fashion lifetimes; but a look that most try but few achieve would have to be the effortlessly cool look. I’m talking about the look that looks seamlessly thrown together to become the perfect, comfortable, and ultimately super cool outfit. The best indication of such an outfit was exemplified when I approached today’s Fashionisto—upon reciting that I represent CollegeFashionista, he immediately proceeded to disclaim his outfit as too rushed and that he “just came out of work.” This is the exact kind of carelessness that marks an effortlessly cool look.
A pair of good shades and headwear is almost always essential to complete the look. Today’s Fashionisto sports a classic pair of Ray-Bans that goes with pretty much every outfit in your wardrobe. So just throw them on and you’re out the door.
Knit headwear can also be worn to top off an effortlessly cool look. Try a looser fit for a more casual look that will be less likely to give you flattened hair. As for color, black is ultimately the most versatile and effortless color out there. So if you’re deciding on an investment piece, you know which color to choose. Keep an eye out for those bad fabrics that snag easily or lint everywhere on your clothes. When it comes to keeping to effortless, make sure the quality of your pieces can put in the effort for you.
When we think of the “preppy” look, we’re thinking about Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, those all-girl Catholic schools and, for some, our Sunday best. I can’t get enough of the preppy look due to its undying elegance and classic chic that anyone could look simply polished in. Today’s Fashionistas put a spin on the classic prep with cool bags and cardigans that I am absolutely obsessed with.
Start off with an always flattering button-up shirt and a pleated skirt. Top this outfit off with a pair of sleek black pumps. What you pair with this basic ensemble is completely up to you! The best part about being preppy is that you don’t have to fully fit the “preppy” paradigm of prim and prissy; the look can be totally personalized and customized to incorporate your everyday pieces.
The Fashionista to the left sports a fringed handbag that really gives her entire look a more bohemian and lax feel to it. Try to snag an attention-grabbing bag that’ll prep your preppy look in a cool and effortless way. Another way to mix and match the norm of the outfit is to pair a boyfriend cardigan instead of a blazer. On the right, today’s Fashionista sports a cool cardigan that balances the hard edges of an otherwise straight-laced outfit.
And your best accessory, of course, is another stylish friend to match!
Time after time, the colors that will always remain true to the hearts of Fashionistas and Fashionistos worldwide will be that of black and white. Nothing is more versatile, simple, or classic as these universal colors that really are the staples to any wardrobe. I found this Fashionisto walking on campus towards the Science Library (no doubt) for some midterm studying while looking explicitly fresh in a black and white ensemble.
What really impressed me was how this Fashionisto mixed the formal look of a suit and tie (briefcase included) with the more toned-down appeal of a fedora hat paired with everyday sneakers. I love the crisp white button up with the popped collar. Who doesn’t love a popped collar on a windy day? Keep things fresh by incorporating more pieces of white outerwear in your closet (the style of this jacket is super cool; but the fact that it's white makes it even better). You’ll be surprised at how much lighter you’ll feel for the approaching spring season.
On the note of preparing for spring, drop those beanies and hoodies for some cool hats that can top off any look effortlessly. Try the always-easy fedora look that will keep girls fawning over the Jason Mraz look or if you’re one of the ladies, the fedora is great just for those really bad hair days (I'm obsessed with the detail of this one). The shape of fedora is always really flattering for all face types. Just make sure the rim of the hat is wide enough so it doesn’t look like your head’s too fat and rolling out of the hat.
Hint: In the case where you are purchasing an item that has many color options available (and you’re totally lost as to which one you should get), you can never go wrong with a black or white option. No regrets on the classics.
With the new month of February, we’re looking at a new set of goals and priorities: a different feel for things and a different set of attire for California’s swiftly changing non-seasons. Also, February is the home to one of our favorite or most dreaded holiday (depending on which team you’re playing for)—Valentine’s Day. But no matter which side you’re on when this greeting-card-induced holiday approaches, we can all appreciate a little more romanticism in our looks this spring.
What I love about this Fashionista’s look is the way she incorporates the lovely floral and flowing touches of the spring season with the regular edgier pieces she wears. Start off with core accessories and all you need is a great-fitting printed dress that flatters you in every way and uplifts your mood all with just a change of an outfit.
This Fashionista pairs her slim studded belt that cinches her waist on top of a great floral dress that is simple, yet interesting in it’s color and sweetheart neckline. It’s best to avoid really flamboyant floral prints so as to not appear Hawaiian or like a floral tablecloth. Simple patterns always do the trick without overdoing it. Top off your entire look with some structural wedges that give off a bolder vibe to juxtapose the maybe too-romantic look you’ve got going. You can be romantic without being a romantic—which may be the sweetest thing about romance.