The phrase, “Less is more,” speaks for the conservative movement that is very chic this season. The skin-tight comfort that once hugged our waists has been replaced with a loose-fitting trouser, and the low neckline of our tops got a facelift in the collar department. So long to the obvious feminine and flirty — relaxed menswear-inspired pieces are determining the spring seasonal trends this year. Of course, the fun behind this entire trend stems from our capability to soften these masculine looks.

When I spotted this Fashionista sporting denim trousers and a high-neck top, her choices of color, print and metal are the elements that complete her refined boyfriend-style. Opting for a light wash jean, she adds a touch of color wearing a neon striped top and a twist of edginess with a leather jacket and statement necklace. This Fashionista completes her outfit of the day with an essential, yet simple wrist watch and a classic pair of black flats that every girl should consider having in her closet.

Name: Alyssa Schondel

Major: Fashion Marketing

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: Where do you derive your personal style inspiration from?

Alyssa Schondel: My style inspiration definitely stems from fashion bloggers, especially Always Judging, Lovely Pepa and WeWoreWhat. I also look to Who What Wear and Tumblr for potential outfit ideas.

CF: Describe your perfect every day spring outfit.

AS: My perfect spring outfit would be a solid color, sleeveless swing dress with a killer pair of heeled sandals and a statement necklace. Throw the hair in a top knot and I’m good to go!

CF: What trend are you most excited to wear or try this spring/summer season?

AS: I’m super eager to indulge in full midi skirts and square-neck, ’90s-inspired camis this spring. Cut-outs are soon to be replaced by the retro conservative pieces that are back and hot on the market.

How To: Less — as in revealing less — is more in terms of what a conservative outfit can do for the every day Fashionista. Save the cut-outs and tighter-fitting pieces for 90-degree days and show off more fabric for a look that keeps the boyfriend fit trendy. Neon was hot last year, and it’s back for another season. Incorporate neon in small doses— such as a handbag or within a print — that not only stands out, but also adds a touch of femininity.

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