Leather and neon are two big trends that have extended across several seasons. That is not the only characteristic they share; they are also the two trends that can be easily overdone. When this Fashionista walked by with the right balance of both trends, I had to steal her secrets. Read on to learn how a love of leather can balance out pieces that are preppy and girly, add fun to neutrals and pair well with even the biggest statement necklaces.

Name: Lauren Keepers

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What is your favorite part of your outfit?

Lauren Keepers: I love leather regardless of what time of the year it is, so I’d have to say my jacket. Although I love wearing multiple metals, so I might have to say my necklace, too.

CF: How do you get your style inspiration?

LK: So many places! Shopbop, J.Crew, BCBGMAXAZRIA and their instagram accounts, the website Refinery29 and my fellow Twiglets, my coworkers at Twigs, the retail store I work at.

CF: Where is your favorite place to shop?

LK: Nordstrom! Unfortunately there isn’t an actual store in Madison—yet.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

LK: Edgy. Leather, shredding, mixed metals and a few pops of bright color.

CF: What trends are you looking forward to for spring?

LK: I’m excited for sheer neutral layering pieces and white and black graphics!

How To: This Fashionista has mastered the balance of wearing a lot of interesting, trendy pieces all at once. The trick is to wear a little of each, rather than an overload. Balance leather leggings with a bright pop of color on top, but keep it muted under a blazer. If you want to throw some bling into the mix, keep it in the same color family as any other hardware you have on (zippers, clasps etc.). Stacks of mixed-metal rings are easy to throw on and subtle enough for beginners. Once you’ve mastered the balance of the trends, experiment and try going a little wild! Just remember, you have to master the rules before you can go and break them.

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