This spring, with all of the color trends imprinted in my mind, I can sometimes forget how amazing a good neutral can look. However, I still find myself drawn to elegant camel coats around campus. I was initially struck by this Fashionista’s classic look, but upon further inspection I discovered contrasting brown accents and three-quarter length sleeves that make this jacket unique. 

Name:  Madeline Ritaccio

Major: Archeology

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How did you choose your outfit this morning?

Madeline Ritaccio: This wool coat from Anthropologie is structured and yields nice clean lines — plus it’s warm. It was an effortless way to stay fashionable and still make it to my early morning class.
CF: What is your greatest source of fashion inspiration?

MR: Bond girls — especially the one in Goldfinger who dies from being painted in gold.

CF: If you could sit front row at any fashion show, which would you attend?

MR: Carven’s summer 2012 fashion show was amazing and exhibited such a mastery of color. It featured a lot of playful cutouts that are a better alternative to the hyper-sexualized and tacky cutout trend we’ve seen in a lot of clothes this past year.

CF: What is the best piece of clothing that can transition from winter to spring?

MR: All those lovely high necklines and collars that we’ve covered up with warm layers!

How to: The trick is to find a classic coat with one quirk. This Topshop jacket retains all the classic glamor of a trench with one tiny hiccup: its contrasting storm flaps and collar. To toughen up such a pretty jacket, take a cue from this Fashionista and wear it with 8 Eye boots. If you’re reeling from the lack of color, don’t despair! These boots come in bold hues such as green.

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