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
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.