Summer 2011 was undoubtedly the summer of the maxi dress, but now we have fallen into autumn. As the sun loses its warmth and temperatures begin to drop, I hope you Fashionistas don't pack away that maxi with your sundresses and cut-off shorts. The great thing about the maxi dress is that it is the perfect transitional piece from summer to fall. Today's Fashionista knows exactly how to make sure she maxi-mizes her options with her yellow and heather-gray striped dress, blue jean jacket and a flattering pair of frames. Her timeless peace sign necklace is the perfect amount of sparkle for this Fashionista's daytime look.

Name: Rachel Vorwaller

Class: Junior

Major: Psychology

CollegeFashionista: What inspired your look today?

Rachel Vorwaller: The first day of chilly, fall weather in Durham  it was my first opportunity to try something new!

CF: When the weather gets chilly on campus what are your favorite pieces to wear?

RV: My favorite items from my closet to wear are definitely this awesome Juliette Jake hooded vest, Free People sweaters, my pair of True Religion dark-wash skinny jeans and Jeffrey Campbell boots.

CF: How would you define your style?

RV: In a few simple words, I'd define my style as comfortable, relaxed, easy and colorful.

CF: What are your favorite brands right now?

RV: Joie, Rag & Bone, and for shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti. Also, I always love some Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie!

How To: Make this look your own a few different ways. Keep your eyes peeled for the perfect maxi. When buying a maxi, make sure that the hem of the dress hits your feet and doesn't drag. Also, for the vertically-inclined Fashionistas, such as myself, make sure your maxi fits your body in all the right places. If the skirt has too much volume, it can make you look shorter and wider. For the fearless Fashionista, check out this mustard-hued, leopard print maxi by Joyrich featured on Want to find something similar to the featured Fashionista? Try Akira Chicago's Striped Maxi Tank, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser and the various type of stripes flatter almost any body type. For a classic, all-American blue jean jacket to pair with your maxi, check out Levi's Authentic Trucker Jacket. The wash and fit of this jacket is fantastic and is sure to become an essential in your wardrobe. For something a tad edgier (and pricier), try this Brooklyn Veggie Leather Jacket from Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad. It is perfect for the CollegeFashionista — fashionable, yet sustainable. I am infatuated with this Fashionista's frames, so make sure you check out these all the fun vintage eyewear that is featured on American Apparel's online store to find the perfect, inexpensive pair for you!

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