Patterned denim is one the trendiest and easiest ways to make an otherwise plain outfit stand out. I spotted this Fashionista wearing these amazing acid jeans that add texture and a mélange of blue hues to her outfit. She toned down the edgy denim with comfortable schoolgirl classics: a bright blue tee, camel-colored cardigan and ultrachic glasses. 

Name: Regina Michelle

Year: First Year Graduate Student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Regina Michelle: My shoes are from Timberland. My jeans are fro J.C. Penny and actually my shirt and cardigan are from there also. The necklace is from Forever 21. My glasses are vintage from Florence.

CF: What are some of the fall trends you are looking forward to wearing?

RM: There is no particular trend I want to follow this season. I wear what I feel like wearing. If I had to choose, I like the military style but I do not tend to dress that way. I think classic black and white never goes out of style.  

CF: What are some of your fashion tips for college students on a budget?

RM: I would advise college students to invest in staple pieces that they can wear forever. Make sure you have the basics like a nice cardigan, T-shirts and jeans. Then accessorize to make those staples pop and you can create many different looks for less.

CF: What is the one piece from your closet that you cannot live without?

RM: If I had to pick one item it would be a black cardigan because it goes with anything. Also, it keeps me warm so it actually serves a real purpose besides looking good!

How To: This look is relatively easy to pull off and many retailers sell similar pieces. Starting off with the focal point of the outfit, try these acid wash skinnies from ASOS. This bright blue tee from LAmade pairs perfectly with earth tones and any kind of denim. To keep warm, layer up with this tan cardigan from Gap. Accessorize and add a touch of femininity with this long strand necklace from Forever 21 and these funky spectacles from Warby Parker. Finish off the look with comfortable leather loafers from Frye that never go out of fashion. For this look, the main attraction is the denim so it would be wise to invest in a high quality pair that can withstand years of washes; you can pair it with the staples in your existent wardrobe for years to come.

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