Out with the pastels and neons from last spring and summer, and in with the warm, burnt tones of fall and winter. Burgundy has been a hit on the runway and on campus for the past few months, and it's a colour trend that doesn't seem to be fading any time soon!

On the runway, designers loved this colour so much that it got the title of Milan's biggest outbreak colour of the season! Labels such as rag & bone paired wonderful burgundy coats and pants with black patent military boots for their fall 2012 runway show. Tommy Hilfiger featured various outerwear pieces, suits and pants in his collection, proving that he also loved this colour too!

You don't need to be a top model to rock this colour though. Stores all over the place are adopting this colour and providing it to you at affordable prices. Urban Outfitters carries a great line of cigarette skinnies in this beloved colour, but it can also be found spread across the floors of H&M, Zara and American Apparel as well.

This Fashionisto opted for burgundy pants, which are a popular choice for many. They're a good option if you'd like to try adding coloured jeans into your wardrobe because they're fairly subtle, yet still fun and exciting. Another option for this colour could merely be a burgundy button down or knit that can be layered with just about anything. Give it a try!

Hint: Burgundy is a great alternative to a more overpowering, bright red. It's more subdued for the winter months and easier to match with neutral tones like blacks and greys.

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Musician’s Flair

Hello my lovely Fashionistos!

Here in Los Angeles, the sky is getting gloomier and the leaves lighter; fall is finally here to stay. Time to break out the sweaters, scarves, hoodies, hats, gloves and more! I spotted this Fashionisto cruising by the Ronald Tutor Campus Center where I usually spend my lunches; it was pretty hard to miss him with his bright green pants and beanie. Fortunately, I managed to flag him down before he skated off because I was extremely intrigued in what he would have to say about his outfit choice and obvious color coordination.  He was sporting a mixed color plaid shirt, brown suede jacket, green Levi Brand Jeans, shoes that reminded me of furry Sperry Top-Siders and topped it off with a bright green beanie.

Once we began talking, I immediately liked his nonchalant attitude as it was a refreshing change from so many of the stressed and hyperactive students I usually encounter.  When I questioned him on his personal style his swift response took me off guard, “I dress accordingly to how I feel in the morning.” There it is, Fashionistos—the solid truth. “I'd like to say I have no particular style.  If I'm feeling red, I'll throw on my red Levis. If I'm feeling green, I'll throw on my green ones.” After further conversing with him, I realized that this Fashionisto cares more about his music than about how he dresses. “I get my inspiration from other musicians; how they play and how they dress really influences me. A lot of my clothes are either from Goodwill, thrift shops, or family. I dig it that way.” As this Fashionisto plays the guitar and provides vocals for his band, Angeles Flight, he spends most of his time jamming with his friends and band mates and gaining inspiration for his upcoming shows.  

He also informed me that he was wearing a beanie from Extreme Boarding, a shop located in Highland Park that offers a great selection of clothes, art and skateboarding equipment. “I've been skating all my life so I've gotta embrace that part of me.” When my eyes lingered on his shoes, he laughed and said, “My shoes were from Payless. I'm a cheapie when it comes to shoes.” You can buy slippers like his, here. Looking fashionable does not always require a stressful process beforehand. As this Fashionisto showed us, sometimes you just have to feel it. 

Hint: Fashionistos, do not be afraid to experiment with colors, materials, and patterns. Sometimes the best outfits are created without a single train of thought. There have been so many times when I have woken up late in the morning, just put on a pair of pants and a random shirt, gone to class, and received countless compliments on my outfit. The key is just to score some really great articles of clothing so your closet has a great selection of clothing items. Quality is what matters the most, not quantity.

Be sure to also check out this Fashionisto's Los Angeles based band, Angeles Flight! You can read about them and listen to their music here.

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As the days slowly become longer and spring begins to ascend on Melbourne, having a few key pieces is all it takes to update your look for the warmer months. One in particular is the trench coat. The trench is a perfect choice of outerwear for spring, especially when the weather can change at the drop of a hat — one minute you are standing in a warm spring breeze, and the next you are running for shelter from the September rain.

Today’s Fashionisto has opted for a classic beige take on a staple all guys must have in their wardrobe. A light stone, soft caramel or cream hue is the perfect colour of choice for a trench coat. This is because these timeless shades coordinate well with any other colours you have in your wardrobe and will anchor, or even neutralise, the bold colours commonly used in the spring.      

This Fashionisto’s outfit is perfect for on campus as it is a classic combination of staple pieces that are as stylish as they are practical. To quote a famed couturier, Christian Dior: “Coats can be either fitted or loose, whichever is your personal choice. But above everything they must be practical. Practical in colour and practical in style.” The accessibility and practicality of the trench therefore allows this iconic garment to remain a pillar in men’s style.  

This spring with the temperature rising, the wind dying down and the rain clouds rolling in, march on and sport your favourite trench coat.  
Hint: While there are many options of trench coats available, for spring the trench of choice would be a cropped version, which hits around waist length. This would give you the most versatility and flexibility when it comes to pairing with jeans, chinos or shorts.

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It's spring break, my friends. I've had four, three of which were spent home in a relaxing manner. This year, I've been lucky enough to travel across the country to visit my sister in beautiful, sunny San Diego. It's always 75 and sunny making it arguably one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. My mother always jokes when talking to my sister (as she's begging her to come home) and tells her it is always sunny and a perfect 75 degrees here in Massachusetts. We all know she's just telling a teeny fib. Oddly enough, it was warmer this week in Massachusetts than it was in San Diego. How is that possible, you ask? I don't know, but to everyone on the east coast you're welcome. As I traveled across the country and stopped in different cities, I've begun to appreciate and pay attention to different styles. Growing up, I never really traveled outside of a fifteen mile radius. Now I truly can appreciate how different the culture even a few cities away can be. I cannot wait to travel the world to really understand how amazing fashion is. 

I spotted this Fashionisto and was happy with his simple but classy look. What says spring more than a pair of classic leather boat shoes? Sometimes things are better when they are simple and straightforward. His khaki shorts are such a perfect way to let his natural style breathe. His long sleeve maroon polo top reminds me of a beloved summer night. Oh, how I am lusting for summer! I do not think there is any better outfit for a summer night than shorts with a long sleeve top. Nothing can beat it.

Hint: Try to layer some prints on top to complete your classic look and add a little modernity. 

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There once was a time when men wore pants at their actual waistline and leaving the house without a hat on was considered a bit odd. Of course times have changed with the evolvement of fashion and so have men’s hats. Besides the fedora, arrays of styles are available to top off any trendy ensemble. And what better time to sport this extra accessory than the winter? I spotted this textiles and apparel grad student walking in west mall, wearing a layered look. He wore a plaid button-up over a ringer tee with a pair of relaxed fit jeans and sneakers. His brown puffer vest tied the outfit together, with a plaid lining that complemented his blue plaid shirt. His hat was a beanie, and the perfect choice to complete his urban-casual look.

Experiment with layering to get this Fashionisto’s streetwear look. Start with a simple tee under a button-up. Dress it down with a puffer vest and a beanie. To dress this outfit up, switch out the vest for one like this, roll down the sleeves, and top it off with a different hat, like the fedora — classic looks never go out of style!

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Let’s hear it for the BOYS

There seems to be an invisible fine line for men between an interest in experimenting with fashion and a weariness of some trends tampering with their masculinity. 

I for one love when guys wear jewelry- not TOO much jewelry but some pieces here and there. Today's Fashionisto accessorized his outfit with a long chained necklace. While the length of the necklace was a bit longer then most College Fashionistos might prefer, he stuck with a thinner chain to showcase his interest in jewelry but within a masculine boundary. 

Looking for a good piece of man jewelry? Try Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield.

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