Have you ever imagined what Pocahontas and John Smith’s daughter would look like? I am pretty sure she would look like our Fashionista today: equal parts tea-time appropriate and equal parts adventurer. When I spotted this Fashionista amidst the finals, I was surprised how put together and comfortable she looked.
Texas seems not to have gotten the winter memo, so here we continue to layer and act as if it is cold outside. This Fashionista mixed tights with knee-high boots that give her a comfortable boho look. Copy those fantastic boots with the renowned brand Minnentonka that makes well-lasting and beautiful moccasin boots.
What makes Michelle’s look so special is her relaxed yet tailored shirt and structured handbag. They both give a new take to a otherwise typical outfit. Purchase one for yourself that can make any outfit in your closet look instantly dressed up. I like the bags that Urban Outfitters offers because they have a vintage-refined look.
For the end of the semester remember to keep your head cool and not get too overwhelmed. When it comes to your attire; comfort is definitely the objective and that can easily be done with these simple tips.
When I hear leather, I think of Sandy from the movie Grease. Her skintight leather ensemble makes her look fierce and fashionable, and also someone you don’t want to mess with. This season seems to be all about that type of look because designers and Fashionistas everywhere are adding more and more leather into their daily ensemble. Leather has always been a major staple in Fashionista’s closets universally, but it has recently been making an even larger appearance. It is continuously showing up on runways and shows no signs of stopping.
I spotted this Fashionista on her way to class on a chilly day. She said that her JouJou Faux Leather Moto Jacket was to perfect addition to her outfit to keep her warm, yet fashionable. She also said it’s easy to throw over anything she is wearing because of its neutral color because it goes with almost anything she has.
Want to stand out a little bit? Colored leather is also showing up in stores everywhere. You definitely won’t blend in with the crowd if you’re wearing this Collection B Metallic Faux Leather Biker Jacket. It’s tight, slim fit will make you look fierce and fabulous! Additionally, this OBEY Jealous Lover Bomber Jacket from Urban Outfitters is sure to add a significant pop of color to any outfit you are sporting.
Personally, I have been showing some fierceness and going out of my comfort zone to purchase these leather staples. Don’t be afraid to add some edge into your outfits, too! Try it out and throw a leather jacket over any outfit you’re wearing!
“Some women are drippin’ with diamonds, some women are drippin’ with pearls,” says a well–known show tune, but this gal is draped in something a bit more light weight–tons of tatted lace. As a Fashionista, she is well aware of the treasure trove that is vintage clothing. Whether made to look old or actually worn in, antique-esque garments are classy little things. History did get it right sometimes. Her 1920s style lace sheath dress is positively awe-inspiring; I think I was the fifth person to comment on it and that was at 10 AM of the day she wore it. Her dress clearly made a statement. If it could speak it would say something like, “Look at me! I was both beautifully designed and well-constructed, and anyone who picked me out to wear has a good eye and fashionable, worthy soul.” (It is a loquacious dress, apparently.) Many times, however, a modern, fast-fashion piece just doesn’t say enough.
This Fashionista knows when to accessorize and when not to, as well. The lace cardigan she wears over the dress is right on target. It continues the theme and enhances the lovely designs in the dress, but it’s not overdone. Nor does it look too perfectly matched, because the dress is more tulle than lace, and has many different lines and layers; the cardigan conversely is a consistent lace scallop all over. The combination is worthy of royalty.
A perfect finishing touch is the pair of mint green flats. It adds a hint of color to the all-white outfit, but doesn’t garishly pop. The eyelet detail over the toes echoes the lace in the other pieces but has its own distinct pattern of cut-outs. She wears no other accessories but the skillfully applied, retro eye liner. The outfit has plenty going on as it is, and she appropriately lets the chatty dress do all the talking.
Upon returning home for winter break, I was met in Seattle by intermittent mini-monsoons only to be broken up by just your average torrential downpour. The bleak weather outside was obviously a deterrent to going outside for everyone in the general area, so finding a Fashionista brave enough to weather the weather was going to be a task.
But then I remembered that I was in Seattle, the kingdom of rain, and that Northwest Fashionistas wouldn’t be scared off by a little bit of moisture! And on my daily trip to Starbucks, I was right. As I walked in I came across the perfect downpour-worthy outfit.
As all Seattle Fashionistas know, rain gear is an absolute closet staple. But the question is how to make an outfit that’s made to splash through puddles and bear the heaviest of rainstorms chic? This Fashionista had the right idea but wearing her rain boots like she would any other basic black boot. You can find a great pair of black rain boots, like these Hunter boots from Nordstrom, in a variety of different finishes, if you aren’t a fan of the super shiny boot. They come in a huge range of colors so Fashionistas with a more daring color palate have amazing options.
But I would have to say that my favorite part of this Fashonista’s ensemble are her polka dots. She put my favorite print this season underneath a cream, knee-length jacket from the North Face, another Seattelite staple. Polka dot blouses, especially black and white, are a great basic print that can be worn as part of an all-black-ensemble, or with any color skinny jean. A black sheer blouse with metallic dots is a great way to take advantage of two trends at the same time, like this one from Forever 21.
Take a tip from Fashionistas that are used to the rain; your outfit can still be totally chic while protecting you from crazy weather conditions, no matter where you are!
The print of the season is most definitely polka-dots. While sometimes this fun pattern can come across mildly immature, or more appropriate for spring, we see this Italian Fashionista, Damiana, proving quite the opposite. When wearing polka-dots during fall, aim for dark colors and subtlety for the chicest look possible.
On the sleeves of Damiana’s dark green coat, found this season at Zara, small silver studs can be seen. Although there is a 3D quality to these dots, they are a definite variation of a polka-dot print. If you want an everyday coat such as this one, be sure that the polka-dots (or metallic details) are not glaring, or else you might run into a problem when attempting to pair it with certain colors or competing patterns. This coat also has a certain '50s quality due to the high collared shape. Damiana has further accentuated the geometric, feminine style with cat-eye glasses, red lips and matching red nails, creating an all around put-together look. During the holiday season, red nails and lipstick add a festive twist to any outfit.
The other set of polka-dots in Damiana’s outfit can be found on the dark gray tights, which incorporates a sense of youthfulness to the classically European look. To draw more attention to the small section of tights seen, make sure that your other clothing pieces are neutral, solid colors. By matching her black leather bag with her knee high boots, this Fashionista further highlights the subtle print of the tights and the metallic finery in the jacket. As for her scarf, Damiana chose a painterly Missoni print of rich colors to complement, enhance and brighten the other earth tones she is wearing.
Sweater weather! It’s finally here guys and gals! Fall has made its debut here at Sacred Heart University as the fall foliage and the crisp, cool Halloween air hase settled in here in the state of Connecticut. Fall is synonymous with sweaters and boots. As October hit, Fashionistas everywhere were lining up their closets with this season’s fashionably appropriate footwear— boots!
I knew I loved this week’s Fashionista’s outfit, but it wasn’t until I got the chance to photograph her look that I noticed the eclectic, yet simple details that truly made up her overall appearance. This SHU student paired her rocker chic set of Steve Madden boots with a pair of black leggings and a simple white top, making sure the focus was on her boots as every onlooker watched her pass. She also paired her look with a simple high bun, showing off not only her simplistic trendy style, but her recent addition of a Leo sign tattoo as well. Her style is edgy yet sophisticated, intriguing those who catch a glimpse. The blue lining on the back of her boots was a signature give away that her leather additions were the result of Steve Madden, so when I approached her I was not surprised to hear the excitement about her recent shoe purchase. What I was most excited about is her stellar Gucci bag, which gives her outfit a little excitement and classy demeanor.
As many of you know, this season is all about leather and neutrals. During my mini photo shoot, I asked this week’s Fashionista what her signature style was. She replied, “I like simple shades; blacks, grays, whites, anything that’s not a color. The blue zipper on my shoes is somewhat of a risk for me.” I found this astonishing, as I am a bright color-lover myself. But when she said that, I couldn’t help but think about Altuzarra’s fall 2012 collection as it was mainly devoted to neutral colors with little pops of prints and colors here and there. So for all of you color-haters out there, take notes from this week’s Fashionista, as well as Altuzarra’s runway collection!
Transitioning between wardrobes for cooler weather is difficult for even the chicest college student on campus. I know we can all relate to the unpredictabiliity of the end of summer but not quite the beginning of fall temperatures we have been witnessing lately on the east coast. The deviation from normal weather is amplified over at Montclair State University, as most students can attest to; our campus is comparable to a wind tunnel, a furnace, and an icebox on several occasions, sometimes all in the same day. Some students opt to release their Uggs and North Faces rather early while you can catch some sporting crop tops and shorts like it's Memorial Day weekend at the Jersey Shore; I can safely say the majority of Montclair State students are extremely weather confused!
No need to fear, because this week's Fashionista offers some outfit inspiration for September that can easily be added onto with various layers for when the fall breeze really kicks in.
An easy way to update our wardrobes for autumn 2012, no matter the silhouette, is to throw in a few of fall's it colors: mustard, forest green, burgundy etc. Just a hint of one of this season's most popular hues can take your ensemble from summer-time fine to autumn-time cool. This Fashionista allows her mustard yellow maxi to take center stage by pairing it with a simple white tank, denim cropped vest and braided gladiator sandals. Her outfit is both weather apropriate for the hot yet breezy days we experience but for the season as well!
Get a similar look with burgundy knit jeggings from American Eagle or an ASOS mustard yellow canvas backpack to add a punch of color like this Fashionista did!
P.S. To learn more about this season's it colors, or any other future season for that matter, check out Pantone's seasonal color trend report!
Fall semester has officially commenced here at the University of Toronto and an excited energy fills the air. As new students and old are busy buying books, checking schedules and filling up lecture halls, it’s always nice to take a look around at all the new faces and of course the fall outfits! While last week’s weather was still far warmer in comparison, temperatures have dropped this week meaning that autumn is finally here.
If you are ever unsure of when summer transitions into fall, just take a look at the types of material being worn. As opposed to thin, sheer and flowy fabrics, this Fashionista opts for a thicker denim top and leather pencil skirt (all thrifted, by the way!) While I mentioned sleeveless denim button-ups in a summer post, notice the difference in the thickness of the top. As for the skirt, any time I see leather I automatically think of fall. There is no better season for leather jackets, skirts, boots and all things leather. They are fashionable yet warm enough for the chilliness of this season.
To get this look, pair a thicker sleeveless top and knot the ends where the high-waist bottoms meet. To keep the look more feminine, go for a skirt. If you’d rather be more comfortable, try a pair of high-waist shorts (with tights for the colder days) or pants. While most would pair a back-to-school outfit with a backpack or some kind of book bag, this Fashionista draws attention to her multicolored gym bag which stands out from her neutral outfit. Since everyone is getting back into their workout routines, why not have some fun with a brighter and bolder bag?
This week's outfit reminds me of Bouchra Jarrar's fall 2012 couture line. Jarrar's line showcases many similar silhouettes, the most common being sleeveless tops paired with A-line skirts. Several leather pieces were also mixed into the line, making this collection the perfect combination of masculine and feminine elements. It is finally the start of another year so play around with your closet, put away some of those summer pieces, and embrace the new beginnings of fall.
All of us love having fresh cut flowers around us, but when you’re at college you don’t always have the opportunity to have them. What can you do about it? Wear them on your dress!
Floral print was one of the first patterns made cross-culturally, but it really “blossomed” after World War II. After the country was brought out of the Great Depression people wanted to use their disposable income, and one of the ways to use it was on clothing. The pattern of flowers on fabric diversified and was put on more items as citizen’s interest in having a personal clothing style.
This Fashionista found this gem of a dress at Bargain World. The large sunflowers are very bold and will remind you of summer all year long. What makes this print in particular so eye catching, is not only the size of the flowers, but their neutral background. With a bright background the dress may have been overwhelming but the black sets off the bright colors of the flowers so they can easily become focal points. The simple line of the dress also allows the pattern to speak for itself, rather than becoming overpowered by a detailed design.
If you don’t think you’re quite ready for something as bold as a sunflower try a smaller print and bolder colors. With the end of summer it’ll be easy to find a variety or darker, more neutral florals. Almost every brand has some variety of floral print, everywhere from Forever 21 to H&M to Dr. Martens. Get out there and get your floral on, find the right way to do it just for you!
It's that time of year again, ladies and gents. Every Staples store has lines out the door, the summer heat waves are behind us (one would hope) and school is getting started. As we get back into the swing of things an idea on everyone's mind (whether you admit it or not) is the first day of school look. Sure it's college so you may have spent the past two months on campus (like myself) or you might have been traveling the world and having wild adventures. Regardless, you're now back and need to be better than ever. The first day of school look needs to be sharp, sophisticated and most importantly fun!
This week's Fashionista displays the perfect medley of the above adjectives. The neon pink shorts lured me in to this look. What a fabulous way to show off a tan and have some fun. Her off-white blouse says sophisticated yet casual. They say cheetah is the new black, so a new staple like the skinny cheetah belt adds a pop and some structure. My favorite aspect of this look is the importance of accessories to top it off. Her gold necklace, bracelets and chunky watch go well with the leather sandals and beautiful leather tote.
To achieve a look as sharp as this Fashionista's, start with a popping pair of shorts like these J.Crew shorts in neon pink. Add your most comfortable blouse to the mix. Then slip on this leopard print belt. Layer on the gold bling and don't forget these brown strappy sandals and this leather carry-all from Marc Jacobs in cinnamon stick. Now it's off to class, looking stylish as ever!
Finally venturing into Manhattan, this week's STYLE ADVICE comes to you from the streets of the Lower East Side. What we see worn here is easily recognized as the basic summer uniform this year. Every girl should have some variation of this outfit in her closet right now, and if you don't, you're in luck, because this is probably one of the cheapest outfits to obtain.
Whether you're in a big city or a small town, your local thrift store should have a solid supply of high waisted denim jeans. Upon first glance, they may seem to only be worth their two dollar price tag, but take a pair of scissors to them and you'll have a custom pair of shorts. If you are still worried that they look a bit dated, take them further by adding studs or patches to them. If you're too busy or simply not feeling crafty, you can skip all of these steps and buy an already modified pair of shorts from places like Topshop.
Moving along, a crop tank top is just as easy to come by. Cut any old t-shirt in half to get the crop fit and then cut the sleeves off for breezy ventilation. Stop by American Apparel if stripes are what you're after in particular.
Hit up Forever21 for a pack of cheap crew socks and go thrifting for a pair of brogues in your size. This part-leather style of belt should be available at most thrift stores as well. Ray-Ban-style eyewear has been popular for several years now so finding a cheap alternative to these should be relatively easy. Complete your look with a relaxed demeanor and you are good to go enjoy the sunshine.
This Fashionista knows how to look cool as well as stay cool. Her floral high-waisted pants are the center of attention. She adds a simple black strapless top to not overdo the look. Her sandals and across the chest bag give this ensemble the completed look it needs to run to class in this awful heat.
Floral is a big pattern this season, it has been seen on the runway multiple times for spring 2012. Obviously the trend is carried on throughout summer and is easily accomplished with the students on this campus. I absolutely love the floral print this summer and you can wear it multiple ways whether you're a bold girl or you'd like a more simple look like this Fashionista. For a fierce look and eye-catching attention, do an all over floral pattern as seen on the runways. Many long dresses can be found with the floral print from head to toe. Also, try your nearby vintage stores for the look. You might find fun sixties floral prints, since this trend is being brought back! If you are looking for a more simple look try just the printed skirt or flowered high heel. Looking for more edge? Dr. Martens have a floral print pair that are amazing! Don't worry, these will catch attention, but they'll be looking at your feet! Lastly, I love the simplicity of this FSU student's top. With bold patterns you can never go wrong adding a black tank, camisole or tube top. Your not asking for too much attention or overdoing the trendy look.
It looks like I am not the only Fashionista absolutely obsessed with the convertible trend this season. I have been seeing a lot of this trend in D.C. lately but only in our city’s favorite colors: black, navy and shades of gray. This is the first colored convertible blazer I have seen yet and it was certainly love at first sight.
I spotted this CollegeFashionista coming across the skywalk to school and I instantly fell head over heels with this beautiful yellow tweed jacket. She let this jacket shine with simple pair of shiny black pants, a white graphic tee and light silver jewelry. She then chose to accessorize with cool combat boots and a cozy black scarf. Obviously the staple of this look is her jacket, which gives you the option of wearing a high-low, cropped or angled look. But this Fashionista did a great job at letting this look speak for itself. The graphic tee under the jacket keeps the look relaxed for school and the black bottoms are understated with a little twist. They don’t distract from the top but add a little fun to the look. Finishing off the look with her combat boots was a great idea for a regular day at school. It keeps the look casual and comfy for walking around campus.
So remember, keep an eye out for convertible pieces that you can wear high or low. They are versatile and super on trend. Plus, the brighter the better!
P.S., elevate this look with a mini skirt in a complementary bold color, a tucked-in simple silk top and sky-high heels for a night out!
The week’s Fashionista looks both chic and perfect for a beautiful spring day in Clemson, South Carolina. As I have noted in previous posts, I was drawn to her ability to pair staple pieces together to form a classic, simple and fashionable ensemble.
First, I would like to point out this Fashionista’s jean skirt. There are so many different styles to choose from when deciding which type of jean skirt to add to your closet. There is the extremely weathered, the holey mini-skirt that barely covers your cheeks; the high-waisted, nearly black skirt that runs down to your ankles; then there is everything in-between. This Fahsionista’s jean skirt falls somewhere perfectly in between: it is the ideal length, wash and has a unique button detail to add some flare. Her skirt, however, is not the only noteworthy part of her outfit.
Choosing the right jewelry to portray your desired look is always a challenge (at least it always has been for me). When do you add bold and color poppy jewelry, a simple chain and pendant or something in between? Once again, this Fashionista’s necklace is a good in between. It is simple in its gold color and matte finish but its draping of multiple chains adds some pizzazz. Furthermore, the gold of the necklace ties into the gold buttons on the jean skirt. But, there are still two more staples that complete the look…
This Fashionista’s choice of a simple ribbed purple tank top and brown Cole Haan flips flops with gold detailing pulls everything together in a sensible and complete way. The ribbing of the tank top gives the outfit a certain casual vibe that a smooth cotton tank would not, while the choice of purple is a great color to make the gold details of the outfit pop and stay with the darker hue of the skirt. The flips flops then ground everything with a final gold detail and simplicity.
Do you agree that this Fashionista really hit the nail on the head with this outfit? She truly shows us the power of staples. The combination of basic pieces gives off simple and classic vibes that any of us would like to emanate. To put this look together for yourself, try this jean skirt, this ribbed tank (choose your color depending on what mood and look you want to portray), this necklace from Banana Republic and these Cole Haan flip flops. With this look, you can’t go wrong!
My last two posts have been about chambray and bright colored jeans, so it seems fitting that this week's Fashionista is indeed wearing both. Another of this season's trends that she is bringing into the mix is bright colored shoes. She is wearing a chambray shirt from Forever 21, neon yellow jeans from J Brand, shoes from Steve Madden and her bag is Foley and Corrina. I love how she uses the chambray to tone down the bright colors on her bottom half instead of a more common choice of black or white. The leopard print belt is also a great example of mixing in patterns to break things up.
I love this trend, because it's the perfect excuse to go buy more shoes and they will brighten up my very neutral closet. If you really want to stand out and be on trend, go for neon and nudes, like this pair of pumps by Enzo Angiolini. As far as I'm concerned there is no way you can go wrong there. Another one of my favorite bright colored pumps this season is a pair of turquoise pumps with an ankle strap by Sam Edelman which would look amazing with white jeans, or color blocked with a pair of pink or purple jeans. If you want to wear the bright shoes trend without towering to new heights, I love this pair of neon flat sandals by Aqua.
Once reserved for only wedding dresses, formal wear and who can forget Madonna's infamous gloves; lace is popping up again in the world of fashion. Also, if you can think back to a little event called the Royal Wedding, you might remember the beautifully constructed lace bodice that Kate wore to exchange her vows. Taking note, numerous designers showcased everything from dresses to pumps on the New York and Paris runways. Whether you decide to continue the formal theme, keep it casual or flaunt some skin, you are sure to turn some heads with your pretty patterned pieces.
As shown on this Fashionista, her flowy, zipper detailed tank, peeks perfectly under her structured jacket which a sleek spring look. However, it’s not one of the best things about this trend is that it can be found in many forms this spring and summer. Either take cue from this week's Fashionista or just from lace dresses in general, which are all the rage at the moment. Everyday items such as blouses and skirts have also had a sprinkling of lace. You will also notice that handbags as well as women’s lace shoes will be a big hit this spring/summer.
In Colorado, we couldn’t have asked for a better Spring Break. With the weather in the high 60s and low 70s, Fashionista’s were breaking out their spring pieces. This Fashionista chose a light combination with chic accessories to complete the ensemble.
Sheer is everywhere this season, found in a variety of different colors and lengths. From the runway to the red carpet, it is easy to draw inspiration. This Fashionista chose a high-waisted, over the knee skirt in a beautiful shade of maroon. Although this length is a popular trend, others include long or asymmetrical, which pairs well with heels or flats. Bold oranges and pinks, or pastel greens and purples are fashion forward shades for these skirts this spring.
After seeing how this Fashionista rocks her basic white T-shirt, I was determined to find one of my own. It had to be loose, waist length and have the right cotton feel. This may seem easy, but I’ve gone through many T-shirts that were only satisfactory, until I went to The Gap. The Gap now has a new line called Pure Body that includes sophisticated basics that go with everything. Needless to say, I was beyond satisfied. This Fashionista displays that a basic T-shirt is a classic piece that can be paired with a skirt or jeans for a more casual look. With longer shirts, especially one that is looser, my favorite thing to do is knot it on the side for a fresh look. Check out how this Fashionista from the University of Wisconsin knots her skirt for inspiration.
I also love this Fashionista’s accessories. Her gold necklace complements the maroon hue and adds a finishing touch to her ensemble. A watch is the perfect wrist accessory for college students, and with numerous style options it has become a necessity to many. Lastly, a popular trend in the '50s, the peep toe has made a comeback. Found in flats, heels and wedges, this Fashionista chose a stylish pair of peep toe flats. A great alternative to flip flops, peep toe shoes range from solid colored to the latest patterns and allow you to show off your favorite pedicure color. This spring seems to be all about fun, so experiment with new colors, refined accessories and modern twists to classic pieces.
Finally! Here’s a Fashionisto who can set the stage for men in chilly Central Florida. It’s been quite cold this past week, and I can’t help but notice that several Fashionistos have broken out their winter attire. The piece I want to focus on is the denim button-up. Usually women wear this piece (sometimes oversized as a dress), but in this case it was perfect on this week's Fashionisto. When I saw the shirt, I thought I was dreaming.
Not only was his personality perfect, but the outfit also spoke for itself. The denim button-up has been very popular, mostly on women, but now we see a Fashionisto rock it and make it look fabulous. The denim look is coming back in full force, and the fact that winter temperatures are finally headed to Central Florida makes this shirt the perfect piece. Girls, take notes too — steal your boyfriends’ denim button-ups and wear them the way you like. I promise you will get tons of compliments!
He paired this denim go-to piece with corduroy khaki pants. The corduroy pants could not be more popular this season. From colors to different cuts, everyone will be seen in these at some point. Lastly, let's talk about his brown suede chukka boots. These boots are amazing. They transformed this entire outfit from laid back to suave. Seen in leather, suede and even different colors, these boots are sure to have a girl swooning over the man who wears them!
Although his personality spoke for itself, this outfit exhibited his fun and vibrant persona. All I can say is, men, take this advice! You can wear this exact outfit, but I want you to know that confidence is most important. Feel good and you will look good.
Amongst the array of busy students, it’s this Fashionista that would catch your hard-to-get attention. With her womanly stance, attitude, and classy style it’s inevitable to not give her a head-to-toe look just to see her whole ensemble out.
A kaftan can be worn in different ways; wear it as a dress with a skinny brown belt to accentuate your waist, as a cover-up for the beach, or tucked in jeans like our fashionista today. She wore a purple kaftan and paired it with a goldern peacock necklace and a black faux leather sling bag giving her a dash of boho. Although everything becomes classy once you see her gold ballet flats. Though the weather is becoming a lot cooler during the ber months you can still feel like you’re in a beach holiday by wearing the exotic kaftan with flat sandals and gold bangles. You may not only look effortlessly chic but also fresh and fabulous.
Now we have added another option on the different ways of wearing a kaftan. If you decide to wear it as a top on a sunny day you may opt to wear shorts instead of jeans. Take the “tucking-in” to a whole new level with this fringed sleeveless dress. Dress it up by tucking it in with these studded hotpants, chandelier earrings and high heels. Dress it down by pairing it with this vintage wash high waisted tab side hot pants and flats. Go and tuck like you’ve never tucked before!
Whether you are heading to your summer internship or fresh out of college on your way to your first job, in the working world it is extremely important to look put together. The best mindset to have when it comes to getting dressed for work is to dress for the job you want, not for the job you have got. Impress people with your professional appearance. By doing this, you give off a vibe that you are important and want to be successful, and in turn people will treat you in that manner. Coming into a workplace looking sloppy makes it seem like you do not care about the job, and you will not be treated with as much respect. Although it may be boring wearing the same old shirt, tie and pants every day, there are a number of different ways to let your personality shine through. One way is to use color in your wardrobe. Dolce&Gabbana use color throughout the spring 2012 menswear line. The designers incorporate it through dark-colored dress pants, a great way to bring some life to your wardrobe using subtle coloring. They also demonstrate this trend through the use of skinny ties in fun colors. Another way is to wear fun patterns. I love their cool jackets and pants in unexpected patterns. Paired with solid-colored dress pants (for jackets) and shirts (for pants), this is a great way to add contrast to your wardrobe and display your fashion sense.
Another inspirational line is Marc Jacobs spring 2012 menswear line. He mixes it up with some bright pants (an orange-y coral!) paired with comfy, neutral sweaters and loafers. The line also displays outfits of all neutral colors, which give you a blank slate to add in a colorful, patterned tie! This Fashionisto is setting an excellent example of how a tie can be used to add some color and pattern to the boring old shirt and tie combination. His Brooks Brothers button-down dress shirt is pink! A guy who can wear pink shows off his confidence, and this color is the perfect palette to work in tons of different colored and patterned ties. This Fashionisto pairs his shirt with a black and gray patterned tie by Donald Trump from Macy’s. His gray J.Crew pants bring out the gray in his tie and pull the whole outfit together, and he finishes off his outfit with black dress shoes from Macy's. For some great ties in sophisticated patterns and colors, check out Brooks Brothers' awesome collection. They have everything from bright solid colors to embroidered motifs of lions and paisley patterns. Banana Republic’s men’s collection also has some fun, professional ties. If you want to make your tie the center of attention, make sure to keep the rest of the outfit simple, otherwise you will have too much going on. Just remember, the key to success is to dress for success!
Today's Fashionista exhibits a style all her own in three easy steps. From her off-season sweater to her royal blue A-line skirt to her shoes that lack any detail whatsoever, this Fashionista manages to put together a great look from a variety of different pieces. What I love about this outfit is that it's not something I've seen before yet I can relate it to other trends I have seen both on and off the runway.
My advice this week inspired by today's Fashionista: Try blending different textures and colors to add some flavor into your ensemble. Some of my favorite looks are created by adding a funky piece, such as this Fashionista’s chunky sweater, to a simpler piece in a primary color. Red, yellow and blue can all be paired with almost anything as seen in the latest Michael Kors collection. Feeling a mod vibe? Combine all three primary colors in some basic pieces, then top if off with some '60s-inspired sunglasses to create a funky look.
This Fashionista's shoes were the perfect addition to complete her look. Like a pair of classic black Tory Burch flats, her Charles Philip Shanghai slippers are timeless yet less iconic and a bit more unique than the popular leather ballet flat. (I'm feeling a fad coming on!)
And remember, in the Midwest, cable knit sweaters aren’t just for the wintertime! Embrace this inconsistent weather we've had the past few weeks by showing off your versatility in fashion. You can even try to add some spark with knee-high socks or a combat boot.
March is here and hopefully spring will be marching in here soon. Virginia has a mild climate that can often lead into a roller coaster of warm and chilly; however, all of us students are ready to make a full transition into the warm. Until then we are all in our “transitional” clothing. Sometimes our outfits maybe a little awkward because Mother Nature can’t make up her mind what season she wants to be in. Yet, this Fashionista soars through the transitional phase. She understands that Mother Nature might be a little indecisive right now pulling together some spring and winter pieces into her outfit.
I spotted this Fashionista making my run to the mailroom, literally running because I was trying to escape the cold. I was pleasantly warmed seeing this Fashionista in a great outfit, which told me spring was coming soon. Her dress helps to exclaim just that. Its simple color of black and white is not inferior to the coming of a new season; nevertheless, its floral pattern reaches out to spring.
Reaching into fashion the vault of fashion basics we can all be confronted with the separate entities of black, white and floral. Now this may be my own vault of fashion basics, but I consider them staples in every wardrobe. Black and white are clear neutrals found in every season, in various amounts, but help transcend clothing into its respective season. So what can we find in winter? Dark colors, winter white, perhaps? What about spring? That’s where this week’s Fashionista takes us.
It is key to mix winter colors and spring patterns in order to stay fashionably in line with the changing weather. You can choose some basic winter colors like the blacks and whites in her dress with a floral touch that will ensure you aren’t still stuck in the cold. Try this pairing; a dress from Urban Outfitters with a warm, chunky cardigan from J.Crew equals a springy dress with a wintery sweater. Perfect combination for this wacky weather until true spring hits!
The moment that I have been waiting for is right around the corner. It is finally time to hang up the oversized coats until next year and wave goodbye to the harsh winter quarter. Bring on spring! Seattle University students have had their noses buried into the books preparing for finals, but remaining focused can be a difficult challenge when spring break is upon us. Whether you are traveling during your week-long vacation or staying in place, the break is the perfect remedy for pulling any student out of their winter slump. Spring in Seattle is absolutely lovely. Not only are the locals in better spirits, but Fashionista/os can be spotted strutting all over Capitol Hill like it is their own personal runway.
Even though we are just a few weeks shy of vacation, this week’s featured Fashionista couldn’t wait to show off her spring break favorites. Her Aritzia romper and Rag & Bone blazer make for a killer combination. I think this Fashionista is ready to debut her laid back look in Las Vegas this spring break! My favorite piece from this outfit is the slinky black and gray blazer that gives the outfit a completely different look when belted. This spring season is truly the season of draping. Typically, we find it in flirty dresses or tops, but these days it is found in outerwear. Jackets and blazers with draping can instantly give you two looks that widely differ from each other, as exemplified in this week’s Fashionista when she styled her blazer with and without a belt.
For a look similar to today's Fashionista check out AllSaints’ Yoval Jacket. This spring, let your body breathe with loose-fitting jackets instead of tightly structured pieces. My favorites include Anthropologie’s Montesinho Jacket and Urban Outfitters’ Rodebjer Bea Crepe Jacket.
This week's theme on CollegeFashionista is ‘couples.' When I caught sight of this trendy pair just outside uni, I knew they were destined for my column this week with their cutely co-ordinated navy and camel outfits.
The Fashionisto has matched his camel jeans with a cool cartoon tee and a navy Barbour-style jacket. He added to these pieces a pair of eye catching fluro colour-pop trainers. The Fashionista wears a cream beanie hat, a navy mac and chic brown brogues. Whether this was a cleverly coordinated plan or simple a coincidence, this trendsetter duo
The item I am going to focus on today is the Fashionisto’s fish -print T-shirt. Cartoon print T-shirts are making a huge hit at the moment with a much needed re-invention from Henry Holland’s slogan T-shirts that were a must have a couple of years ago.
Used by designers and the high street alike, a printed tee is a casual bit of fashion that can transform an outfit from boring and bland to funky and fresh. Whether it is fish that are your favourite, like this Fashionisto, or something entirely different; a cartoon T-shirt is the way to make a statement leading up to summer.
ASOS have a wide variety of cartoon printed tees with this zebra jockey one by Paul Smith Jeans being one of my favourites or this carton dog one. It is important that the T-shirt is the main centre of attention of your outfit and remember to have fun with it! The more off beat the cartoon, the more interesting it is to look at!
It’s one thing walking to class in 30 degree weather, but 30 degree weather paired with rain and 20 mph winds is a completely different (and miserable) story. So, it makes sense when campus fashion goes downhill with the weather. I’m guilty of it myself; puddles and wind chills don’t exactly make me want to slip on my suede boots and hit the town. That’s why I loved the comfy, snow-bunny look of this Fashionista. One of my favorite style elements this winter is fur—fur vests, ear muffs, hats and jackets, however; there’s nothing worse than wet fur. This Fashionista successfully incorporated fur into her ensemble minus the risk of looking and smelling like a wet dog. I also thought the embellishments on her long-sleeve top were a great addition to a somewhat simple concept.
Hint: Fur is extremely popular this year and can be found at a variety of retailers at all price levels. Kohl’s has a belted faux fur vest for only $60, and check out Topshop for adorable oversized earmuffs. Embellishments on bags, shoes, or tops are a fun way to take an outfit to the next level; just don’t embellish every items of clothing at the same time, you don’t want to look bejeweled. And of course, there’s no better way to warm up than with a hot, holiday beverage.
This Fashionisto's cool indifference instantly caught my eye when I came across him this past week. Between his shades, casual tee and great jeans, I knew he was a man of style.
To get his look, try this great casual tee from Yesstyle and some dark distressed jeans. Before long you'll be looking cool and collected just like this Fashionisto.
Hint: Accessories always seem to stump even the most fashion forward guys, but they can be a vital asset in completing your look. Try a bold ring like this Fashionisto did, or settle for something a little less risky and try this fun Wayfarer necklace to tie your look together.
Perhaps some of the most rewarding events of the summer are the music festivals that occur all over the world bringing headlining artists together to entertain thousands of people at a time. Coachella kicked off this season as one of the biggest festivals in the world and served as inspiration to guide this year’s festival-goers. Along with these jam-packed festivals comes the daunting question of what to wear? Well I suggest following this Fashionista’s style in order to stay breezy and comfortable while jamming out to your favorite bands in the heat. It’s important to dress accordingly based on the type of music festival you’re attending as well as its venue. This Fashionista obviously paid attention and followed the trend by throwing on one of this summer’s biggest hits, a denim romper. This is the perfect go to outfit for a music festival because the lightweight denim will keep you cool while standing in the hot crowd. Regardless of the music festival you are attending whether it’s Bonaroo, All Good, Ozzfest, or the Beatles-inspired Abbey Road on the River, it’s almost a guarantee you’re going to be hot. That’s why it’s important to wear loose clothes like this romper which allow your skin to breathe so you don’t feel suffocated. Another important tip for festival-wear is the flatter the better when it comes to shoes! No matter how strong your love for heels is, it will never be worth standing in the grass for hours on end in a pair of three inch stilettos. I love the gladiator style of this Fashionista’s sandals which add style without sacrificing comfort. The cross-body bag is the ideal way to carry around festival essentials such as sun block, money, and whatever else you need which will stay securely close to your body regardless of whatever wild dance moves you choose to engage in. So my advice to any Fashionistas out there is to stay cool with casual, easy outfits so you can enjoy rocking out to your favorite artists this summer!
Now that summer is officially upon us, it's inevitable that you will attend a concert or festival over the course of the next two months. Whether it be Lollapalooza or a Mumford & Sons show (my current musical obsession), a stylish outfit is obviously necessary for these occasions. It is important to dress for the venue in mind as it is most likely you will find yourself elbow-to-elbow with thousands of screaming fans. Therefore, make sure you wear something breathable and fashionable in a single look.
My pick for concert attire for Fashionistas: overalls. Ralph Lauren showed off denim overalls in his SS10 runway collection. Zara, H&M and Forever 21 immediately stocked a similar version of the old school overall. While for some of you, it might bring back nostalgic memories of childhood that you don't want to remember, I think when worn the right way this look is actually fashion forward.
Today's Fashionista owns her style donning a loose fitted pair of overalls. She steered away from the traditional denim fabric overalls and opted for a khaki pair to show off her summer tan. The added attention of cuffing the bottom of her pants complemented with her care-free attitude she looks ready to rock. This trend is surely just a fad, so have fun and don't go spending all your hard earned summer money on a pair.