Staying cozy and fashionable at the same time can often be a challenge. The temptation to throw on a baggy sweatshirt with sweat pants and UGGs can often be irresistible. For college students torn between the hustle and bustle of class and late nights at the library it can be difficult to keep up with the latest fashions. But sweater weather can be chic and exciting! Layering is an important part of styling, especially in the fall. It can show you a few tricks for keeping your fall looks fashion forward, while creating styles you may have never even imagined.

This Fashionista spruced up a casual red blouse with a cozy green sweater, leggings and tall boots, with even taller socks, for a more diverse style. Taking something casual a few steps further is just one of the many ways you can use layering to your advantage. She followed the rules perfectly by complementing an oversized top with something fitting on the bottom for proper balance.

Layering is easy and fun once you get the hang of it, and it’s used much more often than we realize. For example, just because the sunny days of summer are behind us doesn’t mean you have to put your favorite pair of shorts in storage. On warmer days you can pair them with a tank and blazer, or add tights and boots for the chilly winds of winter. Layering is a tried and true way to stay fashionable and warm without looking messy or bulky.

Play around with your wardrobe this fall. Take a look at your favorite pieces from a different angle and you might be surprised at what you can put together while still being comfy for that early morning Monday class.

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I can pinpoint exactly when I fell in love with patterned tights. It was Henry Holland's House of Holland fall 2009 collection where he sent a rainbow of striped colored garments down the runway. He made stripes look heavenly and, even more so, he made wearing striped tights not just a fashion statement for Pippi Longstocking.

An immediate chain reaction occurred where retailers started imitating their own version of Holland's genius tights so everyone could obtain that couture look. Holland even created a reasonably priced pair for Pretty Polly that obviously blew out in seconds. 

Today's Fashionista though stayed true to Holland's design with an almost identical pair of tights from his 2009 collection. Not giving in to the safer trend of patterned tights, she remained loyal to what I believe to be the start of wild designed hosiery.

Whether you are still fascinated by striped tights, like myself, or if you have moved on to the latest and greatest version of crazy hosiery; I think we can all agree that today's Fashionista rocked it with her Holland-inspired getup.

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