STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: American Spirit

America; The land of life, liberty and the pursuit of amazing style. With holidays like Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July looming throughout the summer months, we get to truly appreciate our country and make our best attempt at capturing the American spirit. The classic American look that is effortless, put together and preppy all at once is essential for sunny days out and about or poolside, especially in the city that is the heart of America. But then there is the urge to get creative, to sport the patriotic red, white and blue loud and proud in celebration of America’s finest anniversaries. It seems to be such an unlikely combination of funky and clean-cut. How is it possible to pull this kind of look off, and to do it well? Just ask this week’s Fashionista about her all-American look!

To begin, her shirt is amazing. A preppy button-down gone wild with patriotic print, like this sheer, printed American flag shirt, is a Fashionista’s dream come true. Check out this top to liven up your 4th of July festivities. And as hard as it is to stop marveling at the top, also note the Fashionista’s classic white shorts. They are a summer staple and also work great with the red, white and blue color scheme. Most important though, is the use of accessories to create this look. Note the light gold Jack Roger sandals, which match her shimmery leather tote. The color of the purse and shoes is so fresh and exciting. The gold adds some subtle flavor to the look without being too overbearing or deflecting attention from the statement top. The ideal way to complete the look is to find accessories that have a little spark! In this case, the light colored leather plus the shimmery texture make the shoes and purse the perfect finishing touches.

This Fashionista is set to take a stroll down embassy row or hit the Volta pool on the 4th of July. She is proof that holiday festive can also be street-style savvy. So remember, when scouting out your summer holiday look, it's always possible to have fun and still be taken seriously; but, that’s not to say America’s 236th birthday doesn’t call for glitter, crazy bling and maybe even a top hat!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: American Spirit

From clothing psychology to his sewing class, this Fashionisto had a busy day ahead of him. On days like this, he prefers a contemporary look that is multifunctional, layered and allows him to travel light. These features are essential to college students who are always on the go and it allows them to keep things simple yet fashionable.

Jeans have been around since 1853 when German-American Levi Strauss came to the United States. This staple item has evolved over time and takes many different forms. This Fashionisto chose to wear his jeans distressed, a more modern twist on this classic piece. Distressed jeans can be purchased in the store or worn down over time. Either way gives the ensemble a different look than an original pair of blue jeans would.

The unique design of this Fashionisto’s leather jacket is different than one you would have found in the '50s, which was cut shorter and made for the “biker” guy. This jacket is longer, has an array of pockets and serves the purpose of fashion over function. However, it is easy to layer, especially on a cold day.

This Fashionisto’s electric blue messenger bag brightens up the darker side of the ensemble. This bright color juxtaposes the edge that the distressed jeans and leather convey. Not only does the bag have a good hue, but it is a perfect way to travel from class to class. His Warby Parker glasses also add a studious side to the overall appeal. Warby Paker eye accessories have a “rebellious spirit” that this Fashionisto emulates through dress. I love his personal spin on classic pieces. There is no better way to express oneself then by taking trends and staple items and making them your own.

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