With the first day of fall finally here, it is clear that fashion is in full effect. According to Anna Wintour, the fashion industry’s ultimate style Guru, September is the month that every woman and fashion model awaits to unveil the new and improved looks of the season and year. For a Fashionista still in college, the fall semester is when she incorporates new trends into her wardrobe that have never been seen before.
This point was proven one early morning, when I came across this Fashionista on her way to work. Dressed for the unpredictable weather Virginia is known to have, I loved her rule-breaking attitude (wearing white after labor day). However, what I noticed the most were her very edgy cheetah print loafers purchased at Target for $19.99. A modern day approach to the oh-so classic ballet slipper, this Fashionista has taken on prints in a whole new way. When I began to ask her about her thoughts on fashion she stated,“I love it, I express myself through fashion! It’s like the animal instinct in me. I just know what to pick out of my closet to wear and I make it work.” To play up her loafers, she pairs a slightly sheer, rusted tone collar button-down shirt from Conway at the price of $9.99 and a pair of white denim super skinny jeans from Forever 21 for $24.80. As an added piece for the weather, she threw on a lightweight chambray jacket from Target for $19.99, which she bleached herself to stand out amongst the crowd. With this Fashionista’s “animal instinct” for fashion and her DIY approach to creating a great outfit, it is apparent that she will be setting trends for Old Dominion students along side the other Fashionistas that walk the university's campus.
When I was younger I always thought animal prints were tacky and they reminded me of middle aged cougars on the prowl. It wasn’t until recently that I had a change of heart and realized that wearing a bit of animal print can actually be modern and slick. As demonstrated by today’s Fashionista, a little print can turn a plain basic outfit into an edgy and stylish ensemble.
A little animal print can go a long way to create a memorable fashion look. Today’s Fashionista chose a leopard cardigan for her statement piece. The rest of her outfit is simple and basic, starting off with the classic jeans and white T-shirt combo. She tones down the leopard by adding a denim vest on top. This way, the leopard is still visible and provides a striking accent, but it doesn’t overwhelm her entire look. The neutral boots are perfect for rainy summer weather and they also don’t compete with the dramatic print. For the final touch on an already amazing look, she adds a body chain by local designer Briwok. This accessory adds some attitude in a sleek and minimal way.
To get this Fashionista’s look, a simple top with a touch of leopard is the way to go. With this edgy top, a leopard collar modernizes a classic white button up. It can be paired with anything from your everyday jeans to a pleated black skirt. Another easy way to add animal print to your look is through accessories. A skinny leopard belt can be worn with red or black jeans, with a white t-shirt tucked in. It would look create cinching a flowy white dress too.
Embrace the drama of leopard print to create a modern and head-turning style statement. They used to be reserved for cougars, but animal prints are now suitable for every Fashionista out there!
As those of you who have read my columns this year have probably discerned, I am a fan of a well-placed print. Sometimes one is not even enough, what will all the flowers, dots, graphics and stripes to choose from. But while my love of prints has extended from headbands to sweaters and necklaces to socks, there has long been one area of my wardrobe that has remained fully print-less: pants.
There’s no good reason for me to stay away from printed pants, however, especially not with the epidemic of adorable and chic printed jeans that is currently sweeping the fashion industry. Take this Fashionista’s subtle leopard print pants, in varied shades of gray, which blend so that they almost read as a neutral. Though leopard jeans might seem daunting, the neutral color scheme on this pair makes them infinitely wearable when paired with anything from a silk blouse, as this Fashionista chose, to a striped tee. If you’re interested in easing your way into printed pants with a similarly subtle pattern, try these gray and white lace-printed jeans from Free People.
Feeling a little bold? Printed pants are the perfect way to make a statement. Red and black leopard jeans allow you to channel your inner punk and pretend that you are Courtney Love. White floral jeans look like the coolest tea party you could ever imagine when paired with a grey silk blouse or an oversized shirt. Jeans can even get geometric with an ikat print that would look classic and tailored with a chambray button-down. With print options this varied, there’s no reason that my obsession for pattern should be contained to the top-half of my body any longer. Now the only problem remains — which print to choose first?
With finals the first thing on every Fashionista's mind this week, trips to the library or a quiet cafe dictate the sartorial scene here at Yale. The unforgivably cold New England air forces students to break out their warmest gear from big down jackets to cozy old scarves. Today's Fashionista keeps the freezing fashionable with her basic animal instincts–a zebra striped scarf and soft fur-lined hood. Her black down jacket is both warm and wearable, cinching subtly at her waist with a wide variation of buttons, pockets, and buckles. Her fur-lined hood adds the right amount of style (and not to mention warmth!) to keep her look fashion forward. Her zebra print scarf adds a young, eclectic vibe and her fringe tie-up shoes keep comfortable looking cute. She strays away from unnecessary colors, maintaining freshness in her look through cool-colored variation and a simple palette.
Hint: Add even an extra layer to this look with a quirky pair of gloves, like this star-studded pair from Topshop.