STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Back to the Basics

The secret to smart, sophisticated style is no secret to this week’s Fashionisto. Instead of buying and tossing the season’s trendiest items at the turn of each new term, it’s much wiser to invest in classic, high-quality pieces that truly endure the test of time. There is nothing quite as charming as a well-tailored outfit complimented with minimal, rich leather accessories. What I love so much about this Fashionisto’s look is that if his picture was captured in black and white, it would be difficult to tell what decade it was taken. Although it’s true that even the classics evolve over time, a fitted blue blazer, leather band watch, and cap toe oxfords are three incredibly versatile must-have staples that have been “in style” for nearly an entire century.

This Fashionisto’s approach to fashion is one that gains him respect among peers, co-workers, ladies and style critics alike. This is because his look focuses on such timeless, classic rules of men’s fashion that have otherwise been forgotten on the average college campus. Today, the typical college guy considers blue-hen sweatpants and a matching tee to be acceptable ready-to-wear fashion. Men, for the most part, have forgotten how to dress appropriately on a day-to-day basis. It’s really important for guys to develop a fashion sense that effortlessly displays their realm of confidence and masculinity, without being too “over the top” (That’s right—you don’t need to rent a tuxedo.) It’s all about looking and feeling like as much of a powerhouse as you really are, no matter how simple of a foundation it is built from.

To start, choose a neat, snug-fitting blazer that is traditional in both style and color. Stick to straight, basic lines that don’t fall under a certain trend in order to keep your outfits from being dated. Stock up on oxford shirts and straight leg pants. Keep accessories to a minimum to even further emphasize the timelessness of your look. Stick to a refined, brown, leather belt and shoe combination that leaves a sophisticated, lasting impression. Even if these pieces end up being on the pricier side, remember that you’re making an investment on your life and your future. You’ll be able to wear these items year after year, and you will undoubtedly appear more distinguished and taken more seriously when interacting with others.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Back To The Basics

Lately, a lot of trends have put a twist on a button-up shirt by making it sheer, oversized or tying it up. But let’s not forget about the top that started it all: the original button-up. It can make your outfit look clean and crisp whether you are going for a casual look or an even a more formal one.

I found this Fashionista as she was leaving class after presenting a speech for her class. She’s wearing a Ralph Lauren button-up with the sleeves rolled up and an orange skirt. What first caught my eye was the color of her skirt. The contrast between the bright orange and the white really grabbed my attention. She finished the outfit off with cowboy boots and bangles.

There are many different ways to wear a collared button-up. A great way to wear this trend casually is with skinny jeans and a cardigan. You can either keep the cardigan buttoned or unbuttoned and then cinch in the waist with a skinny belt. Throw on a pair of flats and accessorize with pearl earrings and a dainty chain necklace for a cute, preppy look. Another great outfit for class is jeans or leggings with a button-up and riding boots. It’s very simple but is still put-together and stylish. To dress up your button-up, tuck it into a pair of cropped pants and add a stylish blazer for a great look for an interview. When finding the perfect button-up for you, don’t be afraid to try bold colors and different patterns! For more tips on how to wear a collared shirt, check out this Style Guru’s post from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Back to the Basics

Sometimes, less is more. If you want to stand out in a crowd, you don’t always need to wear a flashy outfit to grab others’ attention. Mixing basic clothing items together can create the perfect outfit that’s both comfortable and fashion forward. I spotted this Fashionisto walking to class in a simple and well-fitted look. His look caught my eye because it was neat, went together nicely and described him well: a simple, fashionable guy.

This Fashionisto created his look by putting together the most basic wardrobe essentials, jeans, a T-shirt, a jacket and sneakers. His varsity jacket is what stood out to me the most. It was basic yet different because of the all black style. Usually, I see people wearing varsity jackets with flashy colors, but this all black style gave him a classic look that was well put together. He matched his jacket perfectly with black leather Vans sneakers. This Fashionisto knows that black goes with everything yet he buys basic wardrobe essentials that are unique by choosing black leather. He is a true Fashionisto!

Achieving this look is easy and encourages you to complete your basic essential wardrobe. The part that will take some effort is finding basic items that have a twist, like this Fashionisto did. For instance, instead of just choosing a plain color, choose items with a different texture or fabric. Remember, it’s always wise to purchase items that go with multiple outfits so you get the most out of your money.

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StYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Back to the Basics

Finally, a moment of sunbeams to radiate fashionable bliss! Fashionistas flounced on campus grounds sporting attention-grabbing seductive sunglasses and alluring trendy handbags to compliment the sophistication of fine solid print. Similar to glamorous socialite, Kim Kardashian, and tony English model, Kate Moss, the slyness of solid print enables a subtle but yet enticing look.

Solid print is definitely a seasonal must because of its fashion multiplicity! For instance, add this chic stretch white shorts by LOVE CULTURE with this fabulous Linen-Blend Slub Tank or with this stylish Asymmetrically Draped Top, both by LOVE 21. Paired with these hip Eleventh hour wedges by Not Rated, you have instantly crafted two modishly stunning looks with the courtesy of your solid print! Mixing and matching in wily voguish fun will create inevitable pleasant glares!

I spotted this witty Fashionista as she walked out her lecture hall building. This Fashionista models a with-in black solid knit top by Roxy. Dressed in a tasteful purple jacket by Steve Madden, the Fashionista’s denim shorts, by Levi, helps seals the deal with cultivated GEMMA WP combat boots by Wild PAIR. My favorite part of this Fashionista’s outfit is the combination of the sheer tights, from Urban Outfitters, and the polished denim shorts. The denim shorts is not only fitting for the tender weather but coined with the tights, this edgy appeal compliments the Betsey Johnson animal print handbag. Overall, this Fashionista’s attire is simply a breath of fresh air!

Exquisite solid print allows for an indiscriminate get-up; all accessories are equally appealing when worn alone but when worn together, a melodious attire is whittled!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Back to the Basics

Oh, dating. The butterflies, sweaty palms, pounding heart – there's no feeling quite like when you first get to know someone. So, while conversation will most likely start with the basics, my style advice is for your outfit to do the same.

We've all been there, staring into the abyss of clothing hanging in our closets, hoping that, somehow, the perfect event-appropriate ensemble will magically arrange itself. Although it's easy to get carried away thinking about the variety of combinations that could successfully carry you into a great evening with that special someone, sometimes, as the saying goes, "less is more", and that is exactly what we have going on with this Fashionisto.

This look is classic, and a great option for any slightly dressy occasion. There are a few different elements going on here that I'd like to talk about. First of all, I think it's essential for every guy to own a pair of khaki pants. Be it chinos, cords, or just a nice slack, khakis create a platform for many different occasions. Black, as I've mentioned before, is a sharp neutral color and, in my opinion, one of the classiest looking colors on a man. A polo, button up, sweater or simple T-shirt would all work in this situation. One of my favorite elements of this outfit is the shoes. Loafers, again, are a fabulous go-to, and I especially love the gold accent on these pictured here.

Hint: To dress down this look, try a dark-wash jean instead with a tee instead of a polo or button-up. Banana Republic and J. Crew are known for basics, so look there for timeless, well-made pieces that will last.
 

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