STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Celebrating Independence Early

Plaid flannel isn’t just for hipsters anymore. This week’s Fashionista utilizes a plaid button-up to create a preppy look. The mixture of colors and nude accessories is a great combination that displays the same spirit as the Fourth of July.

Popular in the '90s, plaid flannel has been a trend that has stuck around for the past few seasons. A few windy days have blown through the Front Range recently and this Fashionista chose to keep warm with this piece. With the unpredictable Colorado weather, a flannel is a fashion must-have. Whether worn over a T-shirt or buttoned-up, it is easy to incorporate any combination of hues into an ensemble.

On campus, more girls are wearing basic, clean cut shorts. These are a chic alternative to short, ripped up denim. Although it’s not Memorial Day yet (athough anyone rarely follows that rule anymore), this Fashionista paired white shorts with her plaid top. I love the mixture of red, white and blue hues; fashionable and patriotic. A great alternative to white shorts is a bright colored pair. This blue pair from The Gap is an essential spring/summer piece.

This Fashionista mixed nude accessories into her ensemble. Nude on white has always been one of my favorite combinations. A belt is a simple way to add a little umph to an outfit and this Fashionista matches her belt to her shoes. Girls love bows. There is something so femininely classic about bows attached to shoes, just ask Christian Louboutin. Whether in the form of a sandal, heel, flat or wedge, these shoes can be worn with any outfit. Choose a color, pick the material and you can complement your ensemble just as this Fashionista did.

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