STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Combat The Cold

I know what you’re thinking: the combat, army-esque, military-inspired looks are “been there done that” and appear to most as cliché. I can just picture images of '90s grunge and army surplus jackets floating through your minds. But just when you think you’ve gotten enough of the androgynous military silhouettes, a magical thing happens — someone allows it to be feminine.

Today, the term “military” is thrown around loosely among designers to describe looks and collections with a tougher edge but that still retain certain qualities and features that allow a woman to, well, still look like a woman. BCBGMaxAzria, Diane von Furstenberg and Bluegirl all showcased looks in their Fall 2011 collections that carry elements of army trenches, padded shoulders and brass-button military coats, but still maintain feminine details and silhouettes.

I caught this Fashionista on her way to class on a brisk morning. Not quite ready to break out the heavy coats, but still wanting to dress for the winter season, she compromised on a light military-inspired trench. From a high collar featuring a fun zipper detail, to the cropped sleeves and cinched waist, this coat emanates a feminine touch while still staying tough.

With military-inspired pieces, like this Fashionista’s trench and boots, the most important factor in creating a fun and unique look is how and what you choose to pair it with. To wade through Auburn’s campus, she decided to combine the trendy trench with a dark-wash skinny jean tucked into a pair of worn-in, lace-up boots and a whimsical graphic tee she snagged on a recent study abroad trip. The loose-fitting top, complete with a quirky, over-sized bow detail, allows the outfit to not appear too rigid and adds a bit of spunk to the ensemble. 

However, a military-inspired trench, like this Fashionista's, can be worn to do much more than schlep through campus. Paired with a swingy, patterned dress, tights and ankle boots, this trench could see a fun dinner date or a night out with friends. Simply adding bright accessories could even take this trench to an entirely new level.

There are endless ways to incorporate the military theme into your wardrobe this season. It’s up to you, Fashionista, to merge the trend and adapt it into your own unique style to combat the cold this winter.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Combat the Cold

This week’s Fashionista’s take on style during finals is to be ‘comfortably chic.’ A motto like this one is something that I think everyone should adopt. Her philosophy is not only appropriate during finals, but is also perfect for second semester when the temptation to throw on a baggy sweatshirt, sweat pants and your Ugg boots is overwhelming.

A cozy sweater is an essential element to a stylish yet comfortable ensemble. This Fashionista’s cream-colored knit sweater is a flawless example of what I am talking about. Sweaters are not grungy like a sweatshirt is, but also not too tight to make you uncomfortable when studying in the library for hours on end. A baggy yet cool, T-shirt also works perfectly for when you want to look fashionable and be comfortable. I personally love longsleeve shirts for when it is cold outside and when I do not want to wear a sweater because they are still warm.

The leather jacket worn by this Fashionista dresses up her otherwise plain sweater. Leather jackets are a great option for cold weather because they are warm, especially ones with fur linings, and add a little spunk to any look. Her combat boots also toughen up her look. I like that the leather of her jacket and her boots are relatively the same color. Though this does not always need to be the case, do not be afraid to mix black, brown and even colored leather together.

Good luck on all of your finals, and do not forget to let your style shine through even when you are stressed!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Combat the Cold

Say goodbye to flip flops and sandals and hello to some closed toe shoes. Your toes simply cannot handle the weather that has just arrived and is here to stay for quite a while.  Want to know the best way in my opinion to stay warm and look so cool? Combat Boots! Wear these trendy military-inspired boots out and about and you’ll be sure to get tons of lookers dying to know where you got your perfect pair!

If you are under the impression that you can just throw on a pair of combat boots without There is a science to wearing combat boots. Remember, you are aiming for a hip, rugged look. Make sure that you don’t lace your boots too tight to complete this look. Once you loosely tie the laces, pull the tongue out so it flops over a tad. Also, sometimes it may look best to not zipper up the boots completely if a zipper is present. In contrast to most of your other shoes, you want to wear these out and get them a little dirty.  After completing these steps, congrats, you have mastered the skill of wearing combat boots.

Today’s CollegeFashionista looks oh so chic in her combat boots. The boots that she was wearing are from Steve Madden and will guarantee you looking stylish. She paired them with leggings, which are perfect to fit inside the boots without any extra fabric hanging over the top. She is wearing an oversized bright blue sweater, which adds the perfect amount of color and comfort! If you’re on a college budget these combat boots from Forever 21 are a great buy.  If you’re looking to treat yourself with a pair of combat boots that will definitely stand the test of time and is so fashionable, try these Seychelles boots.

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