STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Confidence Is Key

T.J. Maxx's newest Maxxinista, Lindsey Calla of Saucy Glossie, declares that stripes are back in the latest commerical. But did they ever really go away? Stripes and prints are a great way to add variety to your wardrobe in any season, but nothing says summer quite like the nautical trend. With her navy and white stripes, this Fashionista is oh-so-ready for the upcoming summer festivities here in the Midwest.

I'll admit, the first thing I noticed about this Fashionista was her hair — anyone that defies the pin-straight trend and embraces her natural curls deserves recognition, in my opinion. But what I adore most about this Fashionista's outfit is how she uses minimalism to her advantage. With her striped T-shirt and wide-leg jeans, this Fashionista reminds me of the iconic Olsen sisters and their effortlessly cool style. All she needs is a sun hat and retro shades and she is ready for a day at Lollapalooza or a stroll through Iowa City's Jazz Fest.

Wherever your musical preferences take you this summer, a casually chic outfit like this one will have you looking and feeling fabulous, much like Mary Kate and Ashley. To customize this look for your own style and location, find a T-shirt in your favorite pattern (I prefer floral) and your favorite jeans or trendiest summer shorts. Like this Fashionista, keep it simple when accessorizing your new look — an oversized tote and casual flip flops will do. 

What I love most about fashion is that it not only impacts the way we look, but the way we feel about ourselves. This Fashionista exemplifies that CollegeFashionistas can look and feel just as fabulous in jeans and a T-shirt as they do when dressed up for a night out. The key to having effortless style is a little confidence.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Confidence is Key

When I notice a Fashionista/isto on campus it's not only the way they style their outfit I pay attention too, but how they carry themselves and the confidence that protrudes. 

That is what made me stop this Fashionista. When I noticed her walking across campus I loved how cool and effortless she looked, so I had to stop her. She was a little embarassed, because to her this wasn't her most fashionable outfit, which I beg to differ, but it proves confidence is the perfect accessory to make an outfit fashionable, even when you don't believe so.

What I liked most about her outfit was how she styled her acid washed denim. Rocking such denim works best, with confidence of course, but in my opinion, when the other pieces you style it with aren't as bold, just like this fashionista. Her cream knit sweater and Sperry Top-Siders make such spunky denim classic and cool. What adds to her outfit is her adorable pixie cut and the red scarf turned headband; adding a great pop of color.

So, next time your not feeling inspired or your most fashionable pieces are in the laundry, like this fashionista shared, just turn up your confidence and rock what you have. Like this Fashionista's proves and what this week's Style Advice shares, confidence is key to make any outfit fashionable; try it and be surprised who you'll fool. 

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