STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Dress for Success

Mid-terms are a lot like a marathon, not a sprint. In order to successfully make it through the finish line, you need to plan ahead, set time aside to train and come prepared. A portion of coming prepared is dressing the part. I am a huge advocate of dressing for success and believe it gives you that extra mental edge on an exam day. It’s simple, if you look awful you’re going to feel awful. If you look great, you will feel great. That is why I was more than pleased to see this Fashionista on her way to campus during midterms. She looks pulled together, comfortable, confident and not at all overdone. I love the mixture of masculinity and femininity throughout this ensemble. The femininity of her blouse, sweater and statement necklace is offset by her biker boots and slouchy brown tote. I love when a Fashionista isn’t afraid of throwing in a brown accessory with black pieces; the result can be so chic.

I dare you to recreate an outfit like this on your next exam day. Play with your color palette and really express yourself. This Fashionista stuck with cool tones, but her dusty rose blouse added a subtle twist to an otherwise neutral ensemble. Begin your outfit with a blouse like this one at Zara. Throw a chunky knit over to keep you warm (especially if your classroom tends to be chilly). Pick a statement necklace to add a little pizzazz and sparkle. You can find these for a real steal at Forever 21 and H&M. Don’t worry too much about costume jewelry looking cheap. Trust yourself and go with your gut, because I receive the most compliments on my most inexpensive necklace. Then slip into a pair of sleep biker boots, calf or knee high. Lastly, gather your test taking essentials, place them into your unstructured bag and go show that exam who's boss.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Dress For Success

Anytime you have a important meeting or class presentation you know it is time to pull out that infamous black blazer and your favorite pair of black pants but.. why not dress for success in style? A great representation of this would be this weeks Fashionista. Head to toe she is ready to rock the boardroom with her business savvy style.

Adding pieces that represent yourself shows others that you have put personality into the clothes that you wear. For example this Fashionista added a few simple items like a necklace and a belt that added a pop of color and changes this outfit from business attire to a fashion statement.

This fashionista wore a ruffle front blouse and a blazor on top, but left the blazor unbuttoned to show off her top and also create a more causal look. I really loved the cropped pants that this weeks' Fashionista wore. They are professional but can be causual depending what you put with them like a cotton top. This fashionista did not stop wit her top, blazor, or pants. She added fantastic black Steve Madden suede pumps. These shoes pulled the entire outfit together. Everything flowed from the necklace down to the platform of her shoe. Don't forget you can dress properly for the business world but dont forget to add a bit of you.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Dress for Success

Finals week is finally here at the University of Minnesota and while students are starting to look a little tiresome, dressing a bit down and drinking a lot more coffee, this Fashionista kept it classy by dressing for success this week. I am a strong believer in this saying: if you dress well, you will do well (and hopefully ace those finals too). Obviously this young lady knows how to dress well, but my favorite thing she is rocking is her black mini skirt. It seemed very Lady Gaga inspired to me because of the crazy shape of the pockets – a true statement. Lady Gaga always seems to have her outfits fitted at the waist and then crazily popping out in different shapes around the hip area, just like this Fashionista's outfit. We all know Lady Gaga is known to go a little overboard with her crazy costumes, but this mini was a perfect tone-down of the Gaga inspired fashion trend. Do be aware though that these skirts are not for everyone. Mini skirts like these tend to flatter girls who are tall, slim and not too curvy so make sure before purchasing yourself one you try it on and feel confident while in it!

To complete her outfit this Fashionista threw on an olive button-up blouse, a pair of black tights and the ever so necessary black riding boots. I was glad she added a pop of color into her outfit, but left out any prints since the true focus was on her adorable mini. To finish up her ensemble she piled on lots and lots of chunky jewelry. The gold tones in the jewelry complemented the olive in her shirt and her skin color great, it was the perfect touch to complete this totally rocking outfit.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Dress for Success

With summer quickly approaching, businesses are looking for the perfect candidate for internships and temporary positions. Whether you have joined a corporation or
are interning for a locally owned company, dressing the part is a huge factor when it comes to your interview. I love seeing how diverse jobs
can be in the Fort Collins area and seeing how people dress for the position that they have or are applying for. The look I have found today would be perfect for a fashion position of any type. I have been seeing a lot of hats worn in every context lately and just recently noticed that fedoras can be worn to dress up any look. I love it when you can find the perfect
accessory, and this one seems to fit the bill!

Today’s Fashionista was found in Old Town wearing a flowing off-white vintage top with cropped jeans, flip-flops, and a cross body bag. After further talking with her about her outfit, I found that she works at a boutique in Fort Collins. To copy her look, you can begin by finding the perfect flowing top.You can go with a lacy vintage top or a more classic top to achieve a laid-back casual chic look. Cropped denim has also become popular this year with both boyfriend and tapered styles. If you are wearing a boyfriend cut pant, you can pair them with a pair of sky-high wedges to elongate your body and instantly pull your entire outfit together. If you’re more of a flats type of girl, pairing your cropped jeans with a cute pair of flats or simple flip-flops will also look just as great. To top off the look (literally), today’s Fashionista found the perfect fedora to pull her look together. Finding a fedora with neutral colors will allow you to wear it with a variety of different outfits. So whether you are dressing for an interview or dressing for your first day of work, dressing the part will help you to go the extra mile!

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