STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Exam Elegance

There are many unanswered questions in this world. Who am I? What is the purpose of life? How do I look nice during exams? I am here to answer the last question. It is once again exam time in sunny St. Andrews and I am among the masses of students that struggle to get dressed properly when stressed. Luckily, there is light in this dark time — today’s Fashionista.

This Fashionista sports an all-black ensemble — a timeless look. Even if she had just left it at that, she would have gone above and beyond all expectations. But this Fashionista pairs her outfit with a gorgeous gold necklace and some incredibly sweet flats. My favorite part of her outfit, though, is her nude leather jacket. It is the perfect accessory to make this Fashionista look great. Her jacket is, oddly enough, not unattainable. Neither is the rest of her outfit. Her ensemble is made up completely of high street fashion.

For a look like this Fashionista’s, try Urban Outfitters for a great pair of essential black jeans, Topshop for a simple and chic top, and Zara for a gorgeous leather jacket. I know that we all want to be comfortable for exams and this is a user-friendly way not to compromise comfort for style. In lu of real jeans, throw on some jeggings (it'll be our little secret). This Fashionista sports a lovely top, but you could substitute it for a simple black tee with a pocket. See? Effortless. 

All in all, this Fashionista shows us that looking nice during exams isn’t out of reach. Add an interesting jacket to a simple outfit on the way out the door. Quick, easy, effective. The key is simplicity, and simplicity is the prerequisite to elegance. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Exam Elegance

When the final exam frenzy is upon us, fashion tends to take the backseat. Late night library visits and early morning exams can leave College Fashionistas anywhere weary and uninspired. Comfort takes precedence over style while sweatshirts swallow up trendy tops. This week’s Fashionista, however, demonstrates how to avoid the final exam funk with beautiful basics.

When pressed for time and inspiration, mixing and matching prints and layers can prove to be a tiring task. To spare your sanity, opt for simple solids paired with statement accessories. This week’s Fashionista pairs a breezy crème blouse with deep-blue denim cut-offs; an effortless match made for ease and elegance. Paired with braided gladiator sandals and simple accessories, this Fashionista forgoes the fuss of clutter and chaos and opts for simplicity instead. The billowing cut of her blouse tucked into high-waisted denim shorts creates a flattering contrast without sacrificing the comfort necessary during exam time. Tied together with a dainty gold bracelet and oversized watch, this Fashionista’s classic combination of elegant accessories and polished basics paints a picture of practicality and poise.

To tackle the final exam frenzy with refinement, check out J.Crew's ease-inspired basics. 

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