Since classes at Barnard and Columbia do not strike up until after the Labor Day holiday, I spent the week patrolling the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex for a Fashionista to garner style advice from. I always find this part of the year particularly difficult when it comes to dressing, but this undergrad, still home for the summer, made it appear easy! Taking style cues from Audrey Hepburn and Phillip Lim, the Stanford History Major collides boutique-bought separates to create an ensemble completely her own.
Through her outfit, the Fashionista plays with both color and texture. The combination of black, white and royal blue is fresh, youthful and classic. Furthermore, the balanced tripartite palette, which is at once bold and feminine, gives way to an interesting kaleidoscope of texture. Employing a silky shirt as her first layer, she has then layered a lace jumper and jacket to incorporate patterns and artistic flair. The Fashionista divulged that she acquired the shirt and jumper during her travels in China, while the jacket was recently found (tauntingly marked down) at Miu Miu. A similar version of this jacket, with equatable vintage leanings, can be found at Anthropologie.
This fall, be sure to get the most out of your dorm room closet. Fill it with pieces you can mix and match depending on the weather, occasion, or even your mood. During early September, gracefully introduce fall pieces to your wardrobe while quietly phasing out summer staples. Before packing up a favorite sundress, enliven it with boots and a blazer. If you’re more of a billowy tank top kind of gal, try wearing two tops of complementary patterns with cropped jeans and ballet flats. By rearranging key pieces already in your closet and experimenting with unusual pairings, you will not only save money, but also craft a look that can’t be bought off a catalogue page.
I have about three items in my wardrobe that I wear at least once a week: a chambray button-up, black pants and a white T-shirt. In a way, I can't live without these pieces because they help further a technique that every Fashionista/o must grasp. There are trends and techniques that are permanent staples in fashion. And without fail, one technique that is present constantly is layering. No Fashionista/o can forget about this obvious knack because it essential to utilize one’s seasonal wardrobe. Spring has sprung at George Mason University, but there is still a chill that is lingering around for some time now that keeps Fashionistas/os coming back for this tactic.
Today’s Fashionisto was on his way to class when I spotted his perfected layering ensemble. Time after time, many of us focus on layering as Fashionistas; however, it is a necessity for Fashionistos. This Fashionisto exemplifies the best example on how to coordinate different textures and pieces to make the most out of a spring outfit. From the denim jacket, striped T-shirt and cardigan to the classic Ray-Bans, desert boots and collegiate satchel, his look is the ultimate trifecta of layering chic-ness. Just as I have my go-to pieces, his classic pieces, the denim jacket and khakis, are the foundation that he can use to build the rest of his outfts. His look gives off casual, cool vibes while still transcending him into being a CollegeFashionisto.
It cannot be stressed enough how layering indivdual pieces can instantly transform an average outfit to a shining one. Combining textures, patterns and different pieces are an easy way to develop a cohesive outfit that stands out amongst the rest. Incoporating layers can revamp any old, dull wardrobe, especially on the days that you think you have nothing to wear. Layering this spring and every season following will ensure you are one of the best dressed Fashionistas/os on campus.