STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pretty In Print

The hot weather of Southern California gives residents an excuse to wear shorts all year long. While this is a unique privilege, it also comes with a challenge: making this summer staple new. This Fashionista found a way by taking advantage of the summer’s obsession with fun prints. The geometric lines and shapes give the print a native feel while the colors provide ample opportunity for matching.

When putting together her outfit, this Fashionista chose an earthy-toned blouse with a matching sling purse reinforcing the native element of the shorts. In order to kick it up a notch, she threw on a pair of wedges with stripes at the bottom, creating a cohesive head-to-toe look. It is also good to keep in mind that choosing a color from the print to match on top can help make the pattern pop. For example, a black collared blouse would have highlighted the pattern of these particular shorts. Choosing a contrasting color works, as well.

What is especially great about an outfit like this is the amount of places it can be worn. This Fashionista is set for a day of shopping, while music festivals and concerts also provide an excellent opportunity to show off a print like this, especially with a great hair accessory and sandals for more comfort. This look would also turn heads at a party with friends. Whether it is a native print, floral print or animal print, make sure you get some into your summer closet.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pretty in Print

With the end of our school year nearing us, all us students can focus on are our finals, portfolios, garments, and apartment hunting–so sometimes fashion can be the last thing on our mind. Plus, with weather that has been acting up lately, some of us have been losing inspiration to put together great ensembles. Luckily, I was able to find this Fashionista who doesn't let anything get in the way of her style. Her favorite thing about fashion: prints, and prints galore.

As we can see here, she is sporting some great black and white prints on her shirt and oversized sweater, as well as an awesome bold color on her pants to get everyone's attention on these busy Chicago streets. As she was rushing to do a presentation of her architectural work, she had her portfolio in one hand, and a cigarette in the other, talking to me about how the pants she had on were her favorite pair, and that you would usually see her in them at least twice a week. With the pants being ultra stretchy and form fitting, she is able to pull them off with some shiny black boots, and brown and black printed socks. As I have stated in one of my older posts, bold is hot! Mixing and matching things can either be successful, or a huge train wreck. Luckily for me, I have been very fortunate to find a lot of different cool, and new styles on all of these Columbia students. Especially coming from an art school, you can tell that they all put their creativity not only in their school work, but on their image so they can make it their own.

So, with the last days before break ahead of us, lets go "all out" with our wardrobe. Go to your small dorm closets, and bring out the big and bold side of you so you can feel great even though you might be stressing over a couple presentations. For some of us, this may be our last year of college too, so setting a good last impression with your peers and friends is a must. As far as prints go, be bold like this Fashionista and put together an ensemble that represents you; you as a young adult of our generation who is getting ready to conquer the industry in whatever field you are in.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pretty In Print

Today's Fashionista is just that…pretty in print. Her casual knit dress has an intricate pattern that caught my attention while jotting to class. This season is all about pattern, print and clashing them all together. The featured Fashionista shows us how to wear pattern in a subtle way but to twist things up mixing two prints can be very fun.  Anna Sui’s spring collection showcased mod '60s-esque prints and patterns. Alice + Olivia had prints this season as did Betsey Johnson.

To stick on a budget today's Fashionista purchased her frock from Forever 21. But if you are willing to splurge try one of the above collections noted. 

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