STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Seasonal Sweaters

Art is not a medium that can be confined to a canvas or a print. This week’s Fashionista is proof that art can be a living, breathing entity, and her passion for the visual is evident in the very garments that she clothes her body with. What drew me to this Fashionista was the calm grace of her outfit. I loved the casual ease of her sweater, which is not something that you’re used to seeing in the dead heat of summer. As a college student on a budget, it’s important to find pieces that you can carry over from season to season, and this Fashionista did just that. By layering a thin, breathable sweater over a simple, clingy black dress she took the dress from formal to casual, while also bringing the sweater from fall to summer.

Aside from the staple cardigan, Fashionistas tend to forget that sweaters are not just for the blizzardy days of winter. A pullover does not need to always come in a chunky cable knit, and they can be just as practical in July as in December. The sweater worn by this Fashionista was thin and loose, allowing for it to move easily with her as she snapped photo after photo of the summer scenery. The color of the sweater was rich and deep, meaning that it would be perfect in the fall, layered over boyfriend jeans or leggings with a scarf and boots. But, for this summer look, the color created a contrast against the black dress, and added to the bohemian look of the sandals. The entire look was tied together using the various accessories – the eclectic bunching of bracelets, the skeleton key necklace, the Ray Bans and the camera.
To  recreate this look, I would look for similar dresses at American Apparel or Lulus. You can find sweaters which resemble this one at Free People or Shopbop.

I would recommend looking at Etsy for similar, hard to find jewelry. Finally, my advice as far as sweaters would be to know what you have. Sweaters come in all knits, colors and styles and therefore can be incorporated into any wardrobe. Some, such as the one seen on this week’s Fashionista are more versatile, and therefore can pass as either casual or formal, depending on the other pieces of the outfit, whereas others are strictly one or the other.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Seasonal Sweaters

Dainty cardigans and airy blouses no longer make the cut for cold weather. This winter, comfort meets eclecticism with the vast variety of vintage sweaters. With temperatures dipping below the freezing point the chunky knit is this season’s favored throw-over. Warm enough to double as a fall jacket or winter layer, the chunky sweater is the CollegeFashionista’s go-to item for any forecast.

This Fashionista weaves a web of comfort and couture with her oversized cuts and bold booties. Her crème colored chunky sweater, adorned with oversized wooden buttons and asymmetrical hemming strategically contrasts the chocolatey, smooth lines of suede leggings. Subtly interrupting the warm and fuzzy textures of this Fashionista’s wintery wardrobe is a French blue button-down. Peeking out from beneath an asymmetrical hem and deep neckline, this oversized chambray adds cool-colored class to an effortless look. Careful not to sink into the slub silhouettes of winter too soon, this Fashionista pairs casual comfort with fashion-forward footwear. These lace-up wedge boots add variety and vivacity to this Fashionista’s cozy collection without clashing in color scheme.

To get lace-up platform boots and button up chunky sweaters as creatively as this Fashionista, check out Jeffrey Campbell and Urban Outfitter’s chunky sweater collection.

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