Living in the Midwest means being extremely dependent on the weather, which is why for most Chicagoans the weather channel is the first step to a successful daily style routine. Recently, Chicago has been hit by a very late summer heat wave, and it’s been all about blue skies and airy styling tricks. 

This week’s Fashionista rocked a great pair of silk pants with a slit on the sides, keeping her cool while looking put together and on trend with fall’s finest. The simple white shirt makes sure that the pants get all the attention they deserve, while the sandals, the belt and the leather bag are simple details that finish off the look.

This look is great for this time of year because all of the pieces are transition pieces. The pants are long, yet easily wearable in warmer weather due to the slits on both sides of the legs. In case it gets colder, all you need to do is throw on a cardigan and you are good to go. As for the shoes, a great shoe for the fall is definitely the loafer (I know I have said this before), either a simple flat one or one with a heel. If you’d like to give this look a little more edge, simply add a great platform shoe, for example a cutout wedge or a Mary Jane à la Lady Gaga.

Although most college students have to survive on a rather limited budget, investing in a great pair of silk pants (possibly with a unique print) is a simple way to freshen up your fall wardrobe. You can easily pair the pants with all of your “old” basics and create completely new outfits. Add a blazer and maybe some chunky, golden jewelry for an effortless yet glamorous look to take you through the nights…the options are truly endless!

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