STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Work It

When it comes to college dressing in the Midwest, we all know what outfits are expected from us. Understated blouses, denim, ballet flats and crossbody bags, for example, are my not-trying-too-hard but not-being-too-careless personal norm. And although I have a strict no wearing sweatpants to class policy, I rarely go above and beyond with my daily wardrobe. As much as I love behind-the-scenes model looks and sky-high, double-staked heels, I'm all too aware that I actually don't live in Tokyo or Paris.

So you can imagine my delight to find this Fashionista, whose collected cool and towering heels proves there's no such thing as too fashion-y in Bloomington. She did it right by layering tops, wearing skinny jeans and adding chunky heels, all void of color, for the overall look. The result from this Fashionista, who could be Blake Lively's twin, is a noteworthy outfit that not only achieves the perfect balance for university wear, but also looks forward to fall fashion.

Master a similar look by starting with a pair of drool-worthy heels, adding neutral staples and dark skinny jeans from there. Don't be afraid to double up on bags (the Olsens do it all the time), like a small bag for a wallet or lip gloss and a bigger one packed with class supplies. Finish it off by walking with confidence. The streets are your runway, after all.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Work it for Finals

FINALS. FINALS. FINALS. That's probably all you can think about around this time. The weather is cold and it's crunch time again, but this is no excuse for poor fashion. Most students in Baruch work part-time or full time, on top of being a diligent student. This Fashionisto, didn't let the cold weather or finals week interrupt his studious style. After submitting all those taxes at work, he grabbed a coffee and headed to the library in style. From office to school, rocking the perfect effortless look, the perfect staple peacoat, cashmere sweater over a plaid dress shirt paired with slacks and dress shoes. The outfit was appropriate for work but ditching the tie and traditional matching suit made it casual enough for school and studying. 

For the perfect ensemble, compliments of today's Fashionisto, try a toggle coat from Topman, a checkered shirt from Urban Outfitters paired with gray denim. 

Study hard and dress for success! 

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