5 Ways to Rock Denim Jackets and Jeans this Fall

Denim is such a tried and true fashion trend that I genuinely believe it will never go out of style. However, denim is constantly evolving. Because of the constant evolution of denim, Fashionistas are always finding new ways to rock denim jackets and denim jeans. Here are five innovative ways that you can rock denim on your campus this fall.

1—Denim on denim. While denim on denim was once considered a fashion sin, denim on denim is now considered trendy. The rise of denim on denim is primarily because of the other various trends from the 1990s that are making a comeback! When wearing denim on denim, it is best to wear two different shades of denim. For example, wearing a light wash jean jacket with dark wash denim jeans. By wearing two shades of denim, you can create a trendy two-toned look.

PHOTO: Cassidy Clark

2—Patterned denim. If you want to add a little flair to your denim, patterned denim is the way to go! Patterned denim has been popping up at a variety of stores. One way to wear patterned denim is to wear a denim jacket with a floral pattern. This look combines two major trends, floral and denim, for a cool and casual vibe.

PHOTO: Ali Bell

3—Fringed denim. While distressed denim will never go out of style, one of the latest denim trends I have noticed is fringed denim. This trend involves denim jeans or a jacket that is fringed at the edges. This trend first became popular in Spain, but it has made its way to the United States. Fringed denim jeans with a pair of heels are the perfect look for a fall day.

PHOTO: Valerie Cammack

4—Patched denim. A new street style trend that I have noticed this fall is patched denim. This fresh look adds different patches to a regular pair of denim pants. A pair of patched denim jeans and a cool band T-shirt would create a hipster look for a chill day on campus.


How do you plan on rocking denim this fall? Let me know below in the comments your favorite way to rock your denim! 

The 2000s Trends That Are Making a Comeback

Everyone and their mothers seem to be rocking and enjoying the ’90s trends that have come back into style recently. But what about the 2000s? There are a few 2000s trends that have started to creep back into our wardrobes lately that even you probably forgot were trends during the early aughts.

Here are a few trends that I’ve spotted so far—and they’re surely not the last.

1—Tank tops with one thick strap and one spaghetti strap

This is one trend that I personally remember wearing as a six-year-old and thinking that it was the height of fashion. Several years later, the old becomes new again, and I have seen basically the exact same tank tops being sold at stores like American Eagle Outfitters.

PHOTO: Kelly Rogowski

2—Track suits

Juicy Couture brought track suits to fame in the ’00s and set us all up for our love of athletic wear in 2017. Wearing a full athleisure ensemble would not be uncommon today, especially with Adidas, Champion, and Reebok street style on the rise. Juicy Couture is even making a comeback with their collection with Urban Outfitters.

3—Slip dresses

In the 2000s, a silky slip dress was all the rage, especially among celebrities. But in 2017 you wouldn’t be out of place walking around in a slip dress (silky or not). Just add a pair of mules and some simply layered necklaces, and you’re good to go!

PHOTO: Kelly Rogowski


Wearing actual fishnet stockings were popular in the 2000s, but now a more popular style would just be to add a fishnet detail to your regular outfit. For example, fishnet socks that stick out of your sneakers, fishnets peeking out through ripped jeans, or seeing the top of fishnets pop out above the waist of your jeans.

5—Tank tops over T-shirts

This is something that I was guilty of wearing in middle school in 2009 to get around wearing a tank top without breaking dress code. This was still in style less than 10 years ago, which means fashion is coming back around to trends even faster than we can get rid of them!

PHOTO: Kelly Rogowski

6—Lace up jeans

This is not one I’ve seen a lot of, but I’ve definitely seen it. Stars like Hilary Duff and Christina Aguilera wore these babies back in the day, and stores like Topshop and Forever 21 are selling their own versions of them now. Both with laces up the legs and laces in place of a zipper.

What 2000s trends are you wearing this season? Show us on social media! Don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista.

STYLE ADVICE: 1820s to 2017

While I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I have always been inspired by New York City. The energy, the possibilities, and (most importantly) the fashion! As I was exploring New York City earlier this month, I saw a cool Fashionista whose outfit totally inspired me.
One recent trend I have been loving is corsets! Corsets were extremely popular during the Victorian era. Corsets were worn under a woman’s dress to change the appearance of her body and cinch her waist. Recently, corsets have risen to popularity again, but in an entirely different fashion. This Fashionista owned the new corset trend and wore the corset over her white sweater. I think this Fashionista looks totally fierce and completely owns the look!
Another aspect of this Fashionista’s outfit that is totally inspired is her choker. The gold choker adds a nice touch of jewelry that perfectly complements her bangle bracelets and completes the outfit. The subtleness of the jewelry leaves the main focus of the outfit on the corset.
The Fashionista’s ripped jeans and maroon Converse really add an edge to the outfit. The modern ripped jeans and high-top Converse perfectly contrast with the vintage corset.
The Fashionista’s cat-eye sunglasses also give this outfit a vintage touch. The sunglasses remind me of Audrey Hepburn’s signature shades. Finally, the Fashionista’s burgundy lip shade completes an inspired look!
New York City never fails to leave me inspired and meeting this Fashionista on this trip inspired me to buy a corset of my own! Stay inspired this month!

WHAT TO WEAR: Grunge Chic

Before heading to class for the afternoon, I ran into this Fashionista. I was totally inspired by her look for school and just had to report it!

She wore a distressed graphic sweater dress from Forever 21 and paired the hoodie dress with a pair of light wash jeans. I thought that pairing the hoodie dress with jeans created an appropriate look for school, while still being able to show off a cute dress.

This Fashionista paired this outfit with velvet thigh-high boots in black. The thigh-high boots are one of my favorite aspects of the outfit, because the boots make the entire outfit look more polished. Thigh-high boots are my favorite trend of this winter because they are flattering on everyone and make any outfit look well put together.

This Fashionista’s accessory choices also inspired me. She wore a black tattoo choker, which paired perfectly with the grunge theme of the distressed dress. Also, the choker looked really nice with the thigh-high boots.

I absolutely loved this Fashionista’s hair style. I think the two French braids tie the entire outfit together. The French braids correlate with the grunge theme of the choker and distressed dress. Also, the two braids look intricate and polished. They pair off nicely with the theme of the light wash jeans and high boots. Finally, the French braids complete the outfit and help make this look perfect for school!

This look is perfect for class because it is comfortable and looks polished. Also, the outfit isn’t overly accessorized, which is good for a basic school look. My Fashionista told me her hairstyle only took her 10 minutes; therefore, this outfit can be quickly put together before class.

I was completely inspired by this Fashionista’s outfit, and I’m sure she received compliments on her outfit all day!

STYLE GURU BIO: Sydney Sallee

Hi, My name is Sydney Sallee and I’m so excited to begin my first semester with CollegeFashionista! I am a freshman at Baldwin Wallace University studying both public relations and broadcasting and mass communications.

Fashion has played a major role in my life for as long as I can remember. I am proudly overdressed 90 percent of the time. My go-to “uniform” for class is a skater skirt, bomber jacket, choker, and boots. However, I love tennis shoes and sometimes Adidas, a graphic T-shirt, and jeans are the move. My fashion inspirations include Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Cara Delevingne, and Ariana Grande.

Over the summer, I worked as a stylist at a retail store. I learned a lot about the fashion industry by working in retail and I am thankful for my small experience in the industry. The best part about the job was assisting customers in creating outfits by giving my own opinions combined with implementing their personal style into the look.

I think beauty and fashion go hand in hand. I love watching beauty gurus on YouTube and trying out different beauty looks. Currently, my favorite makeup trends are highlights and matte lipstick.

When I’m not in class, I am usually practicing singing, playing ukulele, working out, watching beauty videos on YouTube, reading, writing, taking photos, or working on my Instagram aesthetic.

For this look, I contrasted my feminine pink bomber jacket with a black skater skirt. I contrasted the accessories as well by sporting both a tattoo choker and a rose gold Micheal Kors watch. Since it’s always cold in Ohio, I wore tights and Dr. Martens to keep warm and complete the look.

I am so excited to be involved with CollegeFashionista this semester and I can’t wait to broaden my sense of style this semester!