Life can be stressful at this time of year – the term two workload starts really kicking in, the weather is up and down and Valentine's Day causes headaches whether you're single or in a relationship. Your wardrobe should be the least of your worries. You want something simple and stylish, but something that's not going to take ages to accessorise. At times like this, follow this Fashionista's trend and go back to basics.
You can't get much more basic than the cotton sweatshirt. This one is worn big, though, so it's almost like a dress and the burnt orange tone makes it stand out beside the black coat. The chunky look on top creates an imbalance in her proportions that draws the eye to her bottom half and her statement leggings. My fellow Style Guru, Eleanor Perkins, showed us how to style leggings a few weeks back and Brunel students definitely go all out for this trend. These ones are vertically striped with alternating sheer and cotton, which is ideal for elongating her legs. If you want to try statement leggings ASOS have a good selection at the moment at reasonable prices.
The sequinned baseball boots finish off the look and prove that simple accessorising can go a long way; the colours match her top half, linking the looks together. These boots are so practical at this time of year; they're fine come rain or shine and the flat rubber soles mean she can get around campus quickly.
This Fashionista has shown that you don't always need elaborate patterns or crazy designs to stand out from the crowd. This February, basics are best.
Hint: There are shops out there that do basics really well. American Apparel is one of them. They have a great range of sweatshirts and cardigans, as well as a selection of vintage accessories in most stores, so you can really complete your outfit. If you're on a tighter budget, though, shops like Primark and H&M have basics sections, too.
Style is a very delicate thing; it must come naturally, or it appears too forced and unnatural. Style is different from fashion, but it must incorporate fashion to be successful. Most importantly, it is obvious when someone is trying too hard to be stylish; this usually results in too many accessories, and an overall clown-like appearance. When I saw this Fashionista, I instantly knew that style comes naturally to her, and she doesn’t stray from this instinct. She shows that basics don’t have to be boring, but are actually quite chic.
This Fashionista sports a simple gray V-neck, and a black cotton skirt; this classic combo could be too basic, but with accessories as bold as this Fashionista’s, it turns into an eye-catching outfit. Her bold necklace adds spice to the V-neck, while her red Chucks maintain the casual feel of the outfit and add a punch of color.
The vintage red bowling ball bag that this Fashionista carries is a truly unique piece. An unexpected bag like this one always makes a girl stand out from the crowd! Try digging in your mom’s closet for a great vintage bag, or in your grandfather’s old bowling equipment. Her outfit is simple yet interesting, which shows that this Fashionista truly understands style. She knows that style is not contained in individual pieces of clothing, but in how you pair them together; she knows that style means wearing something, and not letting it wear you.
Hint: Vintage carry-on luggage can also make a great purse! Browse Ebay for some steals.
Neutral colors (think black, beige, and white) are the perfect items to stock up on no matter the season. This Fashionista's admits her grey coat is a staple in her wardrobe – comfortable, warm, and cut and colored so it goes with nearly anything. She demonstrated this by pairing the coat with a black sweater, black leggings, black boots, and then a brown bag. Yet since the bag is also a classic it works well with the outfit, and does not clash with any of the other colors or items. And last, but not least, we all know how much I love over-the-knee boots!