TREND: Black and Blue

If you're going to pair two colours this spring season, it might as well be black and blue: what makes these two complement each other is the fact that they're just different enough to catch your attention. Blue is a more playful alternative to the good old all-black ensemble—especially during the spring time. This week's Fashionisto is black and blue in all the right proportions, and shows that yes, even men can rock a little pink!

As the days get brighter and the long haul of exams comes to an end, this is what I have to say to all you budding Fashionistos: reflect the extra illumination in the air and play with colour. Colour-blocking is all about picking two or three accents, and making sure they stay the focus of your look. This Fashionista boldly went for a magenta American Apparel hoodie, but kept things a little more formal with a blue, subtly plaid collared shirt and classic black skinnies. Also note that he finished off his attire with casual black sneakers and wayfarers that can only mean one thing: exams are over and summer vacation is undeniably here.

Hint: As the semester draws to a close, mix casual pieces (like sneakers and hoodies) with more polished items to reinforce the fact that even though you may be off for the summer, you still mean business! For all you disappointed girls out there, there's no need to worry: the black and blue trend is as popular with the ladies as it is with the guys. Blue was especially prevalent this year as a fun replacement for the classic LBD. 

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TREND: Black and Blue

With skies this gloomy, it seems that Fashionistas all over campus are split between giving into the blustery cold with sweats and fleeces or working against the gray with colorful jackets and accessories. I found that this Fashionista takes the middle road—she works with the weather.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to throw on your comfiest clothes. In fact, I confess, I am guilty of the cold-weather faux pas from time to time. The other side to counteracting the gloom is by wearing your brightest brights while staying bundled and warm. Instead of fighting it off, try wearing the exact colors that you have been rejecting.

This Fashionista throws on a flattering black blazer over a patterned tank dress with the perfect combination of simplicity and complexity. The solid color of her jacket contrasts with the sketch-like design on her dress, which is a mixture that shows sophistication with a touch of imperfection. She tops it off with a pair of nude heels, which always look chic, and a large yet simple pendant.

So, take a different route when thinking of the winter blues. This Fashionista took it literally and put together an outfit that incorporates the usually scorned colors of the upcoming season without the dismal connotations that tend to accompany them.

Hint: Not quite warm enough for a mini dress? Follow Alexa Chung's lead, and grab some thigh-high socks for warmth.
 

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