TREND: Less is More

Summer fashion screams for vibrant and loud colors mixed and matched with descriptive patterns from head to toe. Even with accessories ranging from head wraps to bangles, there is no holding back. But it seems to be that the ones who stand out in the fashion world this summer are the ones who are following the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe quote, “less is more." When the German architect said this many decades ago, one could have guessed that his intentions had nothing to do with fashion. But little did he know that this quote would perfectly describe an upcoming trend, which stays prevalent within the fashion world.

This Fashionista takes a minimalist approach to fashion while still demonstrating a great sense of style. She starts off lightly with a silk white cropped top with a simple pattern from Forever 21. Cropped tops are a great essential in your summer closets because of their comfort and versatility. Some choose to wear a shorter cropped top with high rise shorts to show off some summer skin but this Fashionista leans more for the conservative look. She pairs this top with dark gray linen shorts by Elie Tahari that tie just right around the hips. For the accessories this Fashionista wears a black patent leather thong sandal and throws on a tan leather cross-body bag. To spice it up just a little bit, this Fashionista goes for the gold and chooses a Michael Kors watch.

"Less is more” could not be more relevant for this summer’s fashion. The less effort you use the more you’ll stand out!

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TREND: Less is More

During the summer, it's so hot and humid the instant you step outside you feel like you are in a sauna. The phrase less is more could not be more relavent. The dilemma for Fashionista/os is how to stay as cool as possible without having to sacrifice what you wear. Unfortunately, for guys the answer is much harder. Ladies however, have a great  remedy for the heat: light dresses with floral prints. 

The trend is just as hot as the temperatures sweeping the nation. These dresses are the perfect item to throw on when it seems too hot to go out at all. This Fashionista's dress is one that caught my eye because of the colors and print. Usually during the summer, the print and colors are bright and bold with a light floral pattern. This Fashionista's dress has darker colors with a print that looks like a mixture of paisley and floral. While the body of the dress is dark there are still colors present, just subtle ones. 

Along with the dress, this Fashionista is wearing a pair of flats that are open at the toe along with the side of the foot. Once again this Fashionista is not sacrificing style because of the heat. You never want to wear the same shoes constantly, and in the summer you are limited. These shoes have a patent finish with bronze coloring. Not many people put together a grey and faded blue with a brown, but it looks great.

Hint: Make sure to have outfits that you know will be comfortable regardless of the temperature. Along with these outfits, also have a pair of great shoes. You should never have to give up your style because of the weather. 

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TREND: Go Wild

As many of you know, New York Fashion Week just finished and looking at all of the fabulous designer collections for the upcoming season, I'm sure most of you are wondering how transition the sometimes outrageous styles from the runway to something you can wear around campus. It's definitely easier than you think. The trick is to pick up on the details and general trends and apply it to your own wardrobe, rather than trying to copy an exact outfit. While browsing through the designer collections for spring 2011, I noticed quite a bit of animal print accents, tribal patterns, neutrals, metallics, and solids. 

Minimalism has been a recurring theme for at least a couple of seasons now and it's more popular than ever for the spring. Browse through Derek Lam's Spring Collection and you'll notice that prints are kept at bay this year. If a print is used, it's usually a single piece meant to make a bold statement. This outfit is an ideal example of minimalist style that's sweeping the catwalk. Matching sleek, solid pieces together can be the opposite of boring if done correctly; however, just because solids and neutrals are so huge this season, doesn't mean you should neglect your prints!

This Fashionista added a sassy pop of animal print to her outfit with a cute pair of cheetah print shorts. When it comes to animal prints, avoid overdoing it. Too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing. Pairing the shorts with a solid black top, sandals, and a simple gold chain necklace makes the shorts very wearable for class. For chillier weather, pair this subtle leopard print cardigan with a pair of dark skinny jeans and a solid top. Finish off the outfit with a stylish pair of flats and a long necklace for an effortless, chic look. 

Hint: When you're wearing a bold piece of clothing let that be the main focus of your outfit. Keep accessories to a minimum.

No matter your favorite Fashion Week trend, be sure to spice up your wardrobe this week in honor of the most exciting days in the world of fashion! 

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