TREND: Wrap it Up

Fashion is all about dressing for your body type and Fashionistas come in all shapes and sizes. This means that what works for one Fashionista is different than what works for another. Most of the time. I will let you in on a little secret, there is an exception to the rule!

As any expert will tell you, wrap tops and dresses flatter every body! Why, you ask? The wrap emphasizes the smallest part of every girl’s waist, her rib cage, and creates an hour glass silhouette. Let’s take this Fashionista as an example! Her looser, faux wrap sweater gives extra shape to her petite frame. Check out this faux wrap sweater by Forever 21 for a similar look! Perhaps you are more of a dress person, Shop Bop has a great selection of wrap dresses for every occasion!

It looks like this Fashionista has taken to the monochromatic trend I talked about last week! Her sweater, jeans, and navy drop earrings compliment each other perfectly! My favorite part of her look is her fabulous leopard print flats! If you ask me, animal print (in small doses of course) go with any outfit! This Fashionista is cool, casual and ready to take on the jungle that is Madison!

Hint: Are you looking for some leopard print accessories of your own? Try these flats from Zappos.com, or this scarf from The Limited!

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TREND: Wrap It Up

One of the big trends on the Fall 2010 runways was layering with sweaters, shawls, and wraps to create a "chic nomad" look. Striped shawls were worn with cozy suede boots and there were oversized dramatic wraps at Kenzo with a hippie chic seventies mood. Anna Sui worked cardigans and sweaters inspired by the American Arts and Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century into her line, with a vintage antique-y look paired with printed tights. Creative Director Jenna Lyons of J. Crew stepped away from their traditional clean and classic with rugged camping inspired tweed, wedge boots, and rumpled clothing. There were surprise looks of an olive-drab vest with Mongolian shearling lining and a sweater jacket trimmed in alpaca.

But off the runway and into reality, college students everywhere have been wearing sweaters as the Indiana weather gets colder each week. There are so many types to choose from: cutesy feminine cardigans, relaxed boho open-faced, shawl collar, and loose Grandpa style. Whether thrown over a ruffled tank or a dress, sweaters are a fabulous way to have warm layers without looking sloppy in sweatshirts.

This Fashionista wears a charcoal gray open sweater, navy blue floral drop waist blouse, black leggings, a tan leather bag, and brown suede fringe boots. I love how the neutral colors are mixed effortlessly, and are not boring due to the careful layering and addition of interesting Pocahontas-inspired boots. This outfit is just as good on a schoolday as it is on a relaxed weekend coffee run. Although the top half is loose and flowy, the tight leggings tucked into the boots balance it out on bottom.

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