WEEKEND FORECAST: Back To Basics

When getting dressed everyday, it’s easy to get caught up in the madness of your closet. The brightest colors always compete for attention, and the eyes are subconsciously drawn to bold and textured pieces. It becomes all too simple to believe that wearing an exciting outfit means throwing on the loudest print in your wardrobe. When surveying your options, it’s important not to underestimate the power of solid colors. The look is prim, polished and when done right, transforms you into the opposite of a fashion wallflower. This Fashionista has the solid color trend down pat. Her black dress from Bounce boutique is the epitome of classic sophistication, and the ruched waist and delicate scalloped edging on the bodice display feminine design at its finest. Her Urban Outfitters cardigan adds the right boost of color to the look without being overwhelming. She accessorizes the outfit to perfection with her retro Ray Bans and urban-chic black leather boots from Target. Solid-color frocks are effortlessly basic to find while shopping. American Apparel is a mecca for solid and monochrome shades. Their Stretch Velvet Double U-Neck Mini is especially covetable as temperatures begin to dip, and is available in classic black or more daring burgundy and turquoise. J Crew’s array of solid-hued sweaters is luxe and cozy, and many styles (like the Dream draped-V sweater) are heavy enough to wear in the place of a jacket. On bottom, Forever 21’s Cuffed Tweed pants in heather gray scream old-school campus preppy, and Free People’s Super Skinny Five-Pocket Corduroys in gray and taupe are perfect neutrals. The best part of the solid color trend is that it is essentially an open canvas upon which to accessorize. Play up your best features with a chunky jewelry, or take that extra step with eye-popping makeup.

Hint: Just because solid colors are not as in-your-face as prints doesn't mean the outfit can’t be eye-catching. Color and accessories are your best weapons with this trend. Try wearing a shade that you normally wouldn’t, like red for your bottoms or yellow on top. Solid colors can be minimalist, but they certainly don’t have to be quiet.

 

 

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WEEKEND FORECAST: Back to Basics

With summer (quite unfortunately) winding to its close, stress for summer work and school-related issues may start to feel overwhelming. Fear not, fellow Fashionistas; I'm hopeful that you will find a little peace in your wardrobes this weekend with a few classics. With the wave of fall semester responsibilities looming before us, it's time to play it safe and relax — after all, this may be the last time we get to do that for a while.

While an over-exaggerated and dramatic outfit can be refreshing at times, when we're looking for something a bit more tame, clean and simple is the way to go. This Fashionista, doing some back-to-school shopping on Kirkwood, sports a clean white tank (an under appreciated item, if I do say so myself) with some uniquely-patterned shorts. Look closely at the shorts and you'll see a darling twist on a pair of mid-thigh greys: uneven and juxtaposed lines create an unexpected design. She adds a great (but simple) leather sandal with a matching over-the-shoulder bag for a crisp clean look! And let's face it, when you're forcing yourself back to class after a fantastic summer, what better way to dress your dragging feet than with a comfortable pair of leather sandals? And what color will better draw away attention from the dark circles under your eyes than white? I think I've proven my point!

So when your dreaded alarm goes off at 7:00 AM this fall, don't fret about throwing together a bright and bold outfit — soft and simple can ease you into your new morning routine! Just pair some of your favorite classic pieces with an item that throws a curve ball (like our Fashionista's shorts) for a bit of a kick. After all, with temperatures roasting in the 80s during that first week of classes, you'll thank me for suggesting an easy tank with some light shorts! 

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