Some people think that you don’t need to dress up for class. “Who cares what you’re wearing? Sweatpants and sweaters are so comfy!” While I completely respect this view and don’t have the right to shoot it down, I just don’t feel the same way.

Pajama-like clothing can beĀ so fun to go outside in right after you’ve had a sleepover with your girlfriends and you run out to grab a cup of coffee and some bagels to enjoy while you watch a chick flick and just hang out. That’s pretty much the extent to which I will wear sweatpants in public. You can hate on me all you want and argue about function over fashion but I will most likely not change my mind. I’m sorry.

The reason for that is because I think fashion is such a beautiful and interesting form of self-expression that shouldn’t be ignored and this Fashionista proves my point. Her outfit is simple and fun and serves as a good reminder that getting dressed up for class can be a fun activity that will really get you out of your sleepy slump every morning.

Let’s start with this Fashionista’s pants. Patterned prints seem to be everywhere lately and something tells me that as the temperature rises, we will only be seeing more of them. She told me she got this adorable pair at H&M for only $14. What a steal! If you’re looking for your own adorable pair of patterned slacks, check out this pair from Old Navy.

Wool coats are really the way to go in the winter because they balance style and warmth perfectly, as long as you get the right one. To top it all off, this Fashionista is sporting black studded oxfords, which give the outfit a bit of a professional twist. The denim backpack, however, tones things down and gives her the “college” look.

Don’t be afraid to show people who you are by spicing your wardrobe up a little bit. Fashion is a form of art, too, you know.

One Simple Change: If you’re looking to go from day to night, lose the backpack and switch the oxfords for a pair of suede wedges. They’ll take the outfit from casual to classy in a subtle way.

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