Oh, finals week. The week when every person on campus seems to have forgotten that items outside of yoga pants and sweatpants exist. Fashionistas and Fashionistos (myself included) on campus are looking left, right, up and down for inspiration on campus lately, with little help from fellow classmates. While their desire to dress up is waning, ours is still going strong! This can be found especially apparent during presentations days of finals week. There is the traditional way of wearing a white shirt and black pants, and then there is the Fashionista way. This Fashionista showed us how a professional attire presentation doesn’t have to be stuffy, and that accessories are the way to pull that off.
Her skinny belt is what initially sparked my interest in her outfit. The sheer panel polka-dot shirt doesn’t require a belt, but her addition of the accessory added serious interest. The speckled and smeared texture of it kept with the monochrome theme. Adding a pop of color that was too bright might have distracted from the information she presented, so a complex pattern on a skinny belt of the same colors is an easy way to draw attention to your waist without seeming unprofessional.
For the Fashionista who isn’t quite ready to rock a pair of pumps across campus, professional black and white flat shoes are an easy alternative. This Fashionista rocked a pair of oxfords with a twist. The men’s dress shoe inspired black and white pattern is cute yet classic, but this pair adds a quilted flair for feminine appeal. The sleek shape, patent accents and high contrast create a fashionable and professional blend that can’t be beat, even by a pair of men’s dress shoes.
Spotted: Skinny belt accents have even made their way into the couture bridal world. Check out Elie Saab’s spring 2014 couture show to see monochrome skinny belt additions.