Okay, I admit it: I, Diane Bain, do not have a green thumb. In fact, the closest I will probably ever come to possessing such a trait is painting my nails Essie’s “Power Clutch.” Luckily (for the sake of my relationship with my Vincent Van Gogh of gardening grandmother), fashion provides endless means for forming and enhancing one’s identity. I like to think what I lack in caregiver of plants, I make up for in donning floral pants. Though not every college student may be plagued with a black thumb, we can all relate to the task of aspiring to evoke a preferable impression.
As the fall semester comes into full swing, we are met with the duty of meeting with professors and deans to chat about small matters; you know, like where in the world your future is heading and things of the such. What may be even more daunting than the uncertainty of the future is figuring out what to wear and how to appropriately accessorize the outfit in order to propel a certain impression. I’d like to call the solution to this perplexity “the mullet”: the happy medium of sophistication and funk.
I spotted this Fashionista (dare I say sophisticated-funk master?) walking out of Fordham’s Admissions building, perfecting the medley of proper professionalism with casual collegiate wear. Her ensemble is as polished as it is chic. Her neutral blouse makes an ode to being trendy with the airy chiffon and wrap-over draping at front. Plus, who needs to bring a pencil case to class when you’ve got TWO shirt pockets? Not this gal. Her floral printed shorts add considerable flair to the overall look, fitting her figure appropriately for a formal festivity. Complementing the punchy color scheme of her shorts, she carries the ultimate classroom-meets-corporate bag by Liz Claiborne. The sophisticated structure of the bag deems professional poise without sacrificing style; a double-handled shopper bag is a chic, everyday accessory that coordinates with your entire wardrobe. Focusing attention to her petal-printed shorts and bodacious bag, she dresses her fingers and neck with delicate, everyday wear jewelry.
Though I may not be able to offer sound advice pertaining to keeping flowers thriving, I offer tidbits of advice for keeping premature professional poise alive and well. If you find yourself anticipating “real world” shenanigans but not quite business-casual status, take a cue from this Fashionista in dressing/accessorizing the part!
Spotted: Céline resort 2013 rocked the runway, handling purses like the true fashion phenom it is.