ACCESSORIES REPORT: Zig-Zag Swag

Accessories Report

One of the most fun things about attending a university in the heart of downtown Chicago is getting to show off a unique sense of style. It impresses me that Chicagoans especially are able to find that perfect balance of practicality and fashion. The key, I have found, is to dress concisely and straight to the point. This is especially true in winter when you have to get from outdoors to indoors before frostbite sets in. One way many city-dwellers accomplish this “less is more” concept is by creating an outfit that surrounds a bag.

This Fashionista, for example, chose a backpack with a pretty distinct style aesthetic. The backpack itself has a bold pattern that stems from a bohemian or tribal realm. It definitely caters to the layered look she is sporting. I appreciate the overall naturalness of the outfit from the faded jeans, slouchy sweater and print top. The print top particularly plays well with the fun patterns on the backpack. It’s also hard to go wrong with a classic pair of Chucks to tie everything together. The outfit in a way takes me back to summer and gives a nice opposition to the darker colors people tend to go for.

This outfit is comfortable and simple with a bit of a grungy, street vibe. Often times, folks downtown dress quite professionally, although I welcome the relaxed change of pace from this Fashionista. Instead of opting for a structured tote, the looser backpack presents a new kind of edge that brings about a different beat. Backpacks, tote bags and sacks alike are all an important factor to staying fashionably functional.

Spotted: Tribal prints are abound in Mara Hoffman’s fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection. Her collection maintains a sleek sense of sophistication with an added effortless boho appeal. Hoffman’s aesthetic parallels the comfy-chic personal style of this week’s Fashionista.

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