The first day of class was always a day I looked forward to in my elementary school days. My outfit would be chosen weeks in advance, along with an “outfit blueprint,” detailing every accessory, hairstyle, nail color and lipstick I would be pairing it with. It was a chance to show everyone just how creative I could be, while showcasing how much I had changed over the summer. While first days at college surely aren’t the same, I continue to eagerly dress for the occasion by creating an ensemble that’s fit for extreme climate changes (AKA classrooms and lecture halls), catching up with old friends and giving a glimpse of what I’m like to those I haven’t met.
This Fashionista did just the same. She caught my attention in our early Two-Dimensional Design class, exploding with rich patterns and colors — what could be more appropriate? Her cotton dress is comfy-chic and accessorized with a colorful leather belt, patterned scarf, patterned cross-body bag and several closet staples. Who doesn’t own a trusty pair of leggings and a blazer these days? Her oversized eyeglasses even have a hint of animal print against a bright pink frame. The mixing and matching of her prints is nearly endless! Ultimately, she is able to redefine comfort in her own way, making it fun, while managing to break the typical yoga-pants-and-tee outfit too many people reach for in the early morning. What’s even better about her outfit is its ability to take her into the day for any event her day may bring.
One Simple Change: Heading off to work after class? Switch out the patterned dress and leggings for a soft, white shirt and high-waisted tailored pants for a look that’s professional and clean. Your patterned scarf and bag will keep your professional outfit fun, while a blazer, like this Fashionista’s, will pull it all together (and keep any sheerness conservative). The end result will be a fabulously structured outfit fit for a business environment. Learning to balance color and print will benefit you in every outfit you will ever wear.