Geometric shapes, colorful prints, horizontal stripes — fall wardrobes are in full swing here at MSU. This week’s Fashionista shows us how to combine two of her favorite patterns into one eccentric look. Her flowing mini dress shows off hues of periwinkle, charcoal and black, all colors that make it easy to pair with anything. But this Fashionista doesn’t take the easy way out; she paired her dress with a contrasting print. Nautical stripes over a spotted pattern are just the right duo: daring but the basic colors don’t give you a headache.
Name: Amanda Skelly
Major: Law Enforcement
CollegeFashionista: Do you ever feel pressure to dress down for your law enforcement classes? I would assume you don’t see many girls in dresses like you.
Amanda Skelly: Just the opposite actually. I like dressing up for my classes, it makes me stand out in a room full of people with boring outfits. And plus my classes are filled with cute guys; you get the point.
CF: What made you choose two totally different prints, most people would shy away from that option.
AS: Well, like I said before I like to stand out. But if I’m being honest, I saw an outfit like this on a mannequin at Forever 21 last week so I used what I had in my own closet to imitate it.
CF: I love that; is there anywhere else you go to for fashion inspiration?
AS: Yes, I'm always on polyvore.com — it’s what I’m usually doing when I’m avoiding my school work.
How To: You’ll never go wrong with this contrasting trend. When your mind is jumbled with studying, work and a nagging boyfriend, the last thing you want to do is think about matching. For a girly look, take a printed maxi skirt and pair it with a striped long sleeve shirt. If you’re less dainty, wear your printed jeans and a polka-dot top. So tomorrow morning, pick this trend and be ready to make a statement.