Colleges and universities fall semester breaks’ are terminating too soon and students are returning to the chaotic and rigorous lifestyle of late nights and even earlier mornings. With the natural pressures associated with college academics, often students put their fashion on the back burner. This Fashionisto teaches us that comfortable-casual is possible to pull off while still remaining a fashion edge. With his cuffed sleeves, simple blue plaid pattern, and rugged jeans, he maintains a cool vibe, despite his overloaded book bag.
The past two years, Fashionistos and Fashionista have taken to the “plaid fad” in all formations and garments. On Urban Outfitters, if you search “plaid” you’ll find everything from classic button downs to dresses to unisex skinny ties. The indie original look has undergone a metamorphism into the go-to item for casual, lazy days. Now, the typical plaid button down has been embellished by accents like drawstring ties and hoods, such as this Fashionistos. You can wear them with comfortable jeans or dark colored pants in shades like forest green, burgundy, or beige. Plaid’s versatility is perfect as the exams begin to pile up and papers seem endless.
Fashionistas can avoid the grunge “lumberjack” air by wearing their plaid leggings and boots for an urban-casual feel. Oversized men’s shirts are great for belting and wearing as a dress. More plaid shirts are being offered in wrinkle free fabrics, like this one from Orvis, so you can save time ironing and still look clean-cut. Timberland offers a wide variety of shirts that are perfect for Fashionistos and Fashionistas.
Don’t let the overwhelming stress of midterms keep your style from shining through. Choose a basic plaid style and make it original with accessorizes like long necklaces, belts, and scarves. Don’t get mad, get plaid!