Going into my senior year means many things. Mostly it means that I have braved three years of college and now being oldest at the school I’m ready for a new chapter to start. In this transitional phase I have reverted back to the basics. Freshman and sophomore year, I remember being infatuated with mixing and matching unseemly clashing prints. I wore bright colors and took as what we like to call “fashion risks,” layering necklaces and piling on accessories.
As my years of college have slipped by I’ve slowly become more minimal. Now, I’m rarely in more jewelry than my trusty watch and The Brave Collection bracelet. Spending last semester in London, I definitely went with the crowd and gravitated towards dark colors and easy silhouettes. This past summer I interned at Vogue Magazine where I learned wear-ability and function trump a killer editorial look, unless of course it’s for a Grace Coddington spread or the Met Gala. When push comes to shove, comfort is key, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look great while doing so and Macy’s mstylelab was just the perfect help.
Here I am, in Else jeans in all three looks. Lately, I’ve really been feeling ripped jeans, adding a touch of ‘90s grunge to my aesthetic. It only felt natural after a semester in London constantly listening to ‘90s music with friends; we practically had Spice Girls and New Kids on the Block on repeat. A wardrobe throwback was in order. I tend to find a silhouette or garment I like and run with it until I feel like parting with it for now. The ripped jean is that thing for me at the moment and we can’t seem to go our separate ways. But what’s so great about it is that is works for all three looks which happen to be quite different.
I believe in the notion that every girl should have a great white blouse. Mine is Rachel by Rachel Roy—quite a versatile top that got me from an internship to a night out. It goes great on its own or paired with a jacket, like I did in this Alfani one. For internship purposes, I added a sling-back to pull my look together—one can never really go wrong in a great sling-back. For my night out, I simply added the jacket and changed my shoe to a chunky black platform sandal. (Told you I’m on a ‘90s kick!)
When heading to class I usually throw on a comfortable top or sweater. I’ve been a stripe advocate since probably before I can remember and I haven’t looked back. It always feels fresh and adds a nautical touch. Here, I’m in a Lauren by Ralph Lauren stripe top. What I particularly love about this one is the camel suede elbow patches and zipper detailing on the shoulder. A striped shirt quickly reads as a nod to summer days but the suede accents propel me forward to fall. I switched out my heels for an easy pony-hair flat. Tying my hair in a top-knot keeps my hair out of my face for class, able to focus and ready for the day ahead.