CollegeFashionista X Macy’s: mstylelab at The University of Texas

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Every Fashionista and Fashionisto has their own distinct way of choosing what they will sport on their college campus. Whether it’s self-expression or comfort, there is always an underlying reason behind that certain ’90s grunge combo or oversized sweater that you opt for. When I first started college, every night before class I would consciously choose what I would wear the next day and that included the entire ensemble, that is, I would select everything down to the shoes and necklace. For the most part, my shoes consisted of shoes that showed no signs of support and I would regularly opt for jeans over any other bottoms. I think those decisions spouted from my denial that I was at a huge university in the middle of Texas. Three years later, I still consciously choose what I wear to class, but I have a different approach—I now consider comfort and where on campus I will be. The key to my simple criteria trickles down to the art of layering. Thanks to mstylelab at Macy’s, this art can be easily mastered.

Because the temperature in Austin constantly shifts from 80-degree weather to 30-degrees within the matter of hours, I have learned that you are not safe to go to school in just shorts during the winter season. For my first outfit, I wear my white shorts with these Steve Madden knee highs and channel my obsession for graphic tees with an Eric + Lani deer sweater that I treat as a long-sleeved shirt. But I don’t stop there. For days when I spend hours in the library, an extra layer always comes in handy and this chambray button-down does the trick. Once I step outside I can quickly peel away my layers and channel my inner grunge by tying it around my waist.

For my second look, I keep my layers minimal, sporting only a Bar III leather jacket over a chiffon button-down for a biker chic look. This quilted leather jacket is a must-have for supreme layering too. Try it on over an oversized graphic tee and pair it with a beanie for a Cara Delevigne inspired look. A couple semesters back, I would have never imagined that I would wear white jeans with a pair of tennis shoes, but things have changed in the year 2013 for me. These New Balance sneaks are the perfect shoe for days when I know I will be standing for seven plus hours, designing in the sewing lab. I remain comfortable at all hours and yet still remain true to my personal style. I have worn these with leggings and an oversized sweater and parka combo too, and they are the perfect shoe for a Fashionisto or Fashionista who attends a university with a huge campus.

On days when the weather is cool and I only have one or two lecture based classes, I like to keep it simple with a thin long sleeved shirt and a faux fur vest. These American Rag tops are the perfect lightweight and soft shirts with an ideal neckline for school. Because the classrooms are kept at a warmer temperature, the vest stands as the quintessential added layer for class.

My philosophy regarding layers is deeply rooted in the idea that they can quickly be added or removed. They minimize the feeling of being too cold or too hot and overall maximize your comfort. Visit the mstylelab to start mastering the art of layering. Once your start layering, you will never go back!

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