FASHION FROM ABROAD: Bows Over Bags

Fashion From Abroad

Back in Birmingham, I had a bad habit of taking “Casual Friday” as literally as I could get away with. Tank top and leggings seemed well-deserved after a week of pencil skirts and shift dresses. However, dressing up on a Friday can give us a little motivation to get through our last few classes and to the weekend.

This Fashionista shows us that casual never has to be sloppy. Her printed dress is casual without being understated. The quilt work is an unexpected alternative to the tribal prints rampant in the streets. The light fabric is perfect for a warm afternoon, once she removes her denim jacket.

Being the girly-girl that I am, bows everywhere in my closet at home — bags, shoes, necklaces and hair accessories. I felt extra nostalgic as I saw this Fashionista’s cognac cross-body bag. Studying abroad means living out of a suitcase for a semester. My biggest packing regret is not bringing enough accessories, especially my go-to pieces.

The quilting and the bow allow the bag to serve as a statement piece without changing the color scheme of her outfit. Want to mix it up a little bit? Making a statement does not always require design but rather color-blocking like an adorable cross-body bag like this Rebecca Minkoff option.

Nude shoes, whether they be patent pumps or suede oxfords, can be worn with the majority of your closet, during any season. This Fashionista used the cut-outs as an opportunity to show off her tights during a breezy morning. Cut-outs are the perfect way to show off a killer tan in summer but these oxfords are much more daytime appropriate than a neon wrap dress.

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