I think neutrals are an underrated part of every Fashionista’s closet. Everyone always seems to be talking about print and pattern. The dialogue varies between stripes, floral, polka-dot, plaid and even tropical themed Hawaiian schemes (cue Prada’s men’s spring collection). Although I agree that patterns add spice and that combining prints can result in stellar looks, sometimes, I just want a break. That’s where neutrals come in. Nothing is chicer than an all black ensemble with gold tone accents or a full-on white and tan outfit. It is clean-cut, sophisticated and best of all, simple. When my closet gets overwhelming and all I can see is clashing colors and patterns, my black maxi skirt or white, silk button-down provide stability and unity where I thought there was none. This Fashionista took a hint from the basics and shows just how little pattern and print it takes to create a show-stopping look.
Name: Libby Glerum
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where is it from?
Libby Glerum: I’m wearing a Free People sweater, a black skirt that’s so old I can’t remember where it’s from and Sam Edelman flats which are the most comfortable brand of flats I’ve ever found! All the jewelry is from Nordstrom.
CF: Where do you usually shop?
LG: Nordstrom is my favorite department store, but I also love Madewell, J.Crew and E Street Denim (a denim-lover’s paradise in the Chicago suburbs). I also have a few unique pieces from boutiques that I like to mix in with my more traditional style.
CF: What’s your favorite item in your closet?
LG: My favorite piece is either my chambray button-down from Madewell or my black maxi dress from Target (Target always has great cotton dresses). Both are versatile and comfortable but still stylish.
CF: What inspires your style?
LG: At Vanderbilt, there are style inspirations everywhere you turn. While it’s mostly preppy, students bring all sorts of styles to the table. I also like looking at fashion blogs online and staying up to date with the latest season’s offerings from my favorite stores’ websites.
CF: What are some of your favorite trends for the fall?
LG: After seeing the fall collections, I’ve noticed that pastels are everywhere. I’m currently on the lookout for a pastel top to go with my supply of dark jeans and flats that I live in during the fall. And let’s be honest, after Nashville’s August and September heat, I think we’re all looking forward to pulling out our comfy-cute sweaters and boots as well.
CF: What do you usually wear around campus?
LG: When I go to class, I’m usually wearing a casual top with a skirt or dark jeans, although sometimes I spend the entire day in workout clothes if it’s just that kind of day. When I feel like dressing up a little more, I like wearing a simple dress with statement earrings.
How To: To recreate this Fashionista’s tried and true classic ensemble, start with a staple black skirt. Because the color black is a basic, you can experiment with different shapes, like this flouncy version or this A-line one. Then, add a white or ivory sweater and some metallic gray ballet flats. Keep the jewelry simple as well by sticking with delicate chains and rings in gold and silver tones.