April showers bring May flowers, but savvy Fashionistas don’t wait around for Mother Nature’s permission to dress well — they use the rain to show off their wet weather attire! This particular Fashionista looks traffic-stopping in a bright red anorak jacket paired with a purple sweater and brightly striped scarf for added warmth. With tall boots to trek through rogue puddles and colorful layers to ward off rainy chill, she models the possibility of dressing for spring while respecting April’s unpredictable weather.
Name: Lizzie Helpling
Major: Economics with minors in Constitutional Studies and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Lizzie Helpling: I am wearing a sweater from American Eagle Outfitters, a purple droop-neck shirt from The Limited, jeans from American Eagle Outfitters and boots from Nordstrom. My red coat is also from Nordstrom and my scarf is from J.Crew.
CF: What was your motivation for this outfit?
LH: This is a comfortable and classy outfit that I like to wear when I attend events that are casual but that you want to look nice for. The purple shirt combo looks professional yet modern, and I like the different combinations of fabrics and the way the purples look together.
CF: What are you most looking forward to about spring fashion?
LH: I cannot wait to wear rompers again! I also really love wearing bright shorts and cardigans. I’m not really excited about the new trends in florals, but maybe something more exciting will come along.
CF: How would you characterize your own style?
LH: I like clothes that are comfortable and that allow me to move, and I like my clothes to reflect how I want to feel. I don’t think dull colors are boring at all — you just have to pair them with a splash of color to make them interesting! I always like to make my outfits just a little bit extraordinary, whether by pairing green jeans with a yellow cardigan or by adding bright dangly earrings to an otherwise neutral outfit. My fashion philosophy is pretty simple: if you’re not excited about wearing it, no one else will be excited about seeing you in it!
How To: Wet clothes aren’t exactly a thrill to wear, so cover up your jeans and light pink pullover or green Theyskens’ Theory sweater with a statement-making jacket like this gorgeous periwinkle anorak from Ali Ro. Tan Hunter wellies make a functional and even fashionable companion to a solid rain jacket, but make sure they’re tall enough to keep you dry! Add a Burberry geometric printed scarf to tie the look together, and consider sporting big earrings or a chunky Marc by Marc Jacobs bracelet to truly defy any dreary weather you may face.