Dressing pieces up or down can be a great way to make the items in your closet work harder for you, especially as a college student on a budget. This Fashionista shows us how to take a summer dress and transition it into fall by smartly pairing it with cozy pieces. By using creativity and a little imagination, it is easy to create unique looks with the articles of clothing that you already own.
Name: Maggie McCutchan
Major: Apparel Merchandising
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Maggie McCutchan: I’m wearing an H&M dress and I got my sweater at Urban Outfitters. My boots are from Urban Outfitters too.
CF: What is your advice for taking spring and summer pieces and transitioning them into fall?
MM: I like to do a lot of layering; I’m layering a sweater over this dress that I always wear in the summer anyways. If it was nice weather I would be wearing shorts, but since it’s getting cooler I do layer a lot. Yeah, I just like a lot of layers; they just goes with my style.
CF: What kind of pieces in winter are you most looking forward to wearing?
MM: I really like statement coats. I think they are really fun. It’s nice because in Colorado you really have to bundle up, so it’s nice to look fashionable and wear a fun piece.
CF: Where are your favorite places to shop?
MM: Honestly, I really like thrifting, especially in Fort Collins because there are not a whole lot of places to go. I’ll go to Goodwill or Arc and just find fun stuff that I can wear. So many places give me compliments on what I’m wearing or ask where it’s from! In Fort Collins especially, I love thrifting because if you walk into Urban Outfitters that is the stuff you are going to find anyways. It’s all really in right now.
How to: To emulate the look, break out your favorite summer dress with an interesting pattern. Pair it with an oversized sweater with a unique knit pattern that contrasts well with the dress. Flat, ankle boots and a piece of statement jewelry give the outfit extra class, but still keep the look casual.