Fashionista Spotlight

Black and white solid ensembles tend to have a bad rep about being too formal or too plain. As soon as I spotted this Fashionista, that stigma flew out of the window. Sure, it may be a classic outfit, but it is far from boring. This white collared blouse has hidden lace details around the neck, which gives this piece that dates way back a fresh new look. Pairing this outfit with a statement necklace, detailed loafers and a bold handbag creates an ideal spinoff of a business casual outfit in a very feminine way.

Name: Mariah Toler

Major: Retail and Consumer Science

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What was the inspiration behind your outfit today?

Mariah Toler: The inspiration for my outfit today was all about being business casual. I wanted to look professional, but also trendy at the same time. 

CF: When dressing for class, do you prefer being trendy over comfortable?

MT: I like to be both trendy and comfortable. I feel that you can still be stylish and comfortable in a pair of jeggings with a cute top and nice flats. When you are in class all day, comfort becomes a necessity.

CF: What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe right now? Why?

MT: My favorite piece has to be a denim jacket. For spring and summer, I can dress it up with a pair of leggings or pair it with a maxi dress.

CF: What is the driving force behind your outfit when you get dressed every day? 

MT:  My mood is definitely the driving force behind my outfit when I get dressed every day. Some days I wake up feeling extra girly so I may wear florals and other days I may opt for a pair of ripped skinny jeans and graphic T-shirt.

How To: Recreating this outfit is like beginning with a blank canvas. Start with your basics of black pants and a button-down, then let your creativity come out through your accessories. Finding a girly spin on this white blouse is where your style will also shine through. Add a bold necklace in a monochromatic shade that complements the details on the blouse, as well as a complementary bracelet. Pair this outfit with a pair of loafers that accentuate the other feminine details and add a bold handbag like this Michael Kors to give you a universally professional outfit.



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