Like sisters, Fashionistas/os have a sort of unspeakable connection that can only be understood by true style nerds themselves. I met this Fashionista in my favorite secret hangout: a small local nail salon where the prices are cheap and aesthetics are designer worthy. We instantly started chatting over O.P.I’s new Vintage Mini Mouse collection when I noticed her electrifying silk cobalt blue romper.
I have always been a fan of cobalt blue. It’s bright, powerful and tends to look good on almost everyone. Unfortunately, I find that people are sometimes shy of adding bright colors to their wardrobe, worrying that they’re too pronounced for the workplace, or not knowing how to pair them other items they already own. However, this can be easily solved by copying this Fashionista and choosing one strong color for the base of your outfit and adding subtle accessories to complement it. She chose a white Marc Jacobs watch and light grey Club Monaco Bonnie bracelet mixed with silver rings to complete her look.
On the other hand, you could work with multiple colored pieces to achieve one of summer 2012’s biggest trends: color blocking. Color blocking is all about strategically mixing distinct bold and bright colors. Designers like Diane von Furstenberg have combined such looks in their ready-to-wear runway collections to achieve the perfect statement outfits. By wearing and incorporating powerful colors, Fashionistas/os have the ability to stand out, letting others know they mean business. This is a particular helpful tip for any student trying to land their ideal job/internship. British Vogue mentions “loud and proud color combinations make for a dynamic, confident look,” forcing perspective bosses to not only remember you but also want you on their team.
In particular, cobalt blue has been on many red-carpet celebrities like Demi Moore and Rosario Dawson. However, other colors like vivid pinks and audacious greens also work to create memorable style, turning heads as you walk down your own personal runway — whether that’s a red carpet or the main street on campus.
After bonding over favorite designers and travel destinations it seemed like this Fashionista and I were old friends. We each chose to get our nails done in The Color of Minnie, an illuminating red to add a new dynamic pop of color to our outfits. While she was off to meet a friend for lunch, I went home and was inspired to design my outfit for the evening, consisting of a cobalt blue silk dress from Aritzia and a pair of neutral pumps — guaranteed to stand out among a crowd of little black dresses.