After three months of summer, (read: extreme heat) fall has finally arrived; with it, the annual frantic search for an appropriate wardrobe and start of a new college year. For many, the start of semester might cause groans and grumbles as they consider essays, homework and a part time job. However, all of this can be combated with a splash of colour when preparing a fall wardrobe.
This duo stood out not only for their matching sweaters, but also for their choice of a bold colour palette to welcome in semester one. Red, blue and white bring to mind all the delights of a beachside summer, but the combination of these bright colours is made instantly fall appropriate with mustard brown plaid shirts.
Knits and shirts are a classic combination for the start of the cooler months, but these two have made the look very now by clashing prints and colour palettes. Anchoring this with a plain denim jean has kept the look from being too riotous, and the severe black glasses also keep the look more urbane.
The colour coordination between tops and shoes brings both ensembles together; one Fashionisto paired bright red Nike basketball shoes with the red of his raglan tee, the other pairing brown sneakers with a pale brown shirt. Watering such bold, summer colours down with more neutral tones works really well in terms of keeping the look seasonally appropriate.
The nonchalance that these students possess in their clothing is ultimately what makes each look work. Despite having many sartorial similarities, each Fashionisto has an individual sense of style that they clearly feel comfortable in. The same might be said for the personalities of both of them. One clearly has a sportier, hip-hop vibe, whilst the other is dressed in a more preppy fashion. I love that despite their different senses of style, they have a common ground that they meet on.
Hint: To extend your summer wardrobe into fall, try layering different prints for both warmth and a bolder look. Blocking prints was a big trend during January’s men’s fashion weeks; looks by both Prada and Givenchy spring to mind. An easy way to start print blocking might be to combine different coloured plaids or checks in a shirt and blazer. Once you feel comfortable with that, you can start blocking pants with tops and tops with shoes – the options are endless.