Winter is in full swing here in Bloomington and as much as I love the snow, sometimes my wardrobe can feel a little boring. I mean I can only wear the same pant, sweater and boot combo so many times before I never want to wear them again. So what’s the solution? It’s actually quite simple: pair items you wouldn’t usually consider wearing together for a refreshed look.
Before you begin to protest that you can’t wear black and brown together or that wearing multiple patterns is too much, take a breath and check out the Fashionisto’s outfit I spotted just outside the library. At first glance this outfit looks pretty standard, but after close inspection you can see how his style savvy skills came into play. This Fashionisto keeps his outfit pretty casual by pairing Gap straight-leg corduroys with an Urban Outfitters striped sweater. When you take a closer look, you’ll notice how he carefully chose a black button-down with checkered lining to pull out the dark stitching in the sweater. He pulls his outfit together by rocking some vintage black kicks. His light brown cords balance the dark tones of his other pieces.
Now here at Indiana, school spirit is everywhere. However, sometimes spirit wear can be a bit pricy. You may be surprised to learn that other retailers besides your school’s bookstore and other local shops sell clothes for your school. This Fashionisto snagged his gray IU puffer jacket from T.J.Maxx. By capping off his look with an IU snapback, this Fashionisto shows us he can rep his school spirit without relying on the usual T-shirt or sweatshirt.
Hint: If you are wary of mixing patterns, try color blocking. Choose a colored pant, a subdued hue like burgundy works and a burnt orange sweater with brown loafers. The colors won’t be overwhelming, but your look will definitely be more interesting.