As we all return to school, some of us will be beginning new campus jobs or part-time internships. Unless you are one of the fortunate ones who managed to schedule a day off during the week, you may encounter a challenges on the mornings of your work or internship days in choosing an outfit that seamlessly transitions from the classroom to the office and finally to the dining hall. Not to mention, a look that also balances style and sophistication. Tackle that challenge with this Fashionisto’s classic look, which is right on trend.
This Fashionisto takes the fall/winter trend of checks and point blanket inspiration from the runway to the pathway by pairing a light blue, gingham button-down with a tri-color striped tie. He simultaneously emphasizes and balances this mix of patterns by wearing a solid navy blue V-neck pullover that affectively draws the eye to the blue in his tie, and thus the pattern combo as it frames the lines of his shirt collar. He paired these pieces with khakis and light-brown oxfords that are a couple shades darker than the wash of his khakis. This creates an appearance of added height. Also, note how this Fashionisto’s dark-wash khakis are similar in tone to his sweater, which creates visual fluidity to his look. Take this base and make it your own. This Fashionisto shows some personal flare by accessorizing with his black square-framed glasses, silver watch and yellow SledgeStrong bracelet. This bracelet is in support of raising awareness about mental illnesses among juveniles and is just one way to express your style vibe! He earns extra style points for the fact that the cool silver of his watch complements the blues in his outfit, and that his bracelet draws on the yellow in his tie.
Aside from the comfort and subtle, but apparent incorporation of this season’s trends, the most appealing aspect of his outfit to a Fashionisto is that you probably already have each piece in your closet. Note the wardrobe staples — a gingham shirt, diagonally striped tie, v-neck sweater, khakis and oxford lace-ups.
Hint: To pull off the subtlety of this pattern combo, pick a tie and shirt that are different shades of the same color (e.g, light blue and navy blue, as shown). Also, select your shirt and tie based upon the visual similarity of their patterns. Because this Fashionisto’s shirt and tie are both of a linear pattern, the diagonal stripes create a contrast to the vertical and horizontal stripes of his checkered shirt. The curvature of a paisley tie on the other hand would be visually distracting if paired with a checkered shirt. Those are the key tricks to subtly rocking pattern combos and two of the winter season’s runway trends. It also helps to pick one color as a base color for your outfit. Not a fan of blue? Try a grass green or hunter green combo or a gray/black combo. Lastly, choose khakis in a darker wash to keep it youthful. Show me your adaptation of this look. I’d love to see a Fashionisto rock this look with a medium wash denim and navy-blue Timberlands. Have another idea? Tweet me a pic #CFViralStyle and it could be retweeted by me for my fellow CollegeFashionista followers to see!