Who says the Fourth of July can be the only occasion to flaunt American pride? It’s time to kick that wardrobe stereotype and show off more red, white and blue. Fall weather calls for shorts and tank top hibernation, but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to bright colors for six months. When paired correctly, bright and dark color combinations prove to be visually attractive, as well as efficient seasonal outfit recycling.
America stands for freedom, and the freedom of dress represents each unique individual. Too often, we see repetition on repetition of the everyday basic polo and khaki combination. Where’s the bold dresser hiding? Does the hesitation to skew away from the outfit norm go along with the concept of not wearing a holiday-themed garment due to stigma from our peers? All I know is that whenever I see an outfit that differentiates itself from the sea of conformity, there’s an obvious radiance of self-confidence glowing from the student stepping away from the crowd.
This Fashionisto’s unique sense of style puts his American pride to tasteful use, pairing the summery flag button-down with dark wash jeans appropriate for fall. Rolling the hems of the jeans into cuffs, he exposes the intricate detail of the leather cowboy boots that complete his look. After all, cowboy boots represent our southern school better than all the boat shoes on campus. Not afraid to mix his patterns, he sports a leopard print backpack, a print that’s trending into fall this season. This Fashionisto dares to be different and confidently stands out, inspiring others to consider keep the idea of summer around a little bit longer.
Hint: Just because summer is over doesn’t mean our summer pieces are retired until next year. As mentioned above, pairing summer and fall colors is essentially experimenting with bright and dark pair-ups. Mixing patterns can look overwhelming, but can be managed with accessories. Rather than wearing two different prints from top to bottom, incorporate the idea into shoes, bags or scarves. A print shirt with a different pattern shoe can work nicely together when a solid wash jean or pant separates the two.