In a surprising turn of events, Memorial Day on VCU’s campus was not as drab as previous days have been. Light rain fell, but most of the day was warm and calm. This allowed Fashionistos, like this one, to don more summer-inspired attire. This Fashionisto transforms the ever-popular nautical theme into a trendy summer look with new twists — most notably, the bold color scheme throughout the outfit, consisting of pink, blue and white. Since the pink pants really stand out, the ensemble is balanced with the tan shade of his accessories. These accessories are what make his outfit markedly nautical, besides his blue and white striped T-shirt, of course. He pairs Sperry Top-Sider’s Chukkas with a Timex watch from J.Crew, and sports a pair of Han Kjobenhavn sunglasses. On the very top sits a ribbon-wrapped fedora hat. One might assume said hat is also from a store like J.Crew, however this purchase was made at Ross. Discount stores like Ross can be used to in combination with brand-name stores to create an outfit on a budget.
These accessory pieces are sometimes known to accentuate a very preppy look. However, this Fashionisto combines them in a way that looks summery, casual and fashion-forward. This shows fellow Fashionistos that shoes like Sperry Top-Siders, which are typically overlooked unless preppy is desired, can be worn in more versatile ways this summer.
Hint: Keep the silhouettes simple but make the colors pop, and always add on fun and complementing accessories. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone into other styles. Mix the new styles with your own this summer to create exciting and refreshing looks!