As this is my last article for CollegeFashionista, I would like to talk about the most important fashion tip/advice you’ll ever hear: your personal style. No matter the trend or fad make sure the outfit is who you are. Your ensemble is an interpretation of yourself. So as much advice as I’ve been giving this past summer on how to re-create certain looks or an outfit, these tips are really more for inspiration and to be interpreted in your own way. You want to communicate to the world who you are, not who someone else is or wants you to be.
When shopping with friends I’ve been asked multiple times, “What should I get?” or “What looks good on me?” I start first with asking “What pieces stick out to you?” After they’ve gathered a handful of pieces we begin to create an outfit using basic style and design elements. First we go through fit — do these pieces fit right? Why or why not. Next we take a look at the design elements and consider how the pieces can work together or what can be added to the mix to communicate their own personal style. For example, stripes are a big trend and add visual interest depending on how it is worked. Adding vertical stripes to the mix will add visual height and the contrasting colors of the stripes will be sure to stand out. Lastly, we go through the accessories that can be added to complete the ensemble and make it their own.
Take this Fashionisto for example — he has fit, trend, but above all he has his own personal style. The plaid short sleeve button-up is not only fitted appropriately for the Fashionisto, but also a growing trend and visually pleasing. The Fashionisto makes this ensemble his own by adding a pair of chino shorts, which shifts this outfit toward the casual side while still staying trendy. Finally, the Fashionisto adds boat shoes and a backward baseball cap as accessories to complete his casual, strolling out on the quad style.
Hint: There’s no one better to be than yourself.