ACCESSORIES REPORT: Not Your Grandma’s Quilt

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Every college student knows the value of either the classic Patagonia half-zip or The North Face pullover as a sensible staple from class time to blending in around the quad. While these comfy and dependable items are ideal as an impromptu last layer, sometimes the unisex fleece look is best left in the closet. To opt against the standard college life look, follow this week’s featured Fashionisto by incorporating a different type of light layering into your day-to-day routine.

This week's Fashionisto was spotted walking around campus in an alternative to the go-to fleece or windbreaker. He stood out of the crowd with his smart and sensible look, while appearing put together and dapper in his quilt-on-quilt get up. Taking a bottom-up approach, he starts the outfit off with a pair of suede chukka boots from J.Crew as a neutral base. He plays off the taupe neutrality of the boots with his best fitting pair of slate corduroys by Jack Spade, and brings in a subtle tease of pattern with his plaid oxford. The Fashionisto tops the outfit off with my favorite pick of the ensemble; his layered outerwear. He chooses a lightweight quilted vest in navy by J Crew to serve a warm base against the elements and transitions seamlessly into the classroom. To complete the textured topper to his ready-for-class ensemble, he pairs the quilted vest with a smartly coordinated Barbour jacket in green with a corduroy collar.

The stylish Notre Dame student this week captures the essence of how a simple change up in wardrobe can have dramatic results. Challenge yourself to leave the fleece behind next time when stepping out for class, and follow this Fashionisto’s lead with a change up to the standard college outfitting.

Spotted: In the Burberry Prorsum fall 2012 runway collection, the essence of alternative light layers for all seasons is captured through he use of leather, suede and creative takes on outwear for men.

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