It’s great to finally be back at our wonderful learning institution! There are two things I’ve learned for certain while attending USC. Number one: Columbia in August is absolutely unbearably hot. This famously hot city or the armpit of the South, as some folks call it, definitely deserves its nicknames. Number two: most every classroom is freezing cold. So you can see an obvious dilemma. What does one wear? When I’m making my trek to class I wish it were acceptable to have on as little clothes as possible. Although on a normal basis I would not want to resemble Miley Cyrus at last week’s VMAs, the heat makes me think of crazy solutions. But then I walk into my classroom, sit down and realize I have entered the artic tundra. In the words of Katy Perry, “You’re hot, then you’re cold,” and this is always a predicament when it comes to choosing an outfit.
This week, I ran into a Fashionista who found the perfect combination for the extreme temperature changes. Her solution: a cardigan that also happens to be extremely fashionable. I’m about to make three quarters of USC’s girl population hate me in the next few sentences. I usually hate chevron. The thought of horizontal zigzag stripes on articles of clothing, or anything else for that matter, makes me cringe. My loathing for the print started last football season, where half of the girls at the game wore THE SAME garnet and black chevron printed dress. There was no diversity. But I have to be honest; this Fashionista proved me wrong about this pattern. It can look amazing and also be worn in a unique way! My favorite part about this cardigan is the tribal print embroidered detail on the sleeves. It makes the piece look different from everyday chevron items. Chic and practical, this item will not only keep this Fashionista warm but also make her stand out.
A white tank top, black denim shorts, a pair of studded strappy sandals and lots of accessories complete her ensemble. These pieces complement her printed cardigan flawlessly. When wearing a bold print, sometimes it is better to tone down the rest of the outfit.
Small, simple differences in an article of clothing can make a huge difference. This week, embrace what makes you diverse from a crowd. To me, individual style is the most important part of fashion. Finding and wearing unique pieces gives you a personal style and will help you stand out on a large campus.