Style Advice of the Week

With the arrival of the new year comes new resolutions, new classes and most importantly, new trends! Across the campus of JMU students rock their new winter threads, usually accompanied with many warm accessories due to the snow that still covers the grounds. Winter is my favorite fashion season because I love all the opportunities it provides. You can maximize on your use of color with colored tights, scarfs and pants. Additionally, wearing layers to keep yourself warm actually adds dimension and depth to any outfit.

For some, however, fashion comes second to sleep and it is hard to wake up and change out of sweats for class, especially on a day when it is cold and dreary. This Fashionisto shows that comfort can be stylish and that you don’t have to go over the top to look good. He paired two soft materials together, corduroy and cashmere, to create a relaxed yet trendy look. His corduroy pants are a classic navy blue, which helps to accent his patterned Urban Outfitters cashmere sweater. The deep colors are appropriate for the winter season, because unlike pastels, they create a more vibrant look. This Fashionisto finished off his look with timeless Sperry Top-Siders boat shoes but I think that Clarks boots would have been a great, sassy alternative.

Girls, in order to get your boyfriends to dress nicely, you have to remember that for them, the most important thing is comfort. Pairing a soft thermal from L.L. Bean with a colored cotton sweater from J.Crew is a win-win because not only will they look put together but it’s a wearable and warm outfit. You can incorporate different patterns such as a plaid or striped shirt with a plain sweater, or vice versa. Don’t be afraid to mix two different patterns or color combinations together. My personal favorite is my deep plum Lacoste sweater paired with a multi-colored American Eagle Outfitters checkered thermal. Because its so gray in the winter, you can never have too many colors.

If you are going for more of a hipster vibe, pick up an old thermal from the thrift store or you can steal your dad’s old ones like I do. It is important to remember that fashion doesn’t always have to be flashy, classic stores like Eddie Baur and Vineyard Vines swear by comfort, just as long as it makes a statement!


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