Every September, I make big plans to look put-together and polished over the course of the school year. In my mind, I show up to class looking like Cher Horowitz from Clueless, my hair perfectly smooth and knee socks pulled up high. But the thing is, I never actually bring my fantasies of prepped-up glamour to life. Seriously, what kind of college student has the time or energy to blow-dry her hair or coordinate her cardigan with her blazer? What kind of college student even owns a blazer?
Truth be told, my sartorial reality is more on par with Tai pre-makeover. But this Fashionista, whose look is easy but intriguing, proves there’s a way to look stylish without too much effort. All it takes is two standout pieces to create a cool but uncluttered ensemble. Follow her lead on sluggish mornings when the thought of ironing a button-down (or, let’s be real, buttoning one) pains you.
Getting dressed for class is a snap when your outfit is a single article of clothing. This dress is great because its multiple prints create visual interest without extra fuss. Free People makes a sheer floral frock with a similar romantic feel. The blossoming prints in this dress by ModCloth complement each another perfectly. On chillier days, opt for something with more coverage. This prairie dress from the early ’70s, which features stripes in addition to two floral prints, is absolutely gorgeous.
This Fashionista’s choice in footwear is daring and a little offbeat, but I think it works perfectly here. The bright blue color lends a modern punch to an otherwise demure outfit. Their woven surface adds some variation to the look. Give your doubly floral dress some flair with texturally interesting blue sandals like these ruched beauties by Pierre Hardy. When it cools down a bit, swap ‘em out for chunky oxfords like these turquoise ones from Frye.
Add accessories if you’ve got time, but as this Fashionista demonstrates, this look works just fine on its own. Grab your backpack and some coffee and you’re good to go. Someday you’ll show up to class in a plaid skirt suit and heels, but let’s face it: today is not that day. Until then, take the shortcut. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.