STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Polka-Dot Prep

Style Advice of the Week

Nothing screams fall fashion quite like opulence.  We’ve played around with winter-wear à la Alexander McQueen and Chanel, and we all love our statement pieces. So what’s next? When everything last season said “More is more,” designers are doing the opposite this spring. Expect to see flattering, simple cut shapes and basic color palettes. Ruffles, sheer fabrics, geometric prints and Asian-inspired ensembles have all been named trends for spring. Perhaps the most popular trend to return is the contrast between black and white.  You can’t get much simpler than that combination. Black and white are classic, contemporary and timeless.

In the coming months before spring, incorporate these future trends to stay ahead of the game. This Fashionista makes a simple statement in her polka-dot top and preppy blazer. I love the militaristic gold buttons and black accents. She wears J.Crew’s Pixie Pant, which, in my opinion, is a must have in every girl’s closet. The pant is thicker than a pair of standard leggings. They look great tucked into boots for the fall, or when they are worn with a blazer and a pair of flats in the spring. Say goodbye to the boho-chic ensemble–layered bracelets, loose fitting knits and messy hair–and start dressing more modern and polished. As for beauty, the perfect additions to an early spring outfit that is preppy in style are a sleek pony tail, red nails and a great pair of faux reading glasses.

You’ll notice that this Fashionista’s bag is a little more grown up and large enough to carry books, yet it is small enough to hold a resume for those of you applying for jobs or internships. Invest in handbags like this one because they are classic and you’ll never have to worry about going out of style.

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