STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Prints Meet Princesses

Style Advice of the Week

I spotted these two tomboy-chic Fashionistas while passing through Prudential Center.  They looked casual and comfortable, but still managed to look trendy and adorable.

The Fashionista to the left achieved this by rocking bold, colorful stripes, but upgraded the look with a great pair of faded rust-colored skinnies. Instead of pulling on a sweater and jeans, she took it to the next level by experimenting with color. The comfy boat shoes were cute, but useful enough to survive the amount of walking Boston college students have to do.

On the right, there’s an ikat patterned scarf, which is perfect for petite girls. Bold scarves draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of more height.  I don’t know if some coordination was involved, but the rust button-down is perfect for the look because it tones down the scarf while acting as a cool, laid-back piece by itself.  I also really liked her lace-up boots because they were black and tied the outfit together when paired with the black of the scarf.

Both girls used black and rust as their main color themes even though they used different prints to spice it up. They also both chose practical shoes, but carried cute purses to keep the equation in balance. To recreate their looks, pick a color to tie everything together, but don’t be afraid to mix in colorful and printed pieces of your choosing — for example, red, black and white. This gorgeous dress by Prabal Gurung features a rad print, but the black collar and vertical line really tones down the look and makes it wearable. These unbelievably high yet functional Jeffrey Campbell Litas would also be amazing in contrast with a little black dress. This cool mesh top from Urban Outfitters can definitely work with some high-waisted black shorts.

Don’t take fashion too seriously, and dress for your lifestyle. As fun as it is to dress like Emily from The Devil Wears Prada, it wouldn’t make sense for the average college student to do so. It’s so easy to think of fashion as being for icy, warrior-like “dragon ladies,” and these two reminded me of how accessible style really is. It’s important to keep in mind what you’ll be doing and where you’re going as you get dressed. It’s basically a death wish to brave heels on the cobblestone streets of Boston, and there’s no need to smear on a gray smoky eye every morning when all you’re doing is trying not to fall asleep in microeconomics. It was so refreshing to see these two Fashionistas with bare faces and hair undamaged by heat tools! I love that there’s a difference between high fashion and street style, and I think prints and color are the perfect tools to amping up the latter. Because the outfits were age-appropriate and fashionable without trying too hard, they were the embodiment of what Isaac Mizrahi meant when he said, “You can’t be melancholy in fashion because people don’t respond to it.”



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