STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Transition Boots

Style Advice of the Week

Although it’s technically spring here in Spokane, the weather has yet to show us much warmth. The mornings are chilly and require a jacket, while the afternoons occasionally warm up as the sun attempts to peek out. We yearn to give our skin a much-needed dose of Vitamin D without freezing in the midst.

This Fashionista incorporates fall and spring pieces into the perfect ensemble for a chilly spring day. A thick skirt hitting just about the knees paired with the much-loved Frye boots allow a glimpse of her lean legs while still keeping warm. Since we never know when the rain will hit, her Frye boots prove to be a year-round favorite protecting feet while working well with skirts, jeans and dresses.

Distressed boots like hers are often thought of as casual, but with her short skirt, simple top and high socks, she creates a sophisticated yet chic look for a day of work and class.

For those willing to attempt a trendier version of this look, pair lace shorts with heeled booties and a simple blouse for a day out and about, or boots similar to hers with a floral dress and denim vest for a more western vibe. Although winter has passed, take advantage of your boots all through spring to spice up outfits in an unexpected way.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: A Neutral Palette

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Spring semester is finally in full force on campus. The library seems to be more crowded than ever, and students are consumed in their hectic schedules. But one thing that isn’t constant is the weather. Going to school in Florida should lead us to believe we can wear tanks, shorts and sandals all year round. However, this season we have seen more and more cold fronts come our way. I personally crave the cold weather because I love to see how students dress for this change in temperature. But, let’s not get carried away. The sixties are our version of a cold front. Do you have what it takes to bear this weather while looking chic? This Fashionista sure does.

I spotted her dashing out of the Visual Arts building looking artistically fashionable in every way possible. Today’s Fashionista had just come from painting and was worried her white T-shirt was too dirty to be photographed. Her entire look caught my eye, but I absolutely loved her cross-body bag. This is a staple piece that every student must own.

Her outfit is effortless and simple. It includes jeans, a white V-neck and brown leather boots. These are items you can find at almost every store. She then adds a crème colored leather jacket that features a gray tab collar and a knitted forest green scarf with a fringe hem. The scarf adds just the right touch of color. Neutral colors are light and laidback. Chloé and Phillip Lim kept to a nude palette for their spring 2011 ready-to-wear collections.

Now, back to the most important accessory: the cross-body bag. They are functional and sophisticated all in one, while allowing students to be hands free throughout a busy school day. This Fashionista complements her casual look by choosing a neutral colored bag featuring a brown trim. Fitting her art supplies and other essential items will not serve as a problem. There are many different designs and sizes for these bags. With various colors, you are sure to find one to match any outfit. Whether you are an artist or not, neutrality is the best palette to keep in mind.

Hint: This cross-body by Foley & Corinna is my go-to school bag and perfect for everyday use. It features a removable shoulder strap and can be worn several different ways. These bags are offered in three sizes and several basic colors. The metallic and animal prints are a perfect accessory to make a statement and my personal favorites.

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