STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Black Monday

Style Advice of the Week

Black on black is the closest to a fashion uniform there is. Easy and sophisticated, this Fashionista shows how in incorporate texture to keep your look from blending into the crowd. What do designers wear? One of the most frequently asked questions to the fashion industry, is answered by this fashion design major. Designers wear black, and use layers to disguise comfort as style. There, I told you the secret. That is the best style advice out there.

This Fashionista combines lace detailing, chiffon, pleats, suede and leather. Not only is the combination naughty meets nice, but the all-black pieces keep the details subtle so clutter is not a fear. To get this Fashionista's look start with this pleated dress from American Apparel, I suggest knotting the hem above the knee to allow more layers. These patterned tights from Romwe add something more visual to your look without overpowering it.

As for shoes, I gravitate towards comfort disguised as something else. This is why I adore Jeffrey Campbell, they appear intimidating but are always the comfiest heels I own. These boot wedges are ideal: minimalistic, sky high and comfortable. Fashion design student approved, these heels can last during all night sessions in the studio. Add something minimal and warm like this elongated sweatshirt over the dress. If you feel too minimalistic, have fun with jewelry. The same rule applies: layered simplicity. I personally love hammered silver bangles and differing necklace lengths. Try layering rings like these Herikmer Diamond pieces. At first it feels strange, then it becomes second nature. Lastly a simple raw leather edge seems mandatory here, so I suggest carrying your sketchbook in this style from Baggu.

For style inspiration, models are usually the top choice. This week I implore you to stalk the style of designers like Stella McCartney, Charlotte Ronson and Alexander Wang. As finals roll around, you'll thank me for the comfort and the look.

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