STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Layer Away

Style Advice of the Week

Fashion confession: I love layers and I have no doubt many of you do too. Layering is not only a fashion practicality, but also an acquired skill necessary for any fashion savvy college student. Temperatures are dropping outside, the heat is blasting inside and no one can be sure whether the AC was turned off in certain places (Post Learning Commons I’m talking to you).

The only way to successfully get through a day of shifting temperatures is to layer. To get the layered look, it’s all about proportions. Layering doesn’t necessarily mean pile on every warm and oversized piece of clothing insight, á la Mary-Kate Olsen’s bag lady chic. Instead, think about fitted clothing and various textures.

Contrary to Ms. Olsen's style, oversized is not synonymous with layering. Instead follow this Fashionista’s look and start with tights, a fitted mini skirt and leather boots. Try Madewell’s opaque tights and a classic wool mini from J.Crew for a similar look.

For some style inspiration, try a patterned blouse, like the Fashionista here. Her dark blue and delicate patterned button-down add a bit of variation to the solid colors in her ensemble. The warm colors in the pattern pair nicely with her tan skirt and the bow tied neckline is a charming detail. See Nordstrom for a comparable style in various patterns.

Lastly, a versatile coat is always useful—especially at this time of year. Stack a few bracelets, grab a tote and volià, you’re set to go no matter what the day’s temperatures may be.

To wrap up this post, the more the merrier—so go ahead, layer away!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Layer Away

Style Advice of the Week

Without a doubt pastel colors have been dominating this summer’s wardrobes. Though they are bright enough to draw attention, their muted colors don’t overwhelm the eye. Pastel colors give off this indescribable feeling that evokes lightness and is a constant reminder of the seemingly endless summer. While I’ve seen many students rocking pastel jeans and tops this season, outerwear is something that seems to be flying under the pastel radar, which is why this Fashionista caught my attention.

If you’re ever unsure of what to wear in the summer, light layering is always a great way to go. This Fashionista is pairing a gold glitter top with a pair of black shorts and most importantly a long, mint cardigan. Light layering in the summer is great as it is comfortable and prepares you for the scorching afternoons and cooler evenings, not to mention places with stronger air-conditioning. Practical and fashionable. This Fashionista has got this pairing spot on. While the rest of her outfit is somewhat structured and neutral in tone, the thin and flowy cardigan dresses down the look for day time, adds a pop of color that doesn’t clash, and a longer hem-line adding levels to the outfit. Losing the cardigan can easily take this look from day to night.

The key to layering in the summer is to keep everything light and avoid it from looking too heavy. Having multiple focal points in an outfit with so many pieces can easily look too busy. Keep the rest relatively neutral and highlight your favorite outer piece for the look. This Fashionista is wearing mint, but you can opt for a different pastel, like coral (high-low hems aren't just for dresses!), or even ditch pastels all together and go for a print. Another thing to keep in mind is that playing with opposites can be a great way to create interesting outfits, like this Fashionista, mixing structured and flowy elements. For a more formal dinner, try pairing a structured blazer with a flowy dress. If you're looking for something unique, NASTY GAL has a great selection of eye-catching outerwear that will spice up any look. Keep in mind that summer is all about experimenting, trying new things, and is a great time to challenge yourself to be bold.

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