STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Summer Simplicity

Style Advice of the Week

There is beauty in simplicity. This is a beautiful motto all of us often forget to embrace. Fashion is a whirlwind of excitement all the time, with new patterns, cuts and trends emerging at every moment. At times, the desire to experiment with too many trends at once does not result in a stylish outfit but rather in a flurry of madness and furthermore tackiness. The key to avoiding this style mistake is by not being afraid to stick to some closet staples while still incorporating something that is trending. One of my favorite closet staples is the V-neck shirt, as it is a style that is flattering on every body type. Recently, this cut of shirt has manifested itself into one of the hottest styles for dresses. If you haven’t had a chance to see this dress style that mimics the V-neck shirt, look no further than this Fashionista for a beautiful example.

This Fashionista proves just how it is not always the complexity of the garment you are wearing, but rather sometimes it is the way the piece is cut that makes it stand out. At first glance, the Fashionista’s dress is nothing more than a typical white summer dress, but upon further examination this initial observation could not be more wrong. The cut of the dress was what instantly caught my eye as it has a soft and delicate V-neck shape in the front, but the back greatly contrasts the innocent nature of the front with a deep and bold V-neck plunge. Its revealing back shows the perfect amount of skin beckoning the attention of others, while still remaining classy. In addition to the clean lines the dress offers, both the front and back of the dress showcase some sweet and feminine detail in green. The cutout details of the piece are subtle yet set the dress apart form any other I have seen this summer season making it a noteworthy piece. Sticking with the theme of effortlessness in her outfit, the Fashionista adorns the rest of her ensemble with wedges and minimal jewelry with a basic Michael Kors watch.

So, for all you Fashionistas exhausted with putting together elaborate attire for your next summer outing, take note of this Fashionista’s use of minimalism to create a universally flattering, classy and chic look. Trends are great ways to be up to date on all your fashion must haves, but just because studs are trending doesn’t mean you have to hot glue gun all your shorts, bags and bikinis with them. Taking any trend to the extreme will only lead to serious fashion disasters. Keep it simple with classic cuts such as this V-neck dress and you’ll have the attention you want in a classy Kate Middleton way, not in an overload of studs and tie-dye kind of way.

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As London slowly transitions into summer, temperatures are fluctuating throughout the day and it can be difficult to plan accordingly. In the morning it may be sunny and warm, seeming like an ideal day to take out that summer dress. However, by the afternoon it is highly possible that the rain clouds decided to roll in, dropping the temperature and completely changing weather. This Fashionista made the conscious decision of playing it safe by wearing a pair of jeans, yet still feeling a tad bit summery by pairing them with strappy sandals and a sleeveless cowl neck shirt. Before the day took a turn, her outfit fit it perfectly, but as the clouds came in she was able to grab her go-to cardigan to throw on over her shirt. It is always a good idea to have a cardigan such as this Fashionista’s to be able to throw into your purse at the beginning of the day, even if it doesn’t seem like you will need it. You never know where you could end up or what the weather could do later on and trust me, you’d rather be prepared.

Hint: Though this ensemble is the quintessential way to wear your basics in a chic yet laid-back way it can easily be spiced up a bit. Add in a fun necklace and swap the cardigan for a casual, loose-fitting blazer and the outfit can be taken to the next level.
 

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Kent students are approaching the halfway point of summer session classes. Reading textbooks and completing assignments are daily tasks required of them. Occupying summer days in a classroom won't produce much inspiration for ostentatious fashion. Students are using their boring school environment to embrace simplistic style with a comfort quality. This fashion is ideal when your day involves sitting at a desk and jotting down notes.

This Fashionisto attends his classes in clothing that appears effortless to put together yet radiates a polished look. He pairs a grey striped, cotton, V-neck tee with faded black skinny jeans. His checkered belt, violet socks, and classic Adidas samba shoes illustrate a punk persona.

If you would like to adopt this well-done simple look, check out Forever 21 to purchase a casual striped top in shades of grey with cream or black. Slim fit pants and a black and white checkered belt can be found at PacSun for unbeatable prices. All of these essential items are well worth the buy. They can be worn multiple times to achieve a variety of looks.

Hint: Simple style shouldn’t lack luster. Add eye-catching details like this Fashionisto did to stand out from the rest of the crowd, or the classroom.

 

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