STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Style Advice of the Week

This week's Fashionista was a pop of color amidst a dreary, backdrop of finals gloom. Her patriotic colors, and mix-matched dot prints made her look stand out, and I loved that she took advantage of the abnormally warm December weather. Her outfit was broken up well by blocks of color contrasted with dot prints. Think of this as an updated approach to color blocking. Her scarf kept her look from appearing too “matchy-matchy” color wise, and I loved the solid pieces of red, white and blue.

To get her look, choose bright pops of color and contrast them with duller mix-matched dot patterns. Remember all those floral rompers you bought two summers ago that you haven't worn since? Here's your opportunity. Start your look with a dot pattern romper, something like this style from Free People. Add a patterned tank top over the top; this could be a time to break out a chiffon high-low top like this tank. Follow this Fashionista's lead and break up your look with a pair of sheer colored socks from American Apparel. For added warmth feel free to layer a more substantial sock over it. For rain boots, I'm obsessed with this lady like style from Mel by Melissa. Choose a warm sophisticated option for your coat, since your legs will be naked. This electric blue style from Victoria's Secret gets my vote, because I'm obsessed with toggles. To break up your look even more throw on your go-to scarf regardless of color, this last step keeps you looking effortless.

For further style inspiration, stalk playful collections from Charlotte Ronson, Rebecca Taylor and Lauren Moffett. All three designers combine dot patterns, mix-matching and feminine details. Look through your closet and experiment pairing patterns you normally wouldn't. Mix-matched patterns are a trend that's here to stay, and there's no reason why you should miss out on the fun.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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Morgantown weather is a constant mystery. One day Fashionista/os are walking around campus enjoying the sunshine and rocking their long lost sundresses and sandals, and the next it looks like a hurricane settled over WVU. The trick to keeping up with the constant change, other than owning one of everything, is light (and in this case bright) layers. When I saw this Fashionista on campus, her bold colors definitely brightened my day. College students everywhere will agree that on dreary days, no wardrobe option seems more appealing than sweatpants, which is one of the reasons this fabulous Fashionista caught my eye. In a sea of gray and black outfits, this bright retro-inspired orange coat from Urban Outfitters was bound to stand out. Because it is lightweight and water resistant, a coat like this is a staple for any rainy spring day. The oversized buttons and navy detailing are also fun embellishments to the piece. Her blue leggings from Forever 21 add to her colorful look and meticulously match the trim of her jacket, leaving no piece of the outfit boring. Of course, no rainy day is complete without rain boots. These versatile navy boots are actually Crocs! Not being a Croc fan myself, I was surprised that I loved these cute lightweight boots. To (literally) top it all off, her yellow umbrella really completes the effect of the look, making her the brightest Fashionista I’ve seen all week!

Hint: Don’t fall into the tempting trend of oversized sweats and dreary colors next time campus is hit with a storm! Distract yourself from the dreary weather by wearing bright fun clothes and forget it isn’t sunny outside.

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