Style Advice of the Week

I’m not normally a fan of matchy-matchy ensembles. Something about them always feels a bit too contrived for my taste. But the great thing about fashion is that my expectations can be proven wrong by one stylish outfit.  Today’s Fashionista did just that. Her unabashed use of color on a particularly gray Columbus Day left me feeling impressed and energized. Not only does her ensemble send out a ray of happy energy, but, the coordinating pieces also enhance the look in a way I could not have imagined.

I love that this Fashionista dares to wear bright coral pants. Most students would shy away from such a large statement piece, but, today’s Fashionista clearly lives by the phrase, “go big or go home.” She pairs these cheery bottoms with a cozy, cream sweater. The hem of the sleeves gives this piece an added touch of sophistication while the nubby texture reminds me of fluffy snow piles that we have yet to see here at OSU. Notice how her infinity scarf and gem bracelets coordinate perfectly with her pants. This method of dressing elevates her casual pieces to a slightly more polished level. She continues the matching theme with the cream knit inserts for her hunter rain boots and her quilted, black side bag.

Today’s Fashionista is not alone in this matching trend. Just Cavalli’s pre-fall collection showed matchy-matchy ensembles of army green and black—even the model’s lipstick coordinates with the outfit. When matching your favorite red cords, with say a red knit cap perhaps, remember that diversity is still essential. We are creatures in need of visual stimulation. Even though, you may be wearing the same hues, use texture to add interest. Today’s Fashionista, for example, used shiny stones, a quilted bag and a fuzzy sweater to make her tactile statement. Look for bold textures and accessories to do the trick. If you have written off matching like me, maybe it is time to revisit the idea. There may be something to the old fashion rule of matching your bags to your shoes after all.


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