The cold has really set in and jeans, jeggings and leggings are everywhere on campus. While any of these bottoms can create a stylish look, sometimes you need a break from your everyday jeans and leggings. To create a fresh and fun look, try wearing shorts and tights with a great pair of boots. While black or denim shorts always create a classic look, if you’re really feeling daring, try wearing a pair of plaid shorts like today’s Fashionista. At first glance, I thought she was wearing denim shorts, but when I got closer, I realized she had on a funky pair of pink and blue plaid shorts with shearling at the bottom. By pairing the casual shorts with a casual top and dressy boots and coat, this Fashionista looks sophisticated while still pulling off a fun look. To get this look, Lucky Brand has a great pair of wool plaid shorts perfect for winter.

This Fashionista’s use of color really sets her outfit apart. The pink top brings out the pink in the shorts, while the multi-colored scarf brings out the darker colors in the shorts. She keeps the outfit from going overboard with color, though, by keeping her coat and boots neutral. Her wine colored tights provide a fresh alternative to opaque black tights and pair well with the other colors in her outfit. For those of you that love colored tights or want to try out a pair, check out We Love Colors, a website that has 51 different colors of opaque tights (Most of them are under $10, so they are perfect for the Fashionista on a budget). While the use of lots of different colors can be a fashion risk, now is the time to try out all the outfit pairings you please (things like plaid shorts will likely not be appropriate in a future workplace, after all).

Hint: No printed shorts? Printed rompers can also create a look like this Fashionista’s. Pair a printed romper with a cardigan or chunky sweater, tights and boots for the same look.

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