WHAT TO WEAR: Class

What to Wear

It’s the first day of classes and you have that perfect first-day-back outfit ready to go. You look outside your window and—cue theme music from Jaws—it is snowing. Not just a few graceful flakes meandering their way down the sky. No, it’s coming down like a flurried storm. Have no fear, CollegeFashionista is here to save the day with a lot of help from today’s Fashionista who triumphed over the dreary color spectrum that cold weather tends to encourage.

When coordinating an outfit many people forget a key accessory: your hair. It makes a real difference to know what colors accentuate or complement the tone of your hair. Today’s Fashionista wrapped herself up in a down jacket in a neon blood orange statement color. The key feature of her outfit, however, is the window showcasing the lapels of a smart hazel brown wool blazer and a heather gray scarf. As an earthy redhead, this Fashionista looks best in autumn colors such as orange, brown and earthy greens for the day along with emerald green and ivory for evening events.

This Fashionista has not allowed the statement color of her down jacket overwhelm her look. By layering it up over different colors that complement her hair, she has brought a scholarly sophistication to the outfit. Also, she has created a stylistic contrast between the rugged look of her down jacket and the elegance of her wool blazer. Find a basic winter jacket in a striking color that emphasizes your hair, but watch for its fit. Remember to gauge whether your hair tone is cool or warm as this will also affect which colors suit you best. As a general rule of thumb, go for colors in the same color as your hair, like today’s Fashionista. Her down jacket picks up on the subtle fiery orange tones in her hair, but the hazel brown blazer suits the warmer overall shade.

The heather gray scarf picks up on the gray tone of her chukka boots and the glints of silver from her earrings and nose piercing. By contrasting warmer colors with these cool metals, she has not allowed her pale skin to look washed out. Chukka boots are a great rugged boot to invest in for colder climates, offering both comfort and style. They are supposed to give you a slightly androgynous look, but you can bring an individual touch to them with patterned socks like this Fashionista. Opt for ones in a smoother finish to keep your look sophisticated for class, like these rich suede boots by Dolce Vita with contrasting sole. Alternatively, you can go uber feminine by trying these jute heeled chukka boots by Lucky Brand.

ONE SIMPLE CHANGE: Remove the down jacket to reveal the wool blazer. Cinch it at the waist with a wasp belt and add a slick of coral lipstick to take this look to a brunch date.

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