Attending Loyola University Chicago was a culture shock that I wasn’t quite expecting. There was a lot of freedom for fashion on campus and people took advantage. I can’t complain because the familiar trends got old in high school, where everyone wore identical empire waist shirts from Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co. flare jeans with holes (except me, my mom always constantly reminded me, “Don’t buy $80 jeans with holes already in them.”) I couldn’t thank her enough now, but back then I put up a fight for my Hollister Co. torn up denim. A lot of people tend to bring out their true fashion sense in college because it is a fresh start after four years of high school awkwardness. No complaints here.
Going to class may be a day-to-day activity, but you don’t have to go through the semester getting duller with your clothes. Expressing yourself through your clothes is easy and I love people who know how to do it well. This Fashionista does just that. Wearing a sweater keeps her warm and comfortable on the way to class, layered with her black winter jacket. Black jeans are always a yes. Nordstrom has great sales on women’s clothing. These jeans are perfect for under layers! The scarf adds a little something to the outfit but keeps it simple and mature enough for a classroom setting. Remember, class is with a lot of your peers so the trends can make sense to them but ultimately, your professor has to feel like you’ve made the same effort they did. Since professors keep it professional in class, so should you. There’s no need for heels and a black blazer, but showing your mentor respect by not wearing some old pajamas will make for a much better semester.
One Simple Change: Since we haven’t had that brutal of a winter here in Chicago (knock on wood) a lot of winter accessories have yet to grace the campus quad. To make this outfit cold weather ready, I would add a fun winter hat. Personally, my hair doesn’t agree to full coverage winter hats because the frizz multiplies but for someone with smooth hair, an accessory like a lumberjack hat would look adorable with a winter jacket like this one. I love the ear warmer look with a small detail like this one. Since this Fashionista’s jacket is a neutral color, the opportunities are endless for winter accessories!