What to Wear

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, the first day of classes each semester is a nerve wracking one—where to go, which books you actually need and of course, what to wear. It could be your first go around or your last, but we can all agree that your outfit on this first day is an important one, perhaps one of the most important. Not only does it set the tone for how you want to be perceived by your peers and professors, but it also says a lot about who you are.

When I saw this Fashionista on campus, two things came to mind: how casual her outfit was (something you rarely find on the first day of class) and the print she was wearing on her cardigan.

Each season there seems to be one major print that resurfaces from the archives. In the past few seasons and especially this fall/winter season, “camo” and other military-inspired pieces are everywhere. Not just on our campuses, but on the runways as well. Several designers have used the print in their collections in the past, but we started to see them more as ready-to-wear and fall/winter 2012 shows began. With names like Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten and Nicholas K behind the trend, I think it’s safe to say that military-inspired pieces are here to stay.

Of course our campus isn’t Lincoln Center or the tents of Bryant Park, and while we may not be able to score the perfect Mango coat, there are always ways to replicate and tweak a look.

With different shades of gray and black, this Fashionista’s cardigan not only tweaks traditional camouflage looks found on the runway, but also presents a more subtle twist to the otherwise loud phenomenon. Paired with simple black leggings and a pair of black boots, she is able to keep it casual but also showcase style and trend.

ONE SIMPLE CHANGE: For a more formal first day of class look, try this collared button-down from ASOS underneath a printed sweater or cardigan.


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