As a student living in Manhattan, I’d be lying if I said I never felt any pressure to dress myself up for class. A frumpy hoodie emblazoned with your school’s insignia may pass at some campuses, but rolling out of bed and into sweats two minutes before “Intro to Marketing” just won’t cut it at NYU. This is how I see it: if people will be present wherever it is you’re going, you better make sure you look presentable! This idea may have circulated frequently enough for it to become a cliché, but the perfect outfit combines style and comfort for a truly wearable ensemble.
To demonstrate, this week I found Alexa on her way to class, clad in a charcoal and cream Free People cropped Fair Isle sweater and a pair of American Apparel forest green skinnies. The colored jean is what spices up the outfit, adding a little life to what may otherwise have been another drab, black and white winter look. With a bulkier top such as hers, it’s best to balance out the volume by going with a skinny silhouette on bottom. The high waist on the jean also proves you can make cropped tops work in cold temperatures as long as you maintain proportions.
To get this look for class, I’d pick a woolly sweater with a unique pattern or style and pair it with a colored jean. I’m obsessed with this eccentrically textured jumper from Topshop since it’s not only unique, but looks super comfortable as well. Forever 21 also has some great sweaters such as this open knit white one featuring a fringe pattern. Slap on these rich rust-colored skinny jeans from Hudson and you’ve got yourself an outfit that is cute, functional and possesses just the right amount of vivacity.
One Simple Change: If you want to add some polish to this outfit, simply layer a collared shirt under the sweater (patterns permitting of course.) This crazy bright one from ASOS would add just the perfect splash of color to the aforementioned white Topshop sweater.