WHAT TO WEAR: Early Class

What to Wear

Borrowing clothing from others can be a thrill. Mixing and matching your own personal aesthetic with something straight out of someone else’s closet is a fun challenge. You have to reconcile your own taste with the style of the loaned items, and if you do it well, the result is magic. Trying on a new persona for the day through borrowed apparel is fashion experimentation at its best.

I spotted this Fashionista in one of my early morning classes. I badgered her until she allowed me to take her photo because I loved the fact that she was coordinated, yet also quite casual. I questioned her a bit about her outfit, and realized it was actually very unique. She utilized pieces from her own wardrobe to coordinate with items that had been loaned to her.

Unlike most students our age who look to borrow apparel from their contemporaries, this Fashionista looks to her parent’s closet to aid in her outfit choices. The gorgeous chocolate leather Timberlands on her feet belong to her mother while the plaid Ralph Lauren button-down is her papa’s.

Her long, olive green parka coat harmonizes well with the crimson red hue of her pants. Circular frames in the same shade of red sit on her nose.They are neatly cuffed at her ankles, resting just above the Timberlands. Although she chose to keep her pants trim, her shirt was left untucked, which helps the outfit avoid looking stuffy or preppy. The plaid shirt brings both the green and red hues into play, but is also accompanied by dashes of yellow and white.

Next time you want to spruce up your wardrobe, consider borrowing an item of clothing from a friend or a parent. It served this Fashionista well.

One Simple Change: To transition this outfit to the weekend, wear a more fitted tunic in a neural tone. To keep the look casual, throw on a beanie.

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