WHAT TO WEAR: Study Group

What to Wear

Most students can admit to rocking sweatpants while studying alone in one’s dorm room. However, going to a study group can pose a different challenge — how does one maintain comfort without sacrificing one’s own personal taste and dignity?

This Fashionista’s ensemble marries preppy professionalism with casual comfort. The plaid blazer keeps her warm enough in spring weather, all the while adding an air of sophistication to her look. The relaxed fit prevents her from looking stuffy, given her button-up shirt underneath. The tight print of the gingham shirt and the large print of the plaid complement each other nicely, adding more dimensions to her look.  As a great alternative to jeans, this Fashionista’s dark stretchy pants not only coordinate with her outfit, but they also maintain the outfit’s comfortable yet put together vibe. Shoe wise, this Fashionista chose white tennis shoes, which makes her ensemble appear more complete thanks to the white in the gingham shirt. For a finishing touch, this Fashionista opted for bright shoe laces and unique rings.

In order to achieve this Fashionista’s look, color scheme is key. This Fashionista stuck to colors within the same family: Black, navy and purple. These darker colors are contrasted against white accents, which brighten up the look. Even if navy and black are not among one’s preferable colors, opting for hunter green, brown and mustard yellow contrasted against white pieces would still achieve a similar objective.

When selecting pieces to achieve this look, be sure to keep the print of the gingham shirt smaller than the plaid of the blazer. Also make sure that at least one of the colors on the gingham shirt is also present on the blazer. This way, the two patterns can coordinate without overwhelming the eye. Given this pattern play, keep the rest of the look simple. Be sure to opt for stretch colored pants such as these from rag & bone. Tennis shoe wise, the white keeps the look fresh and preppy. Superga and Vans both offer great options similar to this Fashionista’s. Although appearing crisp and preppy is important, don’t be afraid to personalize with colored laces similar to this Fashionista’s bold choice.

One Simple Change: Going to a party with the study buddies afterwards? Remove the blazer and throw on a leather jacket such as this one to make the look appear more relaxed.

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