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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Back to Basics

June 2nd, 2015 at 2:00am

As students return home for summer vacation, the temptation to let their style slack is undeniable. After a stressful month of final papers and exams, wearing pajamas all day sounds pretty appealing, but fear not Fashionistas and Fashionistos! We can resist the urge to slip into our sweatpants without sacrificing comfort.

To transform an outfit from cozy to chic, one must accessorize, which is an art that this Fashionista has mastered. Let’s start with the basics of her look. The navy blue A-line skirt paired with the white cardigan and camisole is quite simple, but the classic color combination makes the ensemble effortlessly elegant and feminine.

Despite the timeless pairing of navy and white, this outfit would be lackluster if it was comprised only of the articles of clothing. What takes this Fashionista’s look to the next level are her brown and bronze accessories. Her bronze compass necklace is a dainty addition, and her gladiator sandals and skinny belt are the same shade of brown, creating a sense of continuity that ties the entire outfit together.

It should also be noted that our Fashionista accessorizes from head to toe. When we hear the word “accessory,” we often make the mistake of believing it’s synonymous with jewelry. This misconception leads us to focus our accessorizing on our wrists, ears and necks, while neglecting the rest of our body. Accessories encompass a wide range of items and when we venture beyond jewelry, a whole new world of styling is opened to us.

How To: To recreate our Fashionista’s outfit, stick to a neutral color palette for your clothing, such as tan, navy, white or black. Then, add accessories that express your personal style, making sure to accessorize from head to toe in order to pull your outfit together. Remember, accessorizing doesn’t have to be expensive! Search through your closet, you will be surprised with what accessory treasures are hiding in there.