As college Fashionistas/os, we are all too familiar with the pressures of mid-terms and finals within these upcoming weeks. Between going to class, studying, hitting the gym and still maintaining a social life, we hardly have time to plan out our outfits for the day.  Get ready for some great news Fashionistas/os, this is going to be your guide for quick and easy style planning. So feel free to hit snooze tomorrow, with these simple rules, you’ll know exactly what to look for in your wardrobe so you can be campus ready in under ten minutes!

We all know about the three-piece rule; adding a layering piece to a basic outfit to enhance the look. While this is a key tip to remember, it is widely popular, and hardly makes your outfit stand out in a sea of denim and leather jackets. By adding a fourth item, you can take your outfit from basic to noteworthy.

This is what I like to call the four-piece rule. It may seem complicated, but all you really need to transform every look is a layering piece and one or two statement accessories. This month’s Fashionista was rushing off to class when I managed to catch her, she hardly has excess time to put into her style, yet she stood out so much from the crowd that I knew I had to photograph her.

Her look is simpler than it looks, consisting of a basic black pant paired with a casual button-down shirt. What makes her style truly unique is the coordination of accessories. For her, it’s all about tying in all of the colors. Look closely, you’ll notice that the pattern on her shirt matches the pattern on her scarf, as well as the red stripes with her wallet. This little matching trick brings her outfit together for a sleek and polished finish. To top it all off, she’s sporting my favorite trend, a floppy hat. Not only are these hats stylish, but a hat minimizes the amount of time you have to spend on your hair, making a simple bun much more elegant.

How To: To use the four-piece rule to create standout looks every time, you only need a few simple things. First combine your basic top and bottom with your favourite layering piece. Then add one or two statement accessories. Try to match colours or patterns of your accessories with your basic top or bottom for a more finished look.