ALL IN THE DETAILS: Mirroring Metallics

September 18th, 2015 at 2:00am

I think we can all agree that crafting the perfect outfit for a full day of classes is no easy task. There are many factors to consider: comfort, the weather and even what type of mood you’re in that day. Here in Ithaca, New York, chilly fall mornings will quickly turn into sweltering afternoons, and pouring rain may suddenly halt to reveal bright sunshine. During a day jam-packed with classes, you may not have time to dart back to your dorm for a wardrobe change.

When I spotted this Fashionista across the quad, the first thing that caught my eye were her bluish-green mirrored aviators, which are essential for walking to class when the sun makes scattered appearances throughout the day. She also donned layered gold necklaces and carried an azure tote bag, which further enhanced the gold frames and blue hues in her shades.

In order to balance out the metallic, reflective accessories, she paired a basic black crop top with patterned joggers and a staple pair of ankle booties that I think every Fashionista needs in her wardrobe. Coupling tapered-leg pants with a knit tank top is perfect for varying temperatures and transitioning from summer to fall. Plus, she clearly kept comfort in mind for a long day of classes by selecting soft, breathable fabrics.

My favorite part about this Fashionista’s look is that she avoided playing it safe with neutral bottoms, which are what most people would probably choose. Instead, she opted for burgundy pants, which formed a striking contrast with the bold handbag. By choosing colors that are almost complementary to each other on the color wheel, she added another level of visual interest to her look. I love that she is not afraid to experiment with her clothes. This is what makes her such a stylish campus Fashionista!

How To: Rather than treating accessories as an afterthought, try building your outfit around them. Support the statement pieces with basics from your everyday wardrobe. Feeling daring? Swap out a neutral element for a contrasting color or pattern.