As we near the coldest months of the year, Fashionistas and Fashionistos on college campuses everywhere are looking to stay warm without sacrificing style. Colored tights can help to accomplish this goal with fashionable ease. Bright hues can add a fresh pop of color to any cold weather look to brighten a dreary, gray winter day.

This week’s Fashionista proves why colored tights should become a winter wardrobe staple with a unique ensemble that is easy and fun to recreate. By sticking to black pieces, she allows her maroon tights to become the focus of her look. Maroon is a great color—it’s very on-trend this winter and the perfect shade to allow color skeptics to experiment. In turn, the maroon tights add an unexpected twist to a simple, flowy skirt and structured black jacket and button-down.

She strikes an interesting balance between punk and prep with her look as well. The sophisticated layering of a chambray button-down and soft cotton jacket helps to mellow the edge of the bold tights and punk-inspired leather booties. The light embroidery on the collar of the button-down infuses the perfect amount of personality into the ensemble.

How To: This Fashionista rocks colored tights and you can, too! Start with a flowy skirt in black, or another neutral color. Then, choose a pair of colored tights—a dark color like navy or maroon or something louder like purple or turquoise if you are feeling bold. Pair with a button-down and jacket, like this Fashionista, for a sophisticated vibe. Or, throw on a graphic T-shirt and a leather jacket for a more casual vibe.