With the winter weather in the nation’s capital being the most confusing I’ve ever experienced, GW Fashionistas have taken the mild winter weather as another reason to let the campus be their runway. The carryover of fall fashion in to the winter season can be found just about anywhere on campus. Of course, living in D.C. means fashion has a dual purpose: style and practicality. From what I’ve seen across campus, the piece that seems to exude both aspects is the ever-functional trench coat.

I caught this Fashionista on her way to class on a surprisingly warm January day. In classic D.C. style, this Fashionista let the neutral tones of her outfit emphasize her practicality, while the cut of each piece spoke on behalf of her sense of fashion. I was mesmerized by the movement incorporated into her look. The pairing of a fabulous, yet functional, open trench coat, along with a neutral tone wide-leg pant allowed for an incredible first week of school style statement.

She kept her accessories light, which is perfectly reasonable for syllabus week. Pairing a small neutral-toned shoulder bag with her outfit to keep any small necessities within reach. And of course, no campus Fashionista would be caught dead being late to class. To combat tardiness, this Fashionista was sure to add a fabulous everyday watch.

If there’s one thing to learn from this Fashionista, it’s that practicality can never be detrimental to style.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Never limit yourself to one style. Clothes are limitless and you should embrace all trends, designers and looks.”