As college students, we face a very frustrating dilemma. We want to have a fresh start and be completely different than how we were in high school, but we don’t have the money to do it. We want to switch up our wardrobe, completely redecorate our room and explore new places or events we’ve never been to before. The problem is most of us owe our souls to student loans, so we don’t have extra money to spend on trying to embrace the new us. So how do we switch things up in order to embrace our new college identity without spending a dime?

This Fashionista has the answer. During high school, her wardrobe was mostly black, gray, white and navy blue winter clothes. The only colorful clothes she owned were dresses, but she didn’t wear them much. However, now that she is in college she has become more daring and more excited to try new things, so she needed a wardrobe to match. She recently found some high-waisted shorts in her closet and realized a brightly colored crop top would go perfect with it. The problem was she didn’t have one.

Pairing crop tops with high-waisted shorts or skirts have been growing increasingly popular recently. Trying this new style and ditching the navy blue sweater for a day would help her embrace her newfound open mindedness. To solve her problem, she took an old bright floral dress that she barely wore and decided to cut it into a crop top. She cut an inch below the hemline on her waist and tucked in the newly frayed fabric into the shirt, giving the shirt a cleaner finish. She then paired this new top with high-waisted jean shorts, tan and gold sandals, a rose gold watch and a matching bracelet. With an outfit like this her look is the perfect balance between playful, sophisticated and flirty: a big switch from her former high school self.

Don’t be afraid to crop the shops out of your life every once in a while. There is no better way to express the changes in your unique personality than changing the old to new with your own unique hands.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Always take a second look in your closet, you never know what you might be able to repurpose or change up to get a totally new look.”