February 25th, 2015 at 2:00am

As college students with star-studded dreams and empty bank accounts, we tend to rely on inexpensive fashion-forward pieces that can be easily recycled in different outfits and styles. Finding solid basics that can be effortlessly converted from casual to formal is key to adding depth to your wardrobe and most importantly saving some cash. Skip the weekend retail therapy and instead spend a Saturday digging through the piles of clothes you already have. You’ll be utterly amazed by what you find. Don’t be scared to bust out a 9th grade treasure. Most former fashion trends are oldies but goodies.

Recently, faux leather skirts, leggings and pants have become a hot trend on campuses across the country. This Fashionista is killin’ it in a faux leather skater skirt complemented by a soft neutral sweater and a statement necklace. I love how the pieces contrast to create the perfect amount of incongruity. The look is subtle and sweet with just the perfect touch of sass. Bravo! This specific combo is caught in-between casual and formal, but can easily go either way with minor touches.

Pants, skirts, shorts, tank tops, tights, etc. can all be layered or mixed and matched to create some unique ensembles. Use what you have! You’ll look great and I promise no one will know your sweater is from 2009. There are no rules when it comes to what you can and cannot reuse. Get creative. Use some of the high school treasures you dug out to dress it up or tone it down. Start by focusing on one crucial piece and add and subtract until you find the perfect balance. The secret to creating a look that is fashionable but distinctive to your style is being open to both old and new ideas.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Comfort! Whether it’s a skirt, jeans, a full business suit or sweatpants make sure you’re comfortable and confident. Looking good leads to feeling good!”