STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Mix, Don't Match

Bold moves are being made around campus so close to finals. I’m shocked, honestly, to see more maxi skirts than sweatpants! Finals week is affecting college students everywhere in the upcoming weeks, and the last thing we want to worry about is what to wear to our last couple of classes. The weather is warming, but it seems to have peaked around the low 60s on the north side of the East Coast. With finals, fluctuating temperatures and lack of sleep, how are we expected to maintain killer outfits on top of all that stress? It’s easy—with a little advice from this Fashionisto, you won’t be losing any more sleep.

Mixing and matching prints and patterns is avoided by most Fashionistas/os and not unreasonably. If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen enough pattern-mixing horror stories to keep you avoiding this trend until it dies out. However, the rules have been bent a little bit by this Fashionisto, making the mix and match trend that much easier for those of us who are terrified at the thought. It’s simple: pick a busy pattern for the top or bottom, then keep the print simple on the other half.

This Fashionista chose to go busy on the bottom and simple on top. His forest green shorts have tiny white flowers structurally placed about. With this busy of a pattern on bottom, this Fashionisto opted for a simple unbuttoned ombré chambray shirt up top. This provides a perfect balance between patterns and prints. However, this bold stylish guy decided to go big or go home by selecting a graphic T-shirt as the focal point of the outfit. One of the most stellar shirts I’ve seen, this T-shirt reads the famous Yoncé quote: “Diva is the female version of a hustler,” on top of a picture of Marie Antoinette. Have you ever seen something so magnificent, Bey fans? And check out that Lego watch! This Fashionisto has us rushing to the mall to get our hands on each of these rad pieces.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Graphic T-shirts and patterns are an easy way to make an outfit interesting with little effort. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns either; sometimes it’s loud, but it’s fun to stand out.”