March 20th, 2015 at 2:00am

Around campus, students often wear simple jackets. They buy traditional peacoats or boring, black fleeces. Unfortunately, jackets can cover one’s personal style. Fashionistas and Fashionistos wear beautiful ensembles and on many occasions, they cover up what lies underneath the warm layers. After getting ready in the morning, don’t look at your jacket as an after thought. Before leaving the door, think about how your jacket can make an overall contribution to your look. Taking it one step further, find a jacket and make it the main statement in your closet. Many designers create one of a kind jackets with unique detailing. Jackets are bulky and they cover a big portion of your body. With this in mind, you don’t need much styling, because the jacket will leave a powerful statement.

This week’s Fashionista keeps her style edgy and clean. With a minimalist approach, she keeps her clothes black and white. Most importantly, she finishes her look with a black leather jacket. The jacket has an unusual shearling collar with a silver zipper along the hem. Also, the jacket has three chunky zippers on the side, which toughens the whole look. Without the exaggerated fold from the shearling collar, her jacket would make a weak statement. Besides the jacket, she pairs her jacket with black and white leather sneakers. The sneakers give off a masculine feel, which makes the edginess in her outfit more prominent.

In the vast fashion industry, a Fashionista or Fashionisto can easily find a statement jacket in a different style. Whether you define your style as classic, bohemian or vintage, anyone can replicate a similar look. Statement jackets come in various designs. For example, brands find inspiration through bright textiles. They also embellish their jackets with studs, jewels, embroidery, fringe and much more! With all of the current trends occurring today, find a jacket that reflects your personal style. Staying fashionable is always important; however, different styles give our culture more substance.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Many Fashionistas and Fashionistos forget about their jackets. By placing more emphasis on the jacket, it can individualize your style in many ways. Wear a unique jacket, but keep the rest of the outfit simple. Explore different kinds of jackets and you will discover more about your style.”