STYLE GURU STYLE: A Lesson From Public School

Public School’s fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection was my absolute favorite of the season. In their New York Fashion Week debut, the two young designers introduced their sophisticated street wear line to the world and it was extremely inspiring to me as a Style Guru. The collection consisted of many dark tones with oxblood, navy and dark gray pieces along with many all-black ensembles. This collection set trends for both sexes with capes and wide brim hats for men and loose-fitting clothing for women. Public School was originally known for menswear and, with this collection, they have smoothly transitioned into creating womenswear pieces. It’s almost as if the entire collection could be categorized as unisex wear with a unique style that any fashion-loving tomboy will appreciate.

If you’ve read any of my previous STYLE GURU STYLE posts, it’s no secret that there are two specific ways I love to dress: menswear and all-black. There’s something about the convenience of being able to wear a boyfriend’s clothing and the effortless sophistication of all-black outfits that makes me want to dress this way almost every day. To translate this specific Public School collection into my own personal style, I chose to start off with a black wool varsity-style bomber. I purchased this jacket from the menswear section of Forever 21 because it didn’t have a tight fit or an awkward V-neck cut like the ones in the women’s section.

Underneath my jacket, I wore a black tunic with leather detailing on it. This was a good way to have a mixture of textures in my outfit without wearing my typical leather jacket for outerwear. For pants, I wore my favorite pair of black panel leggings that can seriously enhance just about any basic look. Seriously, wear a pair of leggings like this with a T-shirt and heels and you’ll look good enough to attend a party.

I kept my accessories very simple with a thin multi-layer gold chain and my favorite Herschel Supply Co. black backpack. I would recommend a backpack similar to this one to just about every college student because it’s durable, comes in a variety of colors and also has a padded slot inside so that you can safely travel with your laptop or tablet.

Through giving me inspiration for my winter wardrobe this year, Public School has quickly become a new favorite brand of mine. I can’t wait to see their new fall/winter ready-to-wear collection for next year.

Get My Look: 1. A black menswear varsity jacket. 2. The perfect pair of leggings. 3. A top with leather detail.