STYLE GURU STYLE: But First, Coffee

As a college student, going to cute local coffee shops has become my thing for two reasons. One is out of pure necessity of needing caffeine in me to function. Two is because I can relax and get some work done in a cute and comfortable place.

My schedule is packed tight between work, being a research assistant, keeping up with my New Year’s resolutions (yes, I am one of those people that actually attempt to follow through), volunteering, being treasurer of a club, and somehow trying to fit in sleep and a social life. So, most days, I prefer to dress comfortably but put together so I can be ready to go from one commitment to the next.

For me, while I love to dress up on certain days, I usually pair either jeans or leggings with a T-shirt most days since I ride my bike to school and work, and dressing up just isn’t functional for that.

My style is casual but edgy. So for my featured outfit, I paired my Neck Deep band T-shirt with my favorite customized Levi’s denim jacket. I love this jacket because Florida is really weird in the spring. It can be super chilly in the morning and then hot in the afternoon. So having a jacket to layer with is perfect. Featured on my jacket are all patches and pins that I personally picked out. For example, I have a cup of coffee (what a shock) with the state of Minnesota on it that I got from a Caribou Coffee back home, a pin of the logo of my school, the University of South Florida, and a Tampa Bay Lightning pin. I also have a patch of my Hogwarts house crest, Hufflepuff. I feel that these small touches give my otherwise plain jacket a personal touch and many times they have even been conversation starters.

I paired my top and jacket with a plain black pair of Lululemon leggings and a white pair of low-top Converse. To finish the look, I have my small canvas bag from Baggu, which holds all of my essential items like my water bottle, a pair of headphones, and my Fujifilm Instax camera.

Don’t be afraid to dress down. You can be comfortable and still look cute. Whether you’re heading to your local coffee shop to get work done like me or heading to one of your own personal commitments, I’m sure your inner Fashionista/Fashionisto will shine through whatever you choose to wear.