STYLE GURU STYLE: Edge Into Fall

Kent, Ohio has no chill, Fashionistas and Fashionistos. Or too much chill, to be completely honest. Snowflakes have already shown their fluffy faces and fluttered down from the sky. Mornings are a terribly uncomfortable temperature, and the foliage is a bit lackluster in comparison to my New England home. With all of the dreariness, I have taken to adding loads of layers to my wardrobe, as well as gorgeously deep shades of maroon and black, along with utilitarian greens and grays. They feel very cozy, which is absolutely perfect at this point in the semester.

Belstaff’s fantastic spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection provided the most inspiration for this outfit. The collection consisted of lovely separates in warm neutral tones. Black and white formed the main color scheme and hints of beiges, taupes and greens added subtle variation in the styling. The silhouettes were floaty and oversized with contrasting cropped jackets to top off many of the looks. There was a huge variation of textures, ranging from very light silks to sharp leathers and beautiful wools. With such basic colors and oversized silhouettes, getting lost in each look would have been an easy matter, but the originality and simplicity of the styling made it all feel very warm and cozy.

To put my own spin on Belstaff’s beautiful collection, I picked out a pair of cropped olive green pants. I love the utilitarian details like the exposed stitching and oversized pockets. I added a black faux leather jacket for a bit of edge—the gold zippers and detailing are fantastic, as well as the quilting. It’s a great layering piece for my maroon sweater. Last of all, I topped the whole outfit off with a blanket scarf–the absolute most versatile accessory I have ever owned. Not only is it warm, it’s amazing for traveling and picnics. After throwing on a pair of black leather booties, I jetted off to class feeling warm, fashionable and fabulous.

Get my look: 1. Some super comfy utilitarian pants. 2. A simple T-shirt. 3. Layer up with a faux leather jacket. 4. Don’t forget your blanket scarf! 5. And booties!