STYLE GURU STYLE: Purple Rain

On April 21st, 2016, the world lost a musical legend, a style icon, and a mediator for cultural change. Prince passed away in his Minnesota home in Chanhassen, MN at the age of 57. I feel that because Prince was such a style icon I wanted to share my love for him with all of you Fashionistas out there.

Because I am from Chanhassen, MN and I got to see the direct impact Prince had on the world. Prince was much more than a local celebrity. He was someone who contributed to the community, he was our neighbor and he shared our love for the great state of Minnesota. It was very common for him to host impromptu concerts over the summer at Paisley Park, to see him biking around Chanhassen, and almost every Chanhassen resident has a “Prince story” of how they saw him at Caribou Coffee or at the grocery store. The best part was that nobody treated him any differently because he was our neighbor before he was a well-known celebrity and music sensation.

Recently, Mr. G Hoete, an Australian artist, came to Minnesota to paint a 40-foot mural of Prince on the outside wall of the Chanhassen Cinema. I figured there was no better place to talk about some scarf inspiration for CollegeFashionista.

One trend we saw a lot of during New York Fashion Week was the use of scarves as a spring/summer accessory versus a fall/winter one. I am a huge fan of this idea considering I am always looking for a way to incorporate my extensive scarf collection into my outfit choices year round. Anthony Vaccerello, Jonathan Saunders and Gucci all exhibited this fashion choice but it can be seen exquisitely in Gucci’s pre-fall 2016 collection. The scarf look completely ties the outfit together and allows some of your winter accessories to be included in your summer look!

I chose to style my outfit in a variety of ways using the scarf inspiration from Gucci’s pre-fall 2016 collection. You can see me wearing it as a scarf around my neck, a bracelet, an anklet and as a pop of color on my purse. The addition of the purple scarf allows for a pop of color in my monochromatic look. The purple also allows for a subtle tribute to Prince and his song “Purple Rain.”

Get My Look: 1. Black shorts. 2. Black V-neck. 3. Chunky cross-body purse. 4. Patterned scarf.

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