STYLE GURU STYLE: Too Punk For You

It seems that every season there is a staple that is universally worn on campuses and streets everywhere. For summer, girls love wearing denim cut-offs and fall sees the appearance of plaid. You have your shirts, skirts, pants and jackets all in variations of this beloved pattern. College-aged Fashionistas in particular love donning the oversized plaid shirt and a pair of leggings for a comfortable and warm outfit in the busy autumn days. This season, Coach offered a multitude of ways to wear this pattern in their fall 2015 ready-to-wear show. The show featured the iconic print in the form of overcoats. Large prints were laid on top of black outfits in order to bring interest and dimension to the ensemble.

I love this print but I wanted to make it more accessible for my day-to-day wear. The other outfits in this collection heavily featured leather, particularly leather jackets. A good grunge/punk outfit always raises my confidence levels, so I decided to try mixing leather and plaid, which is a classic combination.

A leather jacket is a necessity in any Fashionista’s wardrobe, and so essential in the fall when it can be paired with pretty much anything —but seriously. Invest in a good leather jacket and it will take you so far. I took this jacket and layered it over a simple white shirt a la Danny Zuko in Grease. To streamline the look, I used a jersey cigarette pant that cut off at the ankle. The plaid shirt was tied around my waist in order to pay homage to Coach’s runway show and to break up the black. It didn’t hurt that it added another layer to shield me from the cold weather. Finally, I wanted to add an interesting shoe so I used a tan gray bootie to finish the look off.

This outfit was so fun to wear and so easy to pull together. It was definitely simple enough for any class I had yet interesting to look at. All it took were some staples that anyone would have in their closet and a bit of layering!

Get My Look: 1. A plaid shirt of your choice. 2. A classic black leather jacket. 3. Skinny black cigarette pants.