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WHAT TO WEAR: Back to School

The first month of the year marks the start of a new semester after a much needed break. In an attempt to keep up with fresh New Year’s resolutions, the trip to school should be done in style. As she sets out on her drive back, this Fashionista dons a simple jeans, sweater and sneaker combination elevated by her attention to detail. Academics don’t always have to be a bore, just like getting dressed for school doesn’t always have to be mundane.

Dressing for class is all about layering and accessorizing to keep your look understated but deliberate. This Fashionista doesn’t let necessity get in the way of style and chooses a leather backpack to tote her textbooks around. Her all-black outfit is the perfect canvas for colorful accessories and interesting jewelry. Her Givenchy-inspired floral slip-ons allude to her eager anticipation of spring and act as an accessory to her monochrome ensemble (groundbreaking, really). This Fashionista reminds us that an easy outfit doesn’t have to be sloppy, and winter doesn’t necessarily mean florals are out.

Choosing a cropped pant, like hers, is a small way to keep in vogue without having to skimp on comfort. When every moment of your day is scheduled, it’s important to put together a flattering, versatile look appropriate for anything from lunch with friends to meetings with advisors, eliminating the need to run home to change. Challenge the status quo, and show up this semester looking ready for anything, instead of looking like you just rolled out of bed.

One Simple Change: When wearing cropped jeans, swap out sneakers with heeled booties to easily take your look from class to drinks.