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February 9th, 2016 at 2:07am

This winter has been unusually warm, especially for Chicago. If you would have told me that this time last year that I would be attending DePaul University and wearing ripped boyfriend jeans in February without risk of frostbitten knees, I would have thought you were crazy. That being said, I love this 40-degree weather, as it gives me the opportunity to experiment with cute and cozy sweaters and cardigans without having to throw a parka on over it.

In the worlds of Alexander Wang, “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” I firmly believe that dressing for class should be both comfortable and fashionable. Dressing well for class makes me feel better about the day and planning a chic, comfy outfit the night before gives me motivation to start my day. The first thing I look for in a class outfit is comfortable shoes. I cannot stand to be in a pair of tight booties all day as I go from Lincoln Park to downtown everyday, which is why I’m loving the sneaker trend going around. Whether it’s a pair of chic Nikes or white adidas Originals, it’s so easy to pair sneakers with black jeggings or boyfriend jeans and a cute sweater.
This Fashionista has the same idea. I thought this look was perfect for class because it meets my usual criteria: comfy, warmly layered and stylish but not too overdone. I thought she had a great balance of light and dark clothing and just the right amount of pattern and texture with her fun socks and fuzzy coat. Dressing down the coat with jeans and sneakers was genius, and just enough to make this outfit casual enough for class. Topping it off with a Free People sweater and modest accessories, this Fashionista could not be more comfy or cute for class.

One Simple Change: To take this class outfit from day to night, swap the sneakers for a pair of heeled booties and add a berry lipstick to get an easy going evening look.