June 23rd, 2016 at 2:10am

Summer is upon us! This means it’s time to break out those summer dresses, denim shorts and lace-up sandals. But if you know anything about Eugene, Oregon (which you probably don’t because it isn’t exactly a vacation hotspot), you know that when the sun shines through the gloom, it’s a marvelous miracle. Since we Oregonians are very rarely blessed with those golden rays of sunshine, we take full advantage of those precious sunny moments and it shows through our outfit choices. Since we are typically VERY unprepared for these unusually bright days, you will often see us pair our summer outfits with winter accessories, because those clear skies can (and probably will) turn back to gloom in the blink of an eye.

So while the rest of the country puts away their winter boots, scarves, and beanies; we simply incorporate them into our warm weather outfits. Although Eugene is known for its very laid-back feel when it comes to dressing for events of any kind, you can still spot a few Fashionistas discreetly bringing their A-game. Whether it be a casual day of classes, brunch or a night out with friends, these Fashionistas still exist even amongst the relaxed and carefree culture of Oregon.

This trendy Fashionista keeps it chic yet comfortable while strutting to class in a loose and breathable Free People blouse and denim shorts, giving off a breezy West Coast feel. Whether it be with sandals or boots, adding a heel can grab attention instantly. This Fashionista does just that by adding snakeskin Jeffrey Campbell booties to her look. She tops it all off with an oversized Aritzia scarf (in case a professor decides to lower the AC to ensure their students are awake). Accessorizing her outfit with chunky silver rings, a leather watch and some gold bangles gives her outfit the bohemian edge it needs. She finishes off the look with a pair of to-die-for rose gold aviators—in case the sun decides to grace us with its presence!

One Simple Change: As college students, we are constantly moving from adventure to adventure. Tweak this outfit for a fun night out by throwing on an edgy leather jacket.