November 18th, 2015 at 2:00am

Please take a moment from Instagramming your predictably picturesque campus covered in leaves to read the following guide on how to wear the near-perfect fall outfit. In my opinion, the perfect fall look is as rare as finding the perfect pair of booties in the sale section of DSW in mid-October (mainly due to ever-fluctuating temperatures), but this Fashionista’s outfit makes a compelling argument for the title spot.

We’ve all experienced the regret of either not wearing enough layers or wearing too many layers when leaving the house in the morning, but this Fashionista’s technique leaves room for temperature wiggle room. Pairing a long cardigan over a typically summery tank makes for the perfect balance between warm and cool, not to mention the A+ worthy maroon and black color coordination. This Fashionista’s light, distressed denim is the perfect counter to the dark maroon hue and the black accent of her boots. Riding boots are undoubtedly a fall staple and for good reason. They’re comfortable, versatile and come in handy on chilly days to keep your legs warm.

No look is complete without a little spice; so this Fashionista kept it simple and sweet with a couple gemstone necklaces that automatically ramp up the chic factor of this look. Curled, wavy hair is always in season and her ombre, blond locks add warmth and sophistication to this otherwise casual look.

Clearly, the perfect fall look is attainable, just remember balance is key: between warm and cool, casual and chic, comfortable and dressy. Follow this Fashionista’s lead by combining simple elements like a black tank top with accessories that make them pop. You’ll have heads turning on campus in no time.

One Simple Change: Kick this look up a notch for a night out on the town by simply swapping out riding boots for some heeled booties and the cardigan for a fierce leather jacket.