September 15th, 2015 at 2:00am

With the beginning of the academic year comes a round of formal events, like convocation, to usher in celebratory feelings of returning to campus or commencing the undergraduate journey. College events are a little more grown-up than previous high school ordeals, which calls for a more mature style of dressing. For a stylish start to the semester, take some inspiration from the recent looks that made it down the catwalk. The spring/summer runways were filled with all-white ensembles and free-spirited homages to the styles of the 1970s. The fall/winter runways did not stray from this throwback theme, incorporating wide-leg trousers, mixed leather and suede textiles and capes.

When I spotted this Fashionista in her flowy white chiffon dress, I couldn’t help but become excited about the runway trend that has made its way to the red brick-lined campus of Emory University. Keeping a neutral palette, she expertly paired her simple white dress with a chic pair of color-block wedges, another understated nod to the classy platforms of the ‘70s. Another nice detail to add to the outfit would be a piece of statement jewelry. This Fashionista infuses the right amount of mature elegance and youthful creativity into her outfit to make for the perfect look for this formal occasion.

One Simple Change: Going to the library to get a head start on assignments after the formal event you’ve been invited to? Just add a casual denim jacket to dress down the white dress and switch the wedges for a pair of Chelsea boots.