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WHAT TO WEAR: Pairing It Down

WHAT TO WEAR: Pairing It Down

Sometimes, it’s difficult to be simple.  As you rush out the door in the morning, stuffing your notebooks into you bag and frantically making sure that you haven’t forgotten something, resisting the urge to pile on last minute accessories can be next to impossible.  Are you sure that you don’t need that gleaming stack of bracelets, or maybe the brightly colored scarf that is stuffed in the back of your closet? But during these transitional spring months, when the changeable temperature swings from winter one day to summer the next, simple is oftentimes just the thing you need to get you through a long day of classes.

This Fashionista, with her black and white ensemble, has mastered the art of straightforward style.  Her airy blouse, with its clean, long lines, is ideal for moving around with ease and comfort.  And although unembellished, the blouse’s lightly textured fabric and mandarin collar make her look fresh and modern.

Adding contrast to her classic top, this Fashionista injects a healthy dose of edginess into her outfit with her black, heavily distressed jeans.  A must-have option for any closet, this on-trend denim transforms any everyday look into something exciting and eye-catching.  Along with adding something chic, the artful distressing transforms the classic black trouser into something more whimsical—an ideal element for springtime.

For her accessories, our Fashionista again proves the master of restraint.  Her stunning block heel sandals mirror the classic nature of her top, and are the perfect height for running around campus.  But the clean lines of her shoe work perfectly with her black leather backpack, where the exposed zipper embellishment offers even more visual interest and edge.

The obvious finishing touch for this look? Minimalist makeup and jewelry.  This Fashionista keeps her makeup completely natural, with the exception of her jet black eyeliner.  Her flawless, razor sharp winged eyes compliment her subtle nose piercing—the final fresh element of this fashion-forward look.