March 17th, 2016 at 2:10am

It’s the start of a new semester here at Reed and things outside are starting to look a lot like spring. Spring in Oregon means two things: rain and flowers. It’s still pretty cold outside, but sometimes the sun comes out and then being outside becomes bearable. Fashion wise, the puffy down jackets are going back in the closet and thinner jackets begin to come out. For someone like me that likes to keep things simple, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of monotony within my closet of mostly monochrome pieces.

This Fashionista’s outfit is a great example of wearing a monochrome outfit in an interesting way. She pairs her low-rise black jeans with a black and white cropped, striped turtleneck and a trench coat. The striped turtleneck breaks up the outfit so that it isn’t all black and the same pattern. It’s also a great piece for layering in the springtime when it’s chilly out under flannels and cardigans. The black boots on her feet add height, which is incredibly helpful in keeping your feet away from all of the puddles and mud on the way to class. Silver jewelry complements her hair and keeps the entire look cool-toned.

One Simple Change: If it’s still cold outside, layering is your best friend. Turtlenecks are great because they are so versatile. Taking this outfit from spring weather to to winter weather is incredibly simple. A big, fluffy scarf is one way to warm up on your way to class, as are thin cardigans and flannel shirts.