Guest Post By Tiffany Lashai Curtis, blogger @ The Undergrad Style File
Sequins, sparkles, and resolutions, oh my! It’s that time of year again. As we write our lists of “new year, new me” improvements, somewhere between sleeping more and eating pizza less, we forget about style. Style is one of the easiest and more fun changes to make this year.
Most of us have a uniform of t-shirts and sweats (insert college logo here). Just because you may have 8 a.m. lectures and afternoon internships doesn’t mean your style has to stay stuck in 2013. As you ring in the New Year, give up old fashion habits and have more daring clothes encounters. Don’t underestimate what a bold skirt or sleek blazer can do for how you look on the outside and feel on the inside. Here’s to 365 new style opportunities!
Spring is all about fresh takes on old favorites. Get rid of the doom and gloom by ditching the black leather jacket for spring and try a crisp, white moto jacket. Even if you don’t know your Pantone from your Pantene, incorporate the color authority’s pick for 2014, Radiant Orchid. A pale purple v-neck, floral infinity scarf, and studs keep the look vibrant. Carry a punny tote bag to get into the academic spirit.
Wine, Cabernet, Oxblood. No matter the shade, red has been trending for a while and rightfully so; it’s rich and bold. Not for the faint of heart. Add elegance to a night out outfit with a longer length midi-skirt. Toughen up the look with leather and metal hardware. Go vamp with a dark red lip, bold chain, and serious stilettos. If you want to lighten the mood, opt for a softer blush and polka dot blouse. Accent the look with classic pearls and a white bubble necklace. Pale pink pumps and a bright pink lip are a girlier contrast to the tough leather.
Dress for the job you want in a cobalt blue blazer and matching flats to add some flair to the little black dress. Add a statement necklace for some visual interest. Swap out the blazer and flats for some purple-hued earrings and strappy, chunky heels, and swipe on some plum colored lipstick. You can make a work-outfit nighttime ready by just by changing the footwear and amping up the accessories.
Looking Forward To Spring
Don’t get so caught up in the web of trends, transition and update what you already own. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered:
TheUndergradStyleFile’s “Items to Keep”
- The little black dress
- Dark-wash skinny jeans
- Black blazer
- Combat boots
- Chambray shirts
PerryRoseReport’s “Items to Buy”
- Crop tops
- Ankle pants
- Items with sheer details
- Asymmetrical skirts
- Trapezoid shaped totes & bags