Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Fresh Start

School has just started for me, and I couldn't be any more excited. This is my first year here at UCLA (my third year in college though, as I am a transfer student) and it's such a thrill being able to call this campus my new school and the city of L.A. my new home. As many of us may know, one of the best things about a new school year is all the fabulous back-to-school fashion we get to show off. It allows us to re-invent ourselves with newly updated and exciting wardrobes, and ultimately enjoy a fresh start with both our academics and our personal style. Fashion, in general, allows us to be whoever it is we wish to be, and a new school year serves as the perfect opportunity for it.

What I like about this outfit is that while it's minimal and comfortable enough to walk around campus in, its also got certain aspects that make it stand out. Its composed of a variety of simple, staple pieces that all come together to create one overall chic ensemble. I always use gold accents to liven up any outfit and this one was certainly no exception. As mentioned in my "Feeling Cozy" post, gold and cream are a fabulously luxe combination that I tend to flaunt often. When I incorporated them into this specific outfit, however, I amped up the combination even more by throwing in some rich shades of tan. Aside from the color of the boots and bag, I also particularly love the leather textures of these items - just as pops of color amplify an outfit, so does the incorporation of different textures. 

Choosing to keep outfits on the simpler side has always been a tactic of mine. Sometimes the most minimalistic of outfits can make the loudest statement, and I strongly believe that with simplicity comes a great deal of sophistication as well. Coco Chanel said it herself - "Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." You don't need to go over-the-top with bright prints and chunky accessories and the sort to make a stylish impression. Instead, clean, polished looks that emphasize certain signature garments and possess hints of chic detail here and there is a look I always aim to embrace, and an aesthetic that I personally believe will always be fashionable. As stated earlier, the start of the new school year is an exciting time to re-invent yourself and make a stylish impression on campus. Don't, however, confuse it with merely trying to be as flashy and bright as you can possibly be. Keep it simple to keep it fabulous. 


Shop the Look:

Top: Forever 21 (Similar)
Skirt: American Apparel (X)
Boots: Payless Shoesource (X)
Watch: Michael Kors (X)
Bracelet: Sainsbury's (Similar: 12)
Bag: Thrifted from Crossroads Trading Company (Similar)

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