Back to School Style Swap Pt.II

In seventh grade, the cool trend was wearing plaid pajama pants tucked into a pair of Uggs. I attempted to leave the house one morning dressed like that and was sent back upstairs by my mother.  

“Why do you have to wear PJs to school just because everyone else does? You can plan a better outfit than that,” she reasoned as I grumbled under my breath. She had a point. Why was I compromising my individuality to wear something I didn’t even think was cute?

Following that mentality, I’ve always dressed up for school. Even when my peers commented on my fashion forward questionable style choices, I ignored the criticism. College was no different. People may have judged me for not committing to the unspoken ‘rolled-out-of-bed-to-make-it-to-this-8AM-lecture’ dress code. But the only person who cared the most about what I was wearing was me. Check out what I’d wear if I was heading back to school, as modeled by my dear friend Stef 🙂

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Outfit #1: The Reformed Hillbilly

I understand why people wear sweatpants to class. Sweatpants are cozy, and you can take a nap in them after class. I put Stef in overalls because they are just as roomy as a pair of sweats, but with an added level of cool.

TIP #1: What separates this outfit from a day-in-the-field to a day-on-campus is the light white button-up underneath. A white button-up is a staple piece, especially in post-grad life when you’re transitioning from casual to work wear.   

TIP #2: Opt for a shoulder bag instead of a backpack. It can help you look more mature.

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Outfit #2:

As a self-proclaimed girly-girl, wearing sneakers outside of the gym has always been a challenge for me. Lately, I’ve been finding new ways to style my sneakerhead habit.    

TIP #3: If you want your shoes to be the sole focus (heh) of your outfit, wear them with ankle length bottoms in order to draw more attention.

TIP #2: Sneakers naturally convey a sporty vibe, which people often try to combat with blazers and dresses. With this outfit, I’ve embraced it and paired the shoes with a varsity bomber. The black satin material makes it different from your typical jock jacket. 

dsc_0147Outfit #3:

These boots were made for walking. This is a nice outfit for a night out with your girls.

TIP #5: Rocking thigh high boots is all about proportions.  A loose top balances the form fitting boots. Shorts ensure that the boots don’t cut off your legs at an awkward place.

TIP #2: WERK IT. Own the fact you look like a cross between a gogo dancer and Violet from The Incredibles. Confidence is key and ya look good.

This concludes our style swap for some back to school looks! Style By Sis hopes you found these tips helpful! Stay tuned for more fashion and beauty posts.

We are heading to Generation Beauty NYC this weekend so let us know what kinds of content you would like to see!

Flower Power

An effortless flirty look.

DSC_0335On weekends, I like to dress more feminine and flirty with floral prints. I would wear this look to an afternoon date, to brunch with girlfriends, or to go to class.  In this look, I’m wearing a floral print dress. It is a thin strap mini dress that has an A-line silhouette. The bright pink and red flowers contrast with the white fabric. My favorite part about this dress is the A-line skirt. It gives my figure a girly, feminine silhouette and compliments any figure.

TIP#1: If you are looking for a bold look, find a dress with big flowers. If you are looking for a subtle look, find a print with smaller flowers. From a distance, the flowers will look like polka dots.

Paired with the dress, I threw on an off-white knit cardigan. The cardigan keeps me warm in extremely cold air conditioned MTA trains, but I can always take it off when I walk around outside.

DSC_0295Tip#2: Wearing neutral solid colors over a loud print can help tone down the outfit and make it seem more casual. Feel free to add a jacket or blazer instead. If it’s warmer where you live, you can take off the cardigan entirely.

On the bottom, I wore a pair of camel colored Mary Jane pumps. I decided to go for my Mary Jane pumps to tie in the flirty, girly, and effortless look. These pair of pumps have a low heel so I can practically run in these. You can always wear higher heels if you want a more formal look. And lastly, I paired my outfit with gold accessories.

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Here are some suggestions for your look:

Link for dress: Lulu’s Day and Foliage Blue and Ivory Floral Print Dress

Link for cardigan: Banana Republic’s Extra-Fine Merino Wool Boyfriend Cardigan

Link for shoes: JCPenny’s Journee Collection Jamie Mary Jane Pumps

Whenever you want to look flirty and feminine, don’t shy away from floral prints. Style By Sis hopes you found this article to be helpful. Good luck!