In Northern California, spring has sprung! The birds have come out of hiding, sweaters are being put away, and nothing makes me happier than visiting my home state during this time of year.
On a lunch outing, I ran into Olivia, a girlfriend from high school. She has worked at a boutique in town since we graduated a few years ago, so her fashion is always on point. On this particular day, Olivia looked so effortlessly adorable – I knew I had to interview her for Looks on Campus!
College: Sonoma State University
Major: Child Development
Hometown: Windsor, CA
Let’s Talk Fashion
Who or what inspires your style? “I work at a boutique, so the clothes in my store and my co-workers constantly inspire my style. I specifically love dressing this time of year. We have different days of the week at work where we like to get dressed up, which always keeps things exciting and fun.”
Where do you like to shop? “I like Forever 21 a lot. They always have something that catches my eye. I also am a big fan of going into the city [San Francisco] for the weekend to shop around Union Square – such amazing shopping! Also, like I said, I work in an adorable women’s boutique, so I tend to spend at least a portion of my paycheck in the store. Whoops!”
How would you describe your style? “I think my style is very laid-back. I [like] to keep things simple and comfortable, especially when I am standing for hours or rushing around to class. I do love to really dress up on the weekends though when my girlfriends and I go out dancing! That is the time for something a little more high maintenance.”
Why did you choose this look? “Today it was beautiful out and one of the first days where there was no need for a jacket! I wanted my top to reflect my mood for the day, so that’s why I loved all these colors. In general, I am a big fan of beautiful prints, such as flowers or patterns.”
What advice would you give to college students looking to improve their style? “Hmm, advice? Definitely be comfortable! That is my number one piece of advice. If you feel good and beautiful in the outfit you are wearing, you will shine all day long. It sounds cheesy, but it’s so true!”
What are your favorite trends right now? “My favorite trends are usually trends having to do with lots of accessories. For example, big bangles or long necklaces. I also like trying cute new hairstyles.”
Who are your favorite designers? “I am not huge into designers and don’t like only buying things because of a designer label. I do really love Free People, Splendid, and Hudson. Hudson jeans are the best thing ever.”
What do you like to do for fun? “My friends and I like to go out dancing on the weekends. It’s such a great way to let out stress from the week and get some exercise while having fun. In the summer I also enjoy going to the river or Lake Sonoma, a lake close to where I live.”
If you could raid anyone’s closet, who’s closet would you raid? “This sounds funny Tay, but I would raid your closet! We haven’t seen each other in a while, but I know I would love to check that out. I also would love to raid the Nasty Gal showroom closet. [It's] the best website for adorable looks.”
Elements of Olivia’s Look
1. Feather Print Top and Navy Blue Bag
Olivia’s feather print blouse is covered in beautiful colors that are ideal for springtime, and I especially like the way her navy blue bag matches the top. I am obsessed with this chain strap bag – the pattern adds texture and interest, while the large bow detail is an adorable touch.
2. Boyfriend Jeans and Black Sandals
Olivia’s boyfriend jeans are perfect for busy college girls on the go. They’re comfy and casual, plus the cuffed legs are a great option for a warm spring day. The cropped length also showed off Olivia’s braided black sandals. Now that the weather is nice, these flat sandals are a versatile option to wear throughout spring and summer.
Do you like Olivia’s casual spring look?
What do you think of her cuffed boyfriend jeans? What about her patterned top and navy blue bag? What have you been wearing this spring? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!
White Jeans – $19.95 at H&M
Whether you live in them or are apprehensive to wear something that could get so easily stained, one thing’s for certain: white denim is a huge spring trend. If you haven’t tried this look yet, now’s your chance! Grab a Tide to Go pen and rush out to find a pair – they are surprisingly flattering and versatile.
For this week’s installment of Outfits Under $100, we are spotlighting the many ways to wear white jeans. Whether you want to wear them dressed up or down, this post will give you oodles of inspiration on how to wear your bright whites. The best part? Each outfit rings in an under $100 total! That way, you’ll keep your pocketbook and wardrobe happy.
Scroll down to see four cute ways to style a pair of budget-friendly white jeans:
This season, the only thing trendier than white jeans is rocking a monochromatic ensemble. So for this look, we combined the two trends to create this chic, all-white getup. The key here is to wear the same color top-to-bottom, but to glam it up with bold gold accessories. Don’t forget to add a pair of strappy hot pink sandals for an extra pop of color.
Pretty in Floral Print: $75.73
Sometimes bright whites need to be broken up, so try pairing white denim with a colorful button-up. This floral print blouse pairs perfectly with the jeans, and is on sale for just $20. Trendy mint-hued flats are ideal for spring, while a cool fringe bag helps to keep this look grounded.
Weekend Casual: $74.04
White jeans look so fun and fresh on the weekend, and unless you’re at Home Depot buying gigantic bags of soil, you don’t have that much to fear. A breezy, brightly-colored tank is ideal for running errands, and we paired it with these darling glittery sandals from Target. Keep the accessories minimal, but don’t forget some pastel nail polish.
Bright & Classy: $98.42
If you have a casual dress code at work or a relaxed Friday policy at your internship, try wearing white jeans at the office. The stark white hue makes this bold magenta button-up pop even more. Pair them with jade green pumps, then grab a black-and-white satchel for your necessities.
Do you love white jeans?
Or have you yet to jump on the bandwagon? Which look above is your favorite? Do you wear them casually, dress them up, or both? Whatever your thoughts are, we want to know! So drop us a line in the comment section below.
For me, spring fashion is all about soft colors, sheer fabrics, floral prints, and delicate embroidery. If this sounds like your style, look no further for inspiration than Ruche’s Spring 2014 “Flourish” lookbook, a collection of individual pieces and outfits that perfectly captures the essence of spring.
The lookbook includes almost twenty different looks, but I’ve chosen a few of my favorites to share. For help on recreating these lovely ensembles, read on:
This first outfit is easy and comfortable, but still polished and put-together – we think it would be perfect for a Sunday brunch with family or friends. Start with a chambray shirtdress, then layer on a draped vest. Add a pretty beaded necklace under your collar and slip on some cute two-toned sandals. Complete the look with a pair of geometric earrings and a woven bag.
This ensemble is casual, but includes a few chic and trendy touches. Pair boyfriend jeans with a Southwestern-inspired tee, then put on a pair of strappy block heels. Next, layer on the accessories! Wear a bright, coral-colored beaded necklace under a printed infinity scarf for an ultra-stylish look. Lastly, slip a simple gold bangle on your wrist.
This pretty and polished look would be ideal for a casual date or daytime event. Try a sleeveless coral blouse with a printed skirt, then accessorize with a woven belt and beaded statement necklace. Pick a pair of interesting sandals for a unique touch, and finish off the ensemble with triangle-shaped studs and a sheer nail polish.
Have you seen Ruche’s lookbook? Does it match your spring style? Which look is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this? Let us know in the comments!
Sheer lace has been a staple in the closets of many, but these pieces often have a shell underneath or offer the suggestion of skin without full-blown exposure. The peekaboo lace trend takes it a step further with very see-through lace, often without anything but undergarments beneath.
From skirts to tops, Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2014 collection was comprised almost entirely of revealing peekaboo lace, and Kim Kardashian was recently spotted in a long lace dress with just her bra and panties underneath. We’re just going to say it: this trend isn’t for the faint of heart!
If you love this look, we suggest wearing a mini-dress or leotard underneath the peekaboo lace. After all, you never know who you’ll run into on or off campus! We also like the idea of a dress with peekaboo lace elements, rather than an entire dress with little underneath.
In the sample outfit below, we took a sheer lace dress and put a bright skirt over it. Wear a bustier top underneath the dress to keep from baring it all.
Here’s our (modest) take…
Would you wear a sheer lace dress?
Or is this look simply too much for you? Would you tone it down with a leotard or cami underneath, or wear it like Kim K.? Do you forsee this trend lasting? Comment below and tell us what you think!