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Quiz: Which Fall 2014 Trend Should You Incorporate Into Your Back-to-School Look?

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It’s almost August, which means many of us will be heading back to school before we know it. Even though the thought of a new semester with new professors and midterms galore may sound frightening, there’s one thing that every college fashionista can get excited about: back-to school-shopping!

After a summer of working and saving up, my money is burning a hole in my pocket, and I’m ready to buy some fall fashion! If you need some ideas for staying trendy while back-to-school shopping, take the quiz below to find out which Fall 2014 runway style you should rock on campus:

Quiz Results!

Below are the results to the quiz. If you haven’t taken it yet, then don’t peek! I’ve created an outfit inspired by each Fall 2014 trend. Scroll down to check them out:

Bright Mixed Colors

Fall 2014 with bright mixed colors
Product Information: Skort, Tank, Sunglasses, Purse, Shoes

This outfit is a perfect summer-to-fall transitional look. The bright colors are super young and fun, plus the orange handbag is stylish pick that can be carried throughout fall.

When mixing bright colors together, feel free tone it up or down as much as you’d like. Here, we mixed prints for an extra bold look, but you could also pair the skort with a solid-colored top or vice versa. After all, fashion is about making each trend your own!

Normcore

Normcore inspired fall outfit
Product Information: Crop Pants, Blazer, Loafers, Watch, V-Neck

If normcore sounds like a made-up word, that’s because kind of is! A combination of “normal” and “hardcore”, the premise behind this trend is to blend in so much that you stand out. It’s essentially really intense casual wear.

Personally, this outfit is my favorite because it’s super versatile. Whether you’re meeting with your study group or are headed to class, polished jeans and a structured blazer are appropriate for almost anything and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Cardigan Craze

Back-to-School outfit: cutoffs, crop top, knit cardigan
Product Information: Shorts, Crop Top, Sweater, Boots, Hat

Cozy knits were all over the fall runways. Oversized, head-to-toe, colored and neutral – it was all there! This is another incredibly wearable trend since almost everyone has a trusty cardigan (or five) somewhere in their closet.

This look is ideal for a cold classroom or a late night library study session. Another way to up the high fashion factor? Pair it with sweater tights once the weather gets cooler to really emphasize the knit aspects of the outfit.

Sheer Brilliance

Back-to-School outfit: lace top, sheer panel shorts, sandals
Product Information: Shorts, Top, Cuff, Bag, Shoes, Bralette

Sheer pieces have been spotted in stores for a while now, but really blew up on runway this season. When worn tastefully and in toned-down colors, you can create a look that is sophisticated and collected.

If you’re looking for sheer clothes in stores, make sure everything that needs coverage gets coverage; if the bralette above is a bit risqué for your taste, a cami would look equally as cute underneath the lace top! Also, don’t over-do it with too many accessories. In this case, a sleek tote and gold cuff are all you need for a romantic and stylish ensemble.

What do you think?

What’s on your back-to-school shopping list? Would you wear any of these outfits? Which is your favorite? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Back-to-School Style: Wardrobe Basics for College Girls

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Casual and cute back to school outfits

It’s that time of the year again: back-to-school season. Everyone’s thinking about what clothes to bring to college and how to fit everything in a tiny closet, and this is a recipe for stress and over-packing. However, if you start planning early, your dorm/apartment’s closet can be less crammed than a Forever 21 rack.

In this post, I wanted to go over a few of my must-have college wardrobe staples, as well as my favorite ways to wear each piece. These all-day-everyday basics are the best place to start when you’re considering what to bring to college:

1. All-American Layers

Back to school outfit jeans white tee converse

Jeans and a white v-neck are the skeletons of any closet. These are the bare bones needed to support layers, so I always bring multiples with me to school. Also, I can’t live without cardigans, even in the summer.

When you’re walking across campus, comfort is key, and these mint Converse sneakers add an unexpected, pastel touch to any outfit. I love the look of white Converse too, but I’m prone to spilling everything, so I thought this mint hue was a tad safer.

Other college basics I recommend bringing? Dark and light-colored camisoles (mine are from F21) and a watch (tortoiseshell makes me feel like a cool grandma).

2. Better With a Sweater

Back to school fashion sweaters and ankle booties

It may not be sweater weather, but thin, oversized sweaters are an eternal staple in my wardrobe. Speaking of eternity, I have eternal love for neutral ankle boots. I wear these with everything. Just the other day I carved my name plus a drawing of these boots into an oak tree to mark our love.

During summer, I love pairing thin sweaters with white shorts. This look can easily be transferred from summer to fall with black pants, another basic I beseech you to bring with you to college. Black pants help combat against the leggings apocalypse.

3. Lounging Around

Cute college loungewear

Midnight fire alarms, freshman dorm movie parties, and any day in-between calls for snuggly lounge clothes. I’m partial to these gray sweatpants because they have real life, authentic, can-actually-hold-stuff pockets. As part of my master plan, I painted my nails this chic, classic gray (Essie’s Master Plan). My top is actually a minty dolman-style shirt, which is something that can also be worn to class or the gym.

To sum up my back-to-school wardrobe basics packing list: jeans, black pants, white shorts, comfy lounge pants, oversized sweaters, cardigans, a white v-neck shirt, camisoles, ankle boots, easy-to-walk-in sneakers (like Converse), and a watch. Cute sweater-material pillow? Optional.

Your Turn!

What’s first on your back-to-school packing list? Do you love wardrobe basics? Do you want to see more back-to-school outfit ideas? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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The Return of the Maxi: New Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress for Summer 2014

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Fresh ways to wear a maxi dress
Photos: ELLE

Remember two summers ago, when maxi dresses were the hottest new fashion trend? They were everywhere. Eventually, though, most girls, myself included, found themselves getting a little bored with the look.

This summer, I’ve noticed a resurgence of the maxi dress – fashionistas have once again started wearing the versatile piece for every summer occasion.

Of course, when the maxi dress was first in style, the long, daring silhouette was a fashion statement in itself. Now, not unlike leggings (remember in 2007 when you thought they were the greatest thing since sliced bread?), the maxi dress has evolved from the hot new item to a wardrobe staple.

Maxi dresses are now as ubiquitous as sundresses. Today, just like leggings and a sweater, a maxi and flip-flops is a no-fail, but not particularly exciting, go-to look. So, how do you bring this look into 2014? Go bold!

Maxi dresses are no longer fresh on their own – cool prints and daring accessories will turn them into a fashion-forward outfit. Of course, all the outfits labeled “old” in this post are still really cute, but I challenge you to try out some of these tips and outfit ideas to upgrade your maxi style this summer.

Casual Day Out with Friends

Casual maxi dress outfits
Product Information: Pink Dress, Flip FlopsOwl Necklace, Printed BagFloral DressSandals, Chain NecklaceHatRed Bag.

A comfy and casually styled maxi dress is perfect for going out to lunch with the girls, browsing a farmer’s market, or keeping your legs from getting chilly in a heavily air-conditioned movie theater.

Opting for a printed maxi instead of a solid-colored one adds instant interest, but still allows you to get creative with accessories. Replace predictable add-ons with of-the-moment ones: swap a tote for a bucket bag, flip flops for metallic gladiator sandals, and a pendant necklace to a chain link style.

Also, choose accessories in the same colors that appear in the print to keep it all tied together. And of course, topping the look off with a fedora gives it an effortless summertime vibe.

If it’s chilly, a faded jean jacket would look great over this floral dress, as would a bright scarf. As with any maxi, you can add extra interest and better flatter your figure by cinching the waist with a cute belt.

While the whole maxi/denim jacket/sandals outfit formula is nothing new, piling on bold accessories and choosing a cool print make for a standout look.

Evening Barbecue

Evening barbecue maxi dress outfits
Product Information: Blue Dress, Necklace, Brown Wedges, Clutch, Black Dress, Vest, Striped Wedges, Belts, Black Bag.

Like your favorite sundress, a maxi is an easy choice for a relaxed evening event!

While I love the look of this blue dress paired with a statement necklace and wedges, a geometric print maxi and brown wedges is pretty predictable. Try something new by opting for an edgy print, like these boho daisies, a moody floral, or an animal print.

A vest adds a whole new dimension to a simple maxi dress outfit – choose a moto style, like the one above, or a denim or cargo version. (All three are super cute!) Add a pop of color with a bright belt, and try some subtle print mixing with patterned wedges.

Finish off the look with a trendy fringe bag and maybe some stacked rings or layered necklaces. You’ll looked relaxed while showing off your creative style.

Dressy Date

Dressy date maxi dress outfit set
Product Information: Dress, Earrings, Wedges, Necklace, Cuffs, Sandals.

There’s a fine line between a dressier maxi and an evening gown, and you don’t want to look overdressed for an occasion like a dinner date. One way to avoid this is by choosing a dress made from a no-frills material, such as a body hugging jersey or, like the maxi above, a relaxed polyester.

Look for casual yet chic details, like the tie waist on this dress. Keep your hair and makeup relaxed, too. That way, you’ll play up the effortlessness of the flowy dress and not look like you’re headed to the Met Gala.

This fantastic red dress would have been as bold a choice a couple of years ago as it is today. Back then, when the maxi dress was a new trend, you may have been tempted to play it safe with the rest of the look by choosing a simple clutch, matching earrings, and opting for neutral wedges over pumps.

For a bold and fresh look, go all out in animal print sandals and trendy jewelry, like a chain link necklace and matching cuffs on each wrist (I love this trend – you feel like Wonder Woman!). As I said before, this look won’t be overwhelming if you rock it with long, flowing hair and natural makeup.

Since evenings can get chilly, a lightweight cropped moto jacket or shimmery cardigan would be fab to top off these nighttime looks. Like any maxi, this style would also look good with a belt – for a dressier occasion, try a thick embellished one to make a real statement!

What do you think?

Are you into the maxi dress look or sick of it? Are you inspired by any of these maxi styling tips? What’s your favorite way to wear a maxi dress? Do you think they’re appropriate for all occasions? I want to hear it, so let me know in the comments!

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Movie Inspiration: The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars movie poster
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A box of tissues and a friend for emotional support are necessary when watching the emotional roller coaster that is The Fault in Our Stars. For those who loved the book, the movie version of The Fault in Out Stars is a must-see this summer.

Throughout the emotional ups and downs in the film, the main character, Hazel, had a casual and comfortable style that is easy to recreate anytime of the year. Below are three looks inspired directly by the outfits Hazel wore throughout the film. Scroll down to check them out!

Last Picnic

The Fault in Our Stars Picnic
Official Promotional Image

This first outfit, which Hazel wore at her and Augustus’s last picnic, perfectly reflects her causal sense of style. This look includes many layers, making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor events. In fact, we think this outfit is stylish option to wear to class or even a meeting with a study group.

Hazel tfios picnic outfit
Shirt, Hoodie, Jeans, ShoesCoat

Since Hazel’s outfit is all about the layers, you can get a similar look by wearing a basic tee, then layering on a zip-up hoodie and a hunter green peacoat. The great thing about this multi-layered look is that, depending on the weather, you can add or subtract pieces as needed.

In this look, Hazel also rolled up her dark wash jeans, which is another way to adjust your ensemble depending on the temperature or situation. To complete the casual outfit, add a pair of Converse or lace-up sneakers to make the look even more comfortable.

Hazel and Augustus

The Fault in Our Stars Hazel and Augustus
Official Promotional Image

When compared to other outfits Hazel wore in the film, the look above is a little more put-together. Although it includes dressier pieces, it is still a casual yet polished choice for upcoming fall classes. Like the previous ensemble, this outfit also involves many layers and can be catered to the weather.

The Fault in Our Stars Hazel outfit
Top, Sweater, Coat, Earrings, Jeans, Shoes

For a similar look, wear a white button-down shirt with a red cardigan or sweater. Grab that deep green peacoat for some added warmth on those cooler nights. Pair these pieces with classic blue skinny jeans and black flats for a casual vibe. As for accessories, Hazel kept it simple with a pair of black stud earrings.

Dinner in Amsterdam

The Fault in Our Stars - Hazel and Augustus in Amsterdam
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While in Amsterdam, Hazel branches out style-wise with a beautiful blue dress and peacoat. Although it is something that she wouldn’t normally wear every day, the outfit still suits her style, but in an elegant way that fits with the occasion. This monochrome look would be appropriate for a nice dinner with the family or that special someone.

Hazel tfios blue dress look
Dress, Jacket, Hair Clips, Earrings, Flats

To recreate Hazel’s dinner outfit, wear a blue skater dress that isn’t too revealing. Hazel kept her clothes modest throughout the film, so choosing dress with a modest neckline and length is key. Her dress was also striped, so don’t be afraid to wear a dress that has unique detailing, like the textured frock above.

For a chic, monochrome look, wear the dress with a navy blue peacoat, then keep things comfy with classic ballet flats. Pin your hair back with a thick hair clip, then accessorize with a pair of minimalist gold studs.

What do you think?

What do you think of these looks? Did you watch and enjoy The Fault in Our Stars? Which movies would you like to see featured in future Movie Inspiration posts? Tell us what you think in a comment below!

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