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Looks on Campus: Lex – Fashion Institute of Technology

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With her bold, brave style and sparkling personality, anyone can see that Lex stands out from the crowd. It’s impossible not to find yourself smiling when talking to Lex, and her style reflects her fun nature.

While she enjoys wearing a wide range of styles, she admits that her most defining fashion feature is her hatred for pants… even though she was once spotted by a street style reporter for Seventeen magazine wearing a pair of oversized camo pants. The horror!

Lex concluded our interview by saying, “kawaii princess forever!”, which sums up her look. I’m really grateful her graphic outfit caught my eye, so I had a chance to talk to fashion royalty!

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Fit student street style

Name: Alexis – “But please call me Lex”

Year: Senior

Major: Fashion Merchandising Management, specializing in Product Development

School: Fashion Institute of Technology

Let’s Talk Fashion

How would you describe your style? “It’s like Clueless meets Freaks and Geeks. I guess it would be considered ‘alternative vintage.’ Just imagine pin-up girl legs and a lot of black. I’m very drawn toward mythical and magical symbols and designs right now, but I also want to be a Lolita/fairy kei Harajuku girl, as well as a forest fairy – so I guess my sense of style is very versatile! I just mostly don’t wear pants.”

What inspired this outfit? “Rave culture. I studied in London last term, and while I was a basshead and loved electronic/deep house/trance/all of that before, my English friends took me out to some sick places and introduced me to some cool artists. This outfit is perfect for making shapes, but still looking cute and comfortable!”

Who are some of your favorite designers? Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Meadham Kirchhoff – whom I just discovered last week! – Jeremy Scott, Christopher Raeburn, and Mary Katrantzou.”

When did you really start to develop your style? “As basic as it is, since I could dress myself. My mom put me in the worst clothes; I would wear sweats on sweats, and I remember in second grade a girl told me I should watch how I dressed. I’d always get into fights with my mom about my outfits. In middle school I fell into the ‘scene’ trend and since then have always been attracted to a more alternative style.”

Since you’re studying fashion, what are your hopes and dreams for yourself within the fashion industry? “New York has a sick streetwear background, but a ton of brands are coming out of LA.. London has interesting publications and Japan has a rich fashion culture. I don’t really know what I want to do yet; I just know that I want it to involve middle market street wear.

Long term, I want to make an impact. I took a class on ethics in the fashion industry and it gave me further insight on what we can do as customers and producers to not harm the people or environment around us.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Find a story that you like and pay attention to different outfits. Look on the internet for inspiration. Expensive items do not equal good style. Look for key wardrobe pieces to maximize looks and minimize spending. Also, see that you can DIY or thrift.

Basic advice, but when you’re trying to find your own vibe, don’t listen to what anyone says about you. Your personal style should reflect your personality. If you like how you feel in it, nothing else should matter.”

Elements of Lex’s Outfit

1. Prints on Prints

FIT student wearing a flower crop top and smiley face shorts

Did you think the top and shorts were sold together in a store? I definitely did! However, Lex fearlessly and perfectly paired this Lazy Oaf flower crop top with shorts found at Gypsy Warrior.

Lex’s outfit is a stylish example of how you shouldn’t be afraid to mix unlikely prints; maybe you didn’t naturally associate smiley faces with flowers, but they look great together on this fashionista!

2. Fun Accessories

Stylish FIT student fashion

In case you didn’t get the memo from the happy face shorts, Lex has a vibrant personality that she continues to show off with a rainbow Mickey Mouse bracelet she bought at Disney World. Her accessories walk the line between adolescence and adulthood, with one wrist showing off her strong love for Disney while the other is adorned with more subdued yet still coordinating bracelets.

Lex wore sneakers and gray socks with her outfit. Her footwear of choice was unexpectedly comfortable and casual, but worked well with her look.

3. Double Buns

College student wearing double buns

This super-cute double bun hair style is easy and adorable. As noted before, Lex takes adolescent elements from childhood and wears them in a fresh and on-trend way. When is the last time you wore pigtails? Take a cue from this street style maven and try them out!

What do you think of Lex’s outfit?

Would you ever wear two bold prints together? Are you sold on adorable hair buns? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Class to Night Out: Mesh Detail Dress

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Mesh panel dresses from missguided
Mesh Detail Dresses from MissGuided: 1, 2, 3

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

Cutouts have been trendy for a while now, but recently they have been given a fun, fresh twist. Cutouts with a sheer mesh overlay were huge on the spring and fall 2014 runways. Mesh has been featured in other ways too, like dresses and skirts with mesh detailing at the hem.

Mesh is a great way to achieve a trendy, interesting look, but it may seem difficult to style for daytime. In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style a beautiful dress with mesh overlay at the neckline for both class and a night out. Keep reading for tips on how to style this tricky trend!

Mesh Detail Dress: Class

Mesh detailed dress, sandals, denim jacket, and a tan satchel
Product Information: Dress, Jacket, Bag, Sandals, Lip Stain, Bracelet, Nail Polish

Take this slightly dressy red frock down a couple notches for daytime by pairing it with a classic denim jacket in a medium wash. This will still show off the beautiful embroidery on the skirt, but makes the top of the dress more casual for class.

Pair this look with neutral but girly accessories, like these sandals with gold bows and a brown trapeze-shaped tote with gold hardware. A cuff bracelet featuring a white bow detail continues the feminine look. Paint your nails a shimmery dark gold, and look fresh-faced and beautiful with a red lip stain.

Mesh Detail Dress: Night Out

Mesh detailed dress, black heels, a gold clutch, and statement necklace
Product Information: Dress, Necklace, Bag, Shoes, Eyeshadow, Mascara

This dress works perfectly for a night out when paired with a statement necklace and a shiny gold clutch. This champagne and black-hued statement necklace would look amazing over the mesh neckline of this dress, and the gold clutch plays off of the champagne color in the necklace so well.

Take advantage of the still relatively warm weather and grab a pair of black heeled sandals. Go for a naturally gorgeous makeup look: a brown smoky eye and big lashes.

Your thoughts?

Would you ever wear a mesh detail dress? To class? For a night out? On a date? How would you style this mesh detail dress? Let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, and tell me what other pieces you’d like to see featured on Class to Night Out!

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Trend Watch: Neoprene

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Trend Watch: Neoprene
Photos Courtesy of ELLE: 1, 2, 3

Welcome to CF’s latest series, Trend Watch. From high fashion to street style, we’re covering all the latest trends, then showing you affordable ways to rock each look. This column is all about making super-trendy pieces work for the average college girl, so if you have a trend you would like to see featured here, leave a comment and let us know!

Inspired by the fabric of surfers’ wetsuits, neoprene has been a fabric in the spotlight this summer. One thing is for sure: it’s here to stay for at least another season.

For this Trend Watch post, I was inspired by the thick fabric and looked at ways to make the trend campus-appropriate, while also making the most of its texture. When styling neoprene, there are two ways to go. It should either fit like a glove or have a slightly architectural feel to it. This way, you can make the most of this unique fabric without it looking awkward.

Below are three ways you can wear neoprene to class this semester. Scroll down to see all of the looks:

 A Hint Of Neoprene

Neoprene skirt, white tee, cardigan, and ankle booties
T-Shirt, Skirt, Cardigan, Shoes, Bracelet, Bag

For this outfit, I chose a pastel-colored neoprene skater skirt and paired it with a simple white t-shirt. However, since fall is just around the corner, I incorporated warm brown tones to make the look even cozier and more comfortable.

Light brown Chelsea boots will keep your feet warm, while this thick knit cardigan is perfect for a chilly autumn day. Accessorize with a golden leaf bracelet and a light-colored bag to match the skirt and top combo. The nice thing about neoprene skirts is that they have more volume than other alternatives, and the rigid shape will give you the perfect hourglass silhouette.

Where The Birds Are

Neoprene LBD, denim jacket, and heeled boots
Denim Jacket, Earrings, Shoes, Bag, Dress

This neoprene bird embroidered little black dress is absolutely adorable. It has a tight fit without looking like it is clinging on to your body. Dress down this LBD for classes by layering up with a classic denim jacket and adding a pair of slightly edgy cut-out ankle boots. To finish off the outfit, I went for a crossbody bag that is a similar color as the embroidery on the dress, and accessorized with gold triangle studs.

Floral Neoprene

Floral neoprene top, skort, ankle strap flats, and backpack
Top, Skort, Backpack, Sandals

I wanted this final outfit to be a girly take on neoprene, so I looked for playful patterns and found this gorgeous top. Pair the floral neoprene top with a white skort and light brown laser-cut sandals. This look is so fun, and perfect for those last few weeks of summer. For the finishing touch, accessorize with a cute colorblocked backpack. That way you can easily carry your belongings while still staying chic!

Your Thoughts?

Which of these three outfits is your favorite? Did you try neoprene clothing items already? Let us know in the comments below!

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