The Sassy Scholar

Transition is inevitable. Be it seasonal or work-related, our lives are shaped by the never-ending rites of passage that we endure. I recently talked about a transition that we can all relate to, the turning of seasons. This change required us to release the tight grips we had on our go-to chiffon dresses in favor of heavier fabrications in dark rich hues. In going through the motions of welcoming autumn, for me known as back-to-school, I realized that I another kind of change was in store for me. This year will be final year as a college undergraduate. The last year of shirking responsibility, making those frequent and hysteric calls to home about my crumbling life, and party like there is no tomorrow. It is my last year that I will be able to call myself a “kid” without it sounding pathetic. But even though I consider myself as “just a kid”, this summer during my internship I realized the importance of representing myself as a responsible individual who is capable of having a successful lifelong career. In embracing this new chapter of my life, my style is going through a transition of its own. Usually favoring trendy pieces that pop in fast fashion stores and the Juniors section in department stores, I am now seeking items that will have longevity into my wardrobe. However as Britney Spears once crooned, “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman”; while I want my wardrobe to seem more adult it should not come at the sacrifice of individuality and youthful experimentation. The pieces shown here are ones that I am excited to wear this upcoming school year. It is a mix of classic staples with trendier pieces, an ideal concoction that allows an individual to welcome a new era without growing up too soon.

Scholarly Sophistication
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Stacks on Stacks on Stacks

Leandra Medine is undoubtedly a pioneer of sorts. With the birth of her blog The Man Repeller she showed us that not only was it okay that we freely express ourselves through apparel that would typically make any man scratch their heads in wonderment, but it was also okay to let our freak flags hang high. The thing I love most about the Man Repeller is the effortlessness and confidence she exudes through her exotic fashions; a confidence that I believe to be irresistibly (even to the opposite sex!). Of the various trends, tutorials, and sartorial pictures that her site has provided, one of the most notable features her blog was the introduction of the “arm party.”

Personally I am more of a statement necklace or earring girl but one does not simply deny the sartorial intrigue the arm party provides for an outfit. Although I have yet to come up with a successful arm party for myself, experimenting with bracelets and rings at the cash wraps of my favorite stores have provided me with insight to creating a cohesive look. It all starts with a theme (typically what you would describe your personal style) and it builds from there. For this set I chose a bohemian theme because when I look for jewelry, pieces that remind me of youth and freedom are what appeal to me. When creating this look make sure that you are purchasing/creating items that are uniquely you so when people check out your fully loaded arm they’re getting to know you as a person, not what was sold as a set at Forever 21. Have fun and experiment!

How To Create an Arm Party
My favorite arm parties, courtesy of Pinterest and Song of Style

First Impressions

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Everyone can relate to having “first-day-of-school” jitters. The butterflies swarming in the pit of your gut, the sweat coating your palms, the inability to respirate. These symptoms come with the territory of starting a new chapter in your life.

Even as a college student I still toss and turn the night before classes thinking about what wear to the first day of classes. First outfits always carry so much significance and weight. It provides a brief statement to others about who you are, what you like, and who you aspire to be. It can give insight into your personality and preferences. What we wear can provide a person enough information about you just by your choice in garments.

This look reminded me of that back-to-school time period because it’s mid-August but me being the cable-knit-sweater hogging, boot-toting, fur loving freak that I am, at the sight of overcast I was all over my fall wardrobe like you would not believe. Jumping the gun? Maybe just a wee bit. The sun came out to play less than half an hour later. But the minute I slipped on my fur-adorned denim vest and pulled up my western-inspired black boots, I began to fill the tingle in my fingertips that one can only equate with the sense of a new beginning.

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Daring Denim

Printed Denim

American Eagle Outfitters boat neck top / Whyred long sleeve shirt, $150 / American Eagle Outfitters racerback tank / American Eagle Outfitters jeans / J crew / Sam Edelman boots / Ballet flat

In the late 1800’s when Levi Strauss first fashioned denim jeans he was simply creating a solution to the unavailability of durable pants during the Gold Rush. What Mr. Strauss did not foresee was that he would start a revolution for American fashion that would relevant for generations to come. Over one hundred years later, denim jeans are more relevant then ever, considered a staple in the wardrobes of females and males alike. With jeans being around for so long it only makes sense that the innovators of the world had to reinvent this classic item in order to get a fresh take. With the help of autumnal hues, tie-dye washes, and floral prints, denim was revitalized this fall on the runway.

As exciting as this new perspective on denim is, it can also be difficult to find a way to integrate these custom-designed pieces into our wardrobes. If you want to get your cost-per-wear out of this trendy item my advice is to treat them like any other pair of jeans. Above I have shown a tie-dyed pair of denim. One way you can showcase this outstanding piece is to let it be the focal point in your outfit, pair it with neutral pieces such as the plain tank, pullover sweater, chambray shirt, and western shoes shown above. This kind of pairing is more preferential when wearing printed denim, where mixing patterns is a little more tricky For a more quirky take, don’t be afraid to pair this denim with a patterned piece such as a striped sweater or cheetah print shoes. Just don’t wear them both at the same time! You can also do this with patterned pieces if the patterns are same; for example is you have a small printed floral pair of jeans try pairing it with a shirt with different size of florals in the same color scheme. Last but not least, through on some of your go-to accessories to create a uniquely you ensemble.