Most of us living the life of a co-ed often come across a reoccurring dilemma. With our limited finances being spent on living costs, college costs and a social life, how on earth can we afford to stay on trend and fashionable from one season to the next?
College Lifestyles has the answer – purchase key staple pieces for your wardrobe that can easily be transferred to the following season.
Make these hot summer trends work well into next season with CL’s easy outfit ideas. We have showcased four key pieces of clothing that you can wear this summer and into the fall. The trick is to pick the staples in colours that will still be trending in a few months. To make things even better, the pieces we have chosen won’t break the bank!
Remember that these are only ideas and that you can pick up similar items whenever you’re out casually shopping with the plan of carrying them into the fall season in mind. Perhaps you’ll be extra lucky and pick up the staple items on clearance!
#1 – Chiffon Tulip Skirt
Now: The length and material of this skirt make it a breezy and classy option for summer. It also allows for the showing of a bit more skin on top, such as a floral bralet style top, which is definitely trending right now. Pair it with an eye-catching long necklace, fringed clutch and comfortable summer flats with a bit of sparkle.
Later: This skirt features a wrap-front, which gives it a classic style. As the weather cools off wear this skirt with a stripped long sleeve top and pantyhose. Make this outfit suitable for the office by dressing it up with a pair of brown leather boots, a bedazzled clutch and chunky collar type necklace.
#2 – Lightweight Denim Shirt
Now: Denim shirts are no longer simply a distant memory from the fourth grade. This style has made a comeback and it’s back with a vengeance. Play up this blouse’s classic vibe for summer with a pair of chino shorts featuring a lightweight scarf as a belt in a cream color. A shoulder brown bowtie leather bag is adorable and the calypso necklace features tiers of blue and flaunts an oceanic vibe. Slip on sandals in a complementary colour.
Later: This shirt features front pocket detail and pearl-snap closures. Emphasize your figure by wearing it with a long svelte skirt in an autumnal color with leather belt. Add sophistication by wearing platform booties, gold pyramid earrings and a clasp closure clutch.
#3 – Crochet Detailed Dress
Now: This coral sleeveless dress features a crochet collar and an elasticated waist. The color and style channel a playful mood and adding a leather belt with a fun shell detail intensifies it. A white patent leather bag is a versatile accessory as it can be both a shoulder bag as well as a clutch. Cute camel suede sandals and bling jewelry tie the outfit together.
Later: Add polish to this dress in the fall with a tailored blazer and pantyhose. Switch from sandals to a pair of lace up platform formal booties and carry an edgy burgundy square clutch with ring and stud embellishments. Finish with a pair of circle drop earrings in one of falls hottest colors.
#4 – Leather Effect Pants
Now: Take these dynamic pants with leather effect front panels and decorative seam at the knees out on the town. A colorblock double layer tunic in cobalt blue with an exposed zip back paired with a trending beaded chain fringe necklace is sure to turn every head. Cap toe shoes are going to be all the rage and these black patent bow embellished pumps channel ladylike luxe. A pastel teal clutch and textured chain bangle set brings out a true rocker chic who’s ready to party.
Later: Go simply stylish by balancing these vibrant pants with a relaxed oversized long sleeve sweater. Season after season the riding boot stays a must have in the shoe department. These pine red leather ones are a great color for fall and we’re confident you wont be able to find an outfit that wouldn’t go with them. Emerald green leather accordion style messenger bag with an effortless leather wrap bracelet and rose gold earrings give an overall laid back look.
Now that you have new clothes that you know are going to be around for a while take time to organize your closet. Jenna shows you how with her article Simple Steps to De-clutter Your Closet!
We know, seeing all the stellar fall fashion that’s coming your way makes you want it to be here now. However don’t wish away summer just yet! There’s still plenty of time to rock the warm weather wardrobe and take comfort in knowing the pieces you love will be patiently waiting for their revamp fall look.
Shaundra Boyd is a Health, Fashion & Lifestyle Writer for College Lifestyles, which is fantastic as she is extremely passionate about all three! This Canadian girl has a BSc Kinesiology and is currently studying Public Relations. She loves orchids, browsing her favorite magazines, family, friends & creativity