Dress Around the Code
Briana Ottoboni ’15
Summer is fading with every sunset, and back-to-school sales are on the rise. The most critical part of this intermediate season is the wardrobe transition from summer to fall. Lessons in layering are imperative, as summer crop tops will be tastefully styled under any one of fall’s trendy coats. On the general style consensus of this fall, Isabella Onken ’15 spills, “I think grungier stuff is super in.”
Clothing: On the runway earlier this spring, a copious number of designers debuted their fall 2013 collections. Each collection featured an entirely different style, but a common theme was the juxtaposition of different styles (feminine lace with a motorcycle boot). The SI dress code looks far from any runway outfit (no polos were spotted in any fall collection). There are a few things that can jazz up a look. Zoe Wong ’14 says, “I think a great basic piece is military style jackets. A plain green one is a nice neutral piece to wear with patterned pants.”
Mixing patterns was a huge trend last year and will carry into upcoming months, but try mixing textures: think leather (or faux) and denim.
The color palette incorporates darker jewel tones with eccentric pops of blues and oranges.
Boxy silhouettes can be found in oversized coats, dresses, and sweaters. Throw on a polo and layer it with any of the former options, and boom. Polo gone.
Shoes: All I can say is thank goodness we don’t have a dress code for shoes. So making your shoes runway acceptable is possible. Shoe trends for the fall are all over the map.
Hightops rocked the runways, and hidden wedges are another craze. Boots. Boots. Boots. Need I say more? But, before you make the final deposit on those Tory Burch Riding boots, look into a shorter pair. Micaela O’Connor ’14 who always has the most on-trend, cutest shoes, contributes, “My personal favorite shoe trend would have to be the spunky athletic sneaker with a more dressed up outfit or even a dress. I think a cute feminine dress combined with some Nike Air Max 90's or some Adidas Pro Models is a look with both personality and comfort.”
Throwback to the 6th grade vans craze because slip-ons are definitely a must and perfect for those lazy days (we all have ‘em).
Accessories: Accessories are something over which we have the most control. So huge necklaces and earrings from the Haight are perfect and definitely complement those polo collars.
Happy New (School) Year, but most importantly, happy back-to-school shopping!
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