Fall Fashion 101: Back to Campus Look

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As the trees lose their leaves one by one, Florida loses its cheesy tourists, as they rush back to their hometown Target for school supplies. Finally, it is time for fashion to reassert authority where the “Smith Family Reunion” T-shirts took over. The fashion addict’s manicured hands grasp Vogue’s September Issue, her designer glasses ogle at the shows of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as she eagerly anticipates mixing textures and trying out the chic trends that would have been unbearable in the summer heat.

I’m sure that the nostalgia of fallen leaves crunching under your leather boots lures you into dreams of your tweed blazers, cashmere and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes. But unfortunately, in most parts of the U.S., the temperatures are not dwindling much, yet. So before you can kiss your gladiator sandals goodbye and sport your new pair of designer boots, here are a few ways to throw out your beach-bum and embrace your classy side for the fall semester.

Usually, I do not lead my outfit descriptions with the shoes, but considering the fact that you can’t make it through an hour outside without seeing loafers, I just had to start with this burgundy suede version of the trend. Also known as “smoking shoes,” these loafers offer the comfort of a slipper and the preppy charm of a Kennedy. Not to mention, they are a refreshing alternative to Keds for pairing with your paper bag shorts or A-line skirt. This stylish fashionista infused warm fall tones into her black- and white ensemble with this pair.

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And while every woman should have a white blouse, this playful peter-pan collared shirt is perfect for autumn classes and has endless styling potential. This little fashionista wore it with a flirty polka dot skirt, but it would look equally chic with denim or crepe shorts. Collar082415edited

If you learn anything from this fashion lesson, remember that it if you can’t keep up with the latest trends, wearing timeless, structured pieces will always be fashionable for fall. A crisp collar and A-line skirt will always be flattering. So instead of breaking out last summer’s palazzo pants and fringe crop top, save yourself a “Why did I wear that?” moment down the road, and start the school year with a few classic staples.

Living Life, Barbie Style

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I have been obsessing over Jeremy Scott’s spring 2015, ready-to-wear collection that he designed for Moschino. If you have not seen it already, first of all, you are missing out. Secondly, you must check it out here

If you were anything like me, growing up, you probably idolized Barbie and wished that you could wear all of her too-cute-for-words outfits. Well, Jeremy Scott has quite literally pulled Barbie out of the box and onto the runway. The photos from the show remind me of a scene from the Disney original film, “Lifesize”, where Tyra Banks plays a doll like Barbie, named Eve, who comes to life.

Everything, from the bubblegum-pink outfits, to the candy colored pumps and the over-exaggerated accessories are reminiscent of Barbie. Although Barbie has been brought to life a few times in the past, by Bob Mackie specifically, as Cher’s go-to designer, his version of Barbie was a bit more exotic and abstract. Whereas Jeremy Scott’s collection pays tribute to the platinum-blonde doll that has made toy store shelves her home since 1959. I can’t help but muse over this collection by Jeremy Scott for Moschino. It just makes you feel like you are being transported to Barbie’s dream house in Malibu, and you really do not want to leave.

My favorite piece is this trench coat. The large, gold buttons, the black trim, the light, mocha-colored fabric and the black cuffs are the definition of adorable. I especially adore how it is styled on the model, with the foulard, gold cat-eye sunglasses and the metallic gold pumps.

In light of this collection, I felt inspired to adopt my own Barbie world with a few favs from my closet.

The dress that I am wearing is a white Betsey Johnson cocktail dress with gingham trim and crinoline lining. Not only did the silhouette and detailing remind me of Barbie, but gingham is very much on trend this season. If you look at the Diane von Furstenberg spring 2015, ready-to-wear collection, hereyou will see what I am talking about. I also wore a pink lip, which can be bought here, to brighten up my Barbie look.

All in all, if you ever want to play dress up, Barbie is a fabulous icon to follow!