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.

Project Runway, Season 13 Finalist, Sandhya Garg, Brings Fashion to Campus

In Gainesville, it is not too common that we get innovative designers coming to participate in a University of Florida fashion show. This is precisely why I was thrilled to interview “Project Runway” season 13 finalist, Sandhya Garg.

At only 29 years old, Sandhya has made her fashion dreams come true. While many young girls would simply play with their Barbie dolls, at 10 years old, Garg’s dolls set the stage for her life calling.

“I had a lot of creative energy, and I would watch movies and stuff, and then just make stuff for my dolls; I made these clothes for my dolls, and then I had boxes full of clothes for my Barbie doll, so I think it just developed from there,” Garg said.

In 2009, Garg started her fashion career at the London College of Fashion, (LCF), as a direct second-year entry to the three-year program that they have. Not long after finishing school, Garg went on to become a contestant-turned finalist on Project Runway, season 13, where she was happy to share her talent with the large “Project Runway” audience.

“You know, it is such a huge platform when you get on the show, and it reaches so many people. Everyone watches it all over the world,” Garg said.

Her unique ability to draw inspiration from other works of art has contributed to her original and enchanting aesthetic. For this particular fashion show, put on by the UF Pride Awareness Month, the theme was, “warriors”. Garg’s show consisted of 10 pieces, which were pulled from various collections.

“There are pieces that are really close to my heart. Some of them are from my LCF collection, the first collection that I ever did there,” The collection was inspired by a Russian ballet company, Garg said.

No matter where Garg’s future endeavors take her, there is no doubt that she will continue to work as a gifted designer.

“You want to do the whole process: You want to get your fabrics, or design your fabrics- be inspired by a story and then make clothes. The pure design process is what a designer does and enjoys, so I have always wanted to do that.”

Learn more about Sandhya Garg and her innovative designs at this link: http://www.sandhyagarg.com/

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