Why I Love Kimono Dresses

Not sure if anyone else recalls this, but about 10 years ago kimono dresses were an “it” item. I had one back in high school and still wear it to this day because it is so flattering. What makes them so flattering is the accentuated waist line. It draws attention to your waist which will make you look slimmer. Dresses can end up looking like a comfortable sleeping bag, but with a cinched waist a dress can really make you stand out. Your natural waistline will thank you later.

There is also the amazing necklines of Kimono dresses. They lay very elegantly on your chest. It doesn’t show too much off while still showing off your figure. When I saw this piece at Wolf and Whistle, I knew it was the one because this silhouette is my favorite as is the color.

I paired it with fishnets from the shop Time for Tights. There tights are so adorable and it gives this dress an added edge. Fishnets are really having a moment right now, so don’t be afraid to try them.

 

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Kimono Dress / Fishnets / Asos Boots (similar) / Topshop Purse (Similar) / Kendra Scott Earrings (Similar)

 

Photos: Marcello Rossi

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The Frayed Jean and the Square Toe Boot

These jeans are everything I’ve been searching for. I’ve been needing more black jeans lately and undoubtedly I was in desperate need of a statement hem on my jeans. The frayed jean look is fun and city chic. Per usual I am rocking the high-waisted style which helps elongate my legs. I paired them with my mock-neck shirt from Asos and my brand new boots from River Island.

I don’t know what it is about patent leather boots, but I am immediately attracted to them. I was looking for a new boot with a mid-level heel and a square toe. A square toe is extremely in style right now and I was so excited to find my dream pair from River Island.

I also threw on this gray cardigan sweater from Eliza Plume Boutique it is so cozy and very sleek looking for a cardigan. It has more structure like a jacket versus a normal slouchy cardigan. It definitely gives your outfit a more polished look rather than a more relaxed one.

Photos by: Marcello Rossi




Shirt Asos / Sweater Eliza Plume / Jeans Asos / Boots River Island (Similar) / Jewelry Kendra Scott

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Your New Closet Staple

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 Photo: Lauren Zillinger

If you’re looking to be ahead of the curve this fall or haven’t already jumped on the bomber jacket bandwagon, it’s time to get to it. This fall it is a sure thing that leather jackets will be replaced by bombers. Bomber jackets give your outfit a streetwear-cool vibe making it perfect for your leisure occasions. I opted for a metallic bomber for more of a statement piece, while other varieties are available like your classic black or dusty pinks.

I wore this outfit to the last and final College Fashionista workshop of the summer. I am currently a social media intern for them and love how much networking I’ve been able to do with them in the city. The workshop included a panel with the Creative Director of Henri Bendel, the senior editors of MTV Style, Fashionista.com and PureWow.com. The panel was super inspiring considering two of the senior editors were formerly interns for College Fashionista. It was located at the Henri Bendel store on fifth avenue which included fun mocktails, treats and goodie bags.

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The Perfect Bodysuit Style

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Photos by: Alexandra Hollander

So I have been wanting to purchase a bodysuit for a long while now. I kept putting it in the millions of online shopping baskets I wanted and then discarding it. I just was not finding the quality I wanted at the price point I had in mind. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, when I had my first actual trip to Zara. Now I have ordered online from Zara, but I had never been inside an actual store.

As you may have noticed by now, I am a bit of a bargain shopper. There is something about getting an item that retails for $100 and scoring it for $20. When I walked into Zara, like any smart merchandiser may have planned, the most visible items were the most expensive. At the beginning of the store were the items priced $100 and over. I checked out a few cute things and scurried my way to the back to find the normal pieces I shop for online at Zara. Right as I entered the back of the store, the bodysuit stuck out to me. I’d been wanting this purchase forever and why not make it happen in my first trip ever to Zara?

There are a few tips to buying a bodysuit though. Tip 1: Make sure the material is comfortable and stretchy. When something is that tightly wrapped around your body, the last thing you want is an uncomfortable material riding up. Tip 2: I happen to have a very long torso, so opting for the large in any one piece items is a must. Tip 3: Check for bra visibility by sticking something bright underneath the fabric. I almost purchased a white bodysuit there until I realized the fatal issue with the suit.

I ended up pairing my bodysuit with a jean-button-down-pencil skirt, some killer booties and my favorite My Girl sunglasses from Quay eyewear. This look is perfect for a hot summer’s day and easy to go from day-to-night.

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