11.13.2012

THE REFINED COLLEGIATE

Maxi Skirt: Donna Karan,  Boots: Threadsence (only $46!), Belt: Rag & Bone,  Cardi: Etro, Top: Anna Sui, Bag: Reed Krakoff.
     Did you know that Polyvore has an "Ask" section where you can submit your burning wardrobe questions for style community assistance? Since I've had the habit of What-Not-To-Wearing my (betimes unwilling) peeps since childhood, I was thrilled to find another venue where I can put my skills to use between styling gigs. Isn't the game of pretend dress-up with trending designer duds just intoxicating??? Here's an example of what yours truly has been up to on Polyvore:

Q. @Danielle2012: What should I wear with this? I have this amazing black maxi skirt with a slit up the front and I want to wear it today. I have black combat boots and brown combat boots but I need a top. It's fall here but it's in the upper 60s today. Any ideas?! Btw I am a college student and this is for class.

A. @whatshersecret: Hey there, @Danielle2012! First, I love the boots! Since you've already got a pretty edgy combo with the maxi and the combat boots, I think that it's important to keep in mind that balance is the key to creating the perfect look. You have edgy, now you need soft/feminine. Enter the pretty lace Anna Sui blouse. You also want to be warm and casual/comfy for school. The Etro striped cardi not only perfectly marries edgy with casual, it'll keep you snuggly warm and it beautifully creates a cohesive color story with the brown boots and the black skirt. Finish with a minimalist go-with-anything satchel in oxblood for a bit of punch (and trendiness!).

  
What do you guys think about my advice? How would you have styled her maxi skirt & boots?
 
 

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