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Finding Your Back To School Style

The time has come. Back to grueling hours of class work, commitments, classroom settings, and responsibilities. There are two types of students: those who dress to impress and those who opt to throw on the sweatpants and call it a day. Personally, I like to dabble in both realms depending on how I’m feeling, how much sleep I got, and which clothes are clean.  Although I do admit that there are times where I look slightly more homeless than others.

So how do you make a lazy day look like a stylishly planned one? Better yet, how do you make sweatpants look effortless? During times of academic distress (or pure laziness) you have to know the ins and outs of the casual chic game. Lucky for you, I’m here to help.

This effortless look was styled on StyleChat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with a casual denim, some comfortable joggers, and all white adidas. This slew of pieces is like the ultimate guide to effortless student dressing. Come one, come all to the world of casual chic! I’ll be there, so that’s reason enough to want to conform, right? (you don’t have to answer that)

Whatever your style addendum–be it effortlessly thrown together, or artfully thought out, or just simply effortless–wear it, and wear it well this school year. Best of luck.

 

By Leah Heyman

 

Decorating On A Dime

Let’s be honest, to live chicly AND cheaply is not an easy feat.

Whether you’re a college student, an aspiring artist, an up-and-comer in the medical field, or just a San Francisco resident, you can (and should) read along to better your living space in a reasonably tasteful way.

 In all aspects of life, there are at least two forking roads to every destination. On the elusive path to luxe living: How does a young, fashion-forward person forego the 14k gold-paved road and instead, go the silver-plated road? Will both roads lead to Anthropologie level in-house decorum?

Unfortunately, the road less traveled is silver-plated for a reason. There are no $200 hipster wall hangings on this road. Nor are there $36 candles (sigh). But don’t fret! While you’re still an up-and-comer in life, it is perfectly ok to religiously scout for deals and fight to the death for coupon codes. In fact, it’s necessary.

 To aid you in your lifelong journey to the land of the 14k gold paved roads,  we’ve compiled some of the most unconventionally conventional methods to curating the ultimate chic/cheap paradise.

Method #1: Plants are friends (and food)

In a quaint space, why wouldn’t you think to splash in some plant life? Adding some biological spice to your otherwise all white bathroom/bedroom gives it just the right pop of low-price luxury and crispness.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Method #2: Walls are giant canvases

Whether you decide to go freelance on a wall-sized painting, you choose 10-15 different pictures to hang up, or you simply want to throw a wallpaper up, you should seriously consider thinking of your walls as more than just the physical ends to your living space. A creatively designed wall is a weapon that can drastically transform a space from drag to fab.

Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Guess what--you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well
Guess what–you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well

Method #3: Eclectic is the New Black

When money is a deciding factor in your quest to swanky diggs, you don’t have time to confine yourself to one style/color palette. Who are you kidding, you don’t have time to conform at all! Use carpets as tapestries, magazines as coffee tables, musical instruments as wall pieces. Throw some of those cool rock/butterfly collections on a a shelf. You might as well gather up some childhood memorabilia in the mix too, why not? Eclectic is cool people, embrace it.

Photo courtesy of www.brit.co
Photo courtesy of http://www.brit.co
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of www.ourboathouse.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of http://www.ourboathouse.com

Despite your occupation, income, square footage, you–yes, you–deserve to come home to a space that looks and feels like home. In more trite terms, the width of your wallet does not define you! (my apologies for that one, had to get it out of my system)

One day you will be on the coveted golden road to greatness. Until then, make the silver-plated road as shiny as you can.

By: Leah Heyman

Affordable Back to School Looks, BCBG Max Azria Resort 2014

Are you struggling with the constant pull of new trends and all of the expenses that come with it?

As a newly emerged college student having to now plan out expenses based on meals and other necessities, I have had a hard time letting go of the thing that I love the most: fashion. However, with the right amount of dedication and inspiration, anything is possible.

Lourdes from UCLA created affordable ensembles inspired by BCBG Max Azria Resort collection for 2014 in this post for CollegeFashion.com.

This first look (feature photo) a patterned white shift dress, nude strappy wedges and simple-white purse will make any girl weak with envy.

By searching through stores praised for their low prices, Lourdes was able to provide her readers with a chance to recreate this look Boho chic look for a reasonable price.

Photos courtesy of ELLE (left) and CollegeFashion.com (right)
“Summer Separates” Photos courtesy of ELLE (left) and CollegeFashion.com (right)

The next high-priced runway look is comprised of flowy white pants, a black v-neck blouse and bulky black wedges. This shocking look for summer is suddenly in and allows for a more sleek and edgy look for summer.

Luckily, this look is easy to mimic on a smaller budget and perfect for mixing and matching!

"Tailored Romping" Photos courtesy of Elle (left) and CollegeFashion.com (right)
“Tailored Romping” Photos courtesy of Elle (left) and CollegeFashion.com (right)

I will be the first to admit that I think rompers are one of the greatest fashion pieces ever created.

They provide an effortless look to pull together. BCBG’s collection featured a classier version of the common romper with an unusual assortment of black in white, despite the colorful summer pallet we are accustomed to.

This simple look is easy to do yourself and perfect for almost any occasion.

I applaud Lourdes for a wonderful job providing her readers with a perfect replica of these stylish combos.

So when you are shopping for your new back to school clothes and dreading the inevitable dent in your savings account, remember that style is possible even on the tightest of budgets.

Want to recreate some of these looks for your own? Show us and put a twist on them with our StyleChat App!

By Maeve McGeorge