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Arrive to campus in style by following these trends

Fashion Columnist

Published: Monday, August 13, 2012

Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012 12:08

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Fashion columnist Monica Bedi sports a black and blue outfit, a trend she recommends.

The calendar year may start with January, but there is something about August that makes for a thrilling new beginning.

While the third week of August can give students back-to-school jitters, this trepidation should be outgrown. At most, this time of year should be celebrated with high anticipation for the commencement of international fashion weeks and the amazement of wearing fall styles.

Ultimately, there is no greater love than this sort of seasonal shopping and all the delight for a long-searched-for tank or the flutter that a knockout dress shirt can bring. As an ode to these scholastic days, become equipped for making the grade and getting placed on the sartorial dean’s list this year with tips from what to wear to the library writing a paper, sitting in class, working at your internship in downtown Orlando or climbing the ceaseless StairMaster at the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center.

Library: Harvest loads of inspiration from online retailer ASOS when it comes to fashion for back-to-school sensation. The ASOS Collection “breaks the fashion rules” with its cutting-edge designs. ASOS has pleasing interpretations of the black and blue trend that has been seen on influential runways such as Ohne Titel, Preen and Donna Karan New York. The incorporation of a mixed color palette and the flawless balance of black and blue in an ensemble is awe inspiring.

At ASOS, women can find an ASOS Forever Long Sleeve Top ($18.23) that is perfect for those chilly days in the library. This top has been crafted from lightweight jersey and the details include a deep scoop neckline and full-length sleeves. Pair this top with some deep sea blue accessories like a statement necklace or an oversized bangle and you will look effortlessly chic.

For men, ASOS has a stylish Zip-Through Hoodie ($36.45) that will provide the utmost comfort for those long days in the library. Markedly, this hoodie features a silver-tone, zip-through fastening to the front and contrast drawstring hood, long sleeved styling with wide cuffs and front pockets, in a pure cotton jersey fabric. Shop this hoodie with a dark sea blue deep V-neck and you will look more trendy than ever. The black and blue trend is one to watch this fall, so shop now so you can look vogue later.

Class: When shopping for a look for class this fall, shop for a burgundy-inspired ensemble that can be dressed up easily as long as you pay attention to fabric, fit and accessories. Finding a selection of a burgundy palette lends a polished air to your ensemble. Burgundy is a spot-on trend for fall and was seen on famed runways such as Jason Wu, Peter Som and Diane von Furstenberg.

At Forever 21, women can find a Beaded Trapeze Tank ($14.80) that is to die for. This trapeze tank features a flounced trimmed hemline with tonal ruffle. This top is an ideal pick to duplicate the runway’s refined looks.

Then, at ASOS, men can find ASOS’s Stripe Tank ($9.94) for a highly covetable option. This stripe vest by ASOS has been constructed in cotton jersey. The details include: a fine stripe design, a scoop neck and bound seams. Simply add some intrigue to your class looks by infusing some burgundy into your wardrobe.

Internship: At internships, your first impression could be your last impression. Play it safe and on trend by wearing winter white to your internship. The fall runways – think 3.1 Phillip Lim, Derek Lam and Cushnie et Ochs — showcased an abundance of winter white on the runway. For women, one way to style this trend would be to shop Forever 21’s Eyelet Swing Dress ($28.90). Play in the deep V-cut back and round neckline. This dress with its traditional waistline and full skirt will make you look extremely presentable.

Then, for men, make a killer statement in Forever 21’s High Collar Shirt ($27.90). This shirt features chambray trim and a full hidden placket with finished hemline. Sophisticate your internship look by utilizing the winter white trend in your internship looks now.

Gym: Rather than looking completely unfashionable at the gym, master a look of understated chic. The bold-black trend was displayed on Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Tory Burch. Women can find wallet-friendly gym attire at Forever 21 with pieces like Forever 21’s Wide Leg Athletic Pants ($12.80) that utilize the bold-black trend. These pants feature a fold-over waistband with a drawstring to make you super comfortable at the gym.

Men can add the perfect dash of panache to their gym attire after they shop an ASOS Vest With Arnie’s Gym Print ($19.88). This vest by ASOS has been constructed in cotton and comes in regular fit. When it comes to a fashion-forward ensemble, balancing all the elements is key, and while wearing this trend, you will have the number one element to look super stylish.

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