The IT List: Patterns

We’ve always been a fan of solid colors; they look great on everybody and never go out of style. But this winter, we’re really going crazy over all types of patterns! Floral, animal print, geometric – the possibilities are endless. Patterns add a whimsical sort of fun to any outfit and definitely make your ensemble stand out. We’re bringing you ways to subtly incorporate this trend into your everyday style. Check out a few of our suggestions and – as always – we would love to hear yours!

Soak up the sun in style with these patterned shades.

We mentioned in our blog yesterday that soaking up some sun is helpful in beating the winter blues (if you missed it, you definitely want to see our tips here). So grab your sunglasses (and sunscreen) and head out for a quick walk or jog! Offset the chilly air with a pair of fun, patterned shades like the ones pictured, each for under $10 at Forever 21. The leopard pattern adds sophisticated flair to your weekend outfits while the floral pair is bold and bright, perfect for gaining attention on your walk to class.





Girls AND guys can step out in this style trend from Converse.




Shoes are also a great place to showcase your favorite designs. Paired with solid tights or fitted jeans, you’ll definitely make a statement with your fancy footwear. Whether you opt for flats or heels, shoes are a great way to add flare to your outfit without being too over-the-top. They also allow you to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral ensemble. Guys should embrace this trend too – we love these plaid sneakers from Converse!

We also love patterns that you can Mix and Match. CollegeFashion shows a great example of Jessica Alba sporting a striped top with an animal print scarf (Check it out for yourself here) that looks trendy and effortless, without being overdone. Pair a simple patterned shirt with a subtly patterned accessory – not neon-colored geometric pants with a wild and crazy top (leave that to the experts, like Nicki Minaj).

Wristlets are an easy way to try out this style. Pick one up at your campus bookstore!

Any college student knows how important it is to keep your keys, Student ID, and any money or other wallet items in one, easy spot. Wristlets that zip closed are perfect for running all over campus and for a night out with friends. If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on patterned ensemble, a wristlet designed like this one from Vera Bradley is the perfect start. Choose from a variety of patterns and sizes at your campus bookstore!

Are you ready to try out these style tips and become an icon of campus fashion? Share pictures of your favorite patterned accessories and tell us how you wear them in the comments below.


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