CF Fall Semester 2016

Fourth Post: Style Guru Style — Leather is Forever — Nov. 7, 2016

Dress it up, dress it down, night or day, a leather jacket is one of the most essential pieces in anyone’s wardrobe.

Lucky for me, I spent last semester in Florence, Italy and finally worked up the courage to stop by the leather market to buy a real one. There was a special place in my savings account for my jacket and at one point, it finally burst and was empty. Who knew it would take over two hours to find the perfect jacket.

By the time I got the jacket it was nearly April and I was done wearing coats after a long winter—so here it is, I finally get to spend a whole season with my precious addition to any great outfit.

This outfit was weekend wear for me but it could easily be transformed into an outfit for school, one to run errands in or even go to lunch or a casual dinner.

Paired with the leather jacket, I have on a graphic T-shirt that says “Paris, Milan, New York, London” and it is one of the best pieces in my wardrobe—it goes with everything and it is a nice material so it can be dressed up easily. With the T-shirt, I have a black statement necklace that pops with the black lettering on my gray shirt. I have on dark wash jeans that easily translate into a nighttime vibe and my black Rubin Steve Madden booties. This is my second pair of Rubin booties because I wear them so much that I wore out the first pair—I was so glad to see them still available.

I love outfits like this one because it can easily go from day to night: switch out the gray graphic T-shirt for a black or maroon blouse, switch out the Rubin booties for booties with a heal, put the hair up into a low bun and you have yourself a completed look for a night out.

Sometimes the best outfits are a combination of your favorite pieces from your closet all made into one ensemble—that is what I did here and I am awaiting a time I can wear this outfit again.

In the words of Coco Chanel, “Fashion changes, but style endures.” Leather jackets endure too, in my book at least.

Style On®,

Rachel Bimonte

Third Post: All in the Details — Falling for Green — Oct. 7, 2016

Who else is falling for fall? I know I am… and so is this Fashionista.

I noticed this Fashionista right away because of her ability to color coordinate and pay attention to details.

The jacket she had on is a perfect shade to compliment her gray/green shirt and the necklace and shoes pair perfectly. The accessories were minimal and that is a detail that stood out in her outfit.

It is getting more chilly here in Rhode Island, especially with the wind by the water. A simple jacket like this olive toned one is a great asset to a chilly day. This outfit also seems really comfortable for class while still looking dressed up. The shirt is a simple tee that flutters in the back. The way the top fell in the back underneath the jacket was also a nice touch. The shoes are a staple for fall — beige booties are a must. The booties have an old time feel with the high set laces and it adds charm to the outfit overall. Her dark denim jeans pair nicely with the other colors in the outfit and I think they are better than a light wash would have been.

This Fashionista did her hair simply and it worked well with the statement necklace. I too, like to have my hair pulled back if I am going to do a larger necklace or large earrings. Her makeup was simple as well and I think that works for an ensemble like this. For class, a meeting or a club gathering, this outfit is perfect and only minimal makeup is needed.

If you wanted to turn this detailed outfit into a night time outfit, swap the olive jacket for a gold shimmer blazer and swap out the beige booties for nude heels. The low bun works for night time; however, depending on the event, a top knot would work for the night and add a more elegant style. Outfits that can be taken from day to night or season to season are my favorite.

I hope this outfit got you as excited for fall as it got me. I hope the cold weather doesn’t come too quick, we need more time with fall — after all, it is the best season for stylin’.

Style On®,

Rachel Bimonte

Second Post: What to Wear — Jumping Back to School — Sept. 8, 2016

The best part of heading back to campus for me is not just seeing my friends or starting classes, it’s seeing the new outfits everyone comes back with!

Fall fashion is a favorite for me because it’s a nice change from summer and it is not as cold as winter.

This Fashionista had the perfect outfit for back to school. It’s fun, different and good for Rhode Island’s current muggy air. However, the outfit is also comfortable and stylish. This Fashionista had a main focal point of her look which was the jumpsuit overalls and then she built the rest of her outfit from that.

The jumpsuit is a deep maroon color which channels the fall season but the shorts keep it fresh and cool for summer. She put a black crop top underneath it which adds a cutout on the side. She kept it casual with her Nike sneakers and that element really made me drawn to her style. She added a couple rings, necklaces and one bracelet to tie the entire look together.

It was a humid day here in Rhode Island so this look is perfect for someone who is running around campus to their first classes of the semester. This look also shows that this Fashionista has some serious style and is ready to take on any event that comes her way this semester.

Wondering how to still wear this outfit in a couple weeks when the temperature drops? Swap the crop top out for a mock neck, long sleeve black shirt and throw a moto jacket on top of it. Switch the sneakers out for for some black booties and you’re on your way to a night out, a casual dinner or even a night class.

I am wishing all my fellow Style Gurus and readers a great and stylish semester. Let’s make it a chic one!

Style On®,

Rachel Bimonte

First Post: Style Guru Bio — Rachel Bimonte — Sept. 2, 2016

Hey Fashionistas! Is everyone ready for this semester? I know I am!

I can already tell this semester is going to be filled with great fall style, hard work and a lot of fun.

This is my fourth semester with CollegeFashionista and I am so happy to be a part of this internship. Every semester I get more and more excited about getting the opportunity to learn about my personal style and the style that circles this beautiful world.

I have been anticipating fall fashion so much recently because it has been way too hot for my liking! Who is ready to break out the scarves, hats and vests?

This semester I plan to experiment with my style but still stay true to who I am. I love neutral colors, my fringe booties (which I just recently purchased in black too) and statement accessories. However, I would like to try more mixing and matching with denims, dressing down outfits that I would normally dress up and branching out from my neutrals.

For this post, I am wearing one of my newest skirts which has definitely become top ten of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. It is a rose colored knot skirt that I got on sale at Charlotte Russe. I still regret not picking up a second skirt while I was there. I paired it with a shirt that is a go-to summer blouse for me because it flows nicely and pairs with almost any type of bottom. I held off on the accessories because I thought that the outfit had a lot going on already. The ruffled top and the knot in the skirt speak for themselves and don’t need more accessories.

The shoes are a purchase I also made this summer and a great one at that. I love them mostly because they transition nicely to fall being that they are a bootie. However, they have a summery vibe when it comes to the peep-toe. My bag is an older piece from my collection but definitely a favorite. It is the perfect bag to finish out summer and start up fall.

I decided to curl my hair with my straightener: a technique I will forever be grateful that I have. I kept my makeup simple by doing a pop of color on the lip but natural face and eyes. I went out for date night in this outfit but it is definitely something I would wear in the daytime as well.

Let’s have a rad semester, everyone! I can’t wait to see some fall fashion from my fellow Fashionistas and readers.

Style On®,

Rachel Bimonte