Fashion Finatics: How to trick people into thinking you’re fashionable

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Keeping up to date with the latest trends in fashion can be exhausting. With homework, paid work, internships and all the stress that comes with it, who really has the time to figure out what an A-line dress is or what color blocking means? Certainly not me. Maybe you don’t either. Don’t worry though. While fashion trends come and go, there are some timeless tips to help you trick your peers into thinking you know how to dress well.

Solid colors are a solid choice

You won’t have to worry about clashing designs if you stock your wardrobe full of solid colors. A solid colored top with a nice pair of jeans or khakis, if you’re in that kind of mood, creates an instantly classic look. Find out what colors make your inner personality shine and buy 40 shirts in that color. This strategy also works for dresses, skirts, dress tops and cardigans. If you get in the mood to mix and match one day, your wide array of solids will make the task easier. Remember, a solid colored cardigan is worth a thousand outfits.

One nice accessory is enough

Accessories are expensive. Don’t break the bank trying to keep up with the latest belt buckle or purse pom-pom. Instead, invest in one necklace or watch that you really like and wear it every day. It might sound crazy, but this can help you on several fronts. First, you won’t have to constantly plan outfits around accessories because you always wear the same one. Second, this prized piece might become your signature.

Focus on footwear

Now that we’ve established the importance of solid colors and investing in one nice accessory, we can apply these tips to the area of shoes. Shoes can sometimes make or break an outfit. If you have a solid color pair of boots or dress shoes, you can immediately take your outfit from drab to fab. You may be thinking, ‘Won’t people think it’s weird that I’m wearing heels or loafers on a Wednesday afternoon for French class?’ Maybe. But more than likely you’ll get comments about how adored your shoes are or that you “look nice today.”

If you care about looking fabulous, or at least like you tried, but don’t have the time to watch one of the fashion weeks that seem to pop up every other week, take a deep breath. Use these timeless tips to rock your day-to-day with fashion that won’t fade away.

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Jenna Kopec is a junior communication major at NSU. She began as a contributing writer for The Current in 2015, became features editor in 2016 and is now co-editor-in-chief.

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