September 1, 2005

Campus Couture

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Attention all scrunchie wearers: If you have one in your hair, stop reading now. All hope is lost. Fall is coming fast and while you still can wear that white skirt, time is ticking. To prepare you for the new season here are a few fall essentials that should occupy space in every fashionista’s closet. For an accessory that can dress up any outfit, the long wooden or stone necklace is a must have. They look great double looped over anything as simple as a white tank top, and can be used as either a daytime or going out accessory. Beware of ones with plastic-looking stones! Those are totally not cute and while you don’t have to spend a fortune on this accessory, you should spring more than five dollars for it.

Dress those designer jeans up with this season’s glam crystal belts with oversize buckles or macrame belts that are soo Daisy Duke. They add a more metropolitan twist to every southern girl’s favorite accessory, making them a perfect choice if you’re looking to add a little flair to your favorite outfit. These must be worn with a simple shirt. Anything too extravagant on top will make you look like Dolly Parton – not Jessica Simpson.

Every girl should know by now that oversized sunglasses are an absolute necessity for that sleek and glamorous look. Whether you’re channeling your inner Paris Hilton, or hiding puffy eyes resulting from late-night partying, big sunglasses are a definite must-have. Our top picks are the black framed Chanels and anything Dolce and Gabbana.

Now that school has begun again, to all of our dismay, you can’t be seen carrying a boring backpack. We recommend the ultra cute large metallic bags in either gold or bronze (NOT SILVER!) that will make anyone look like a superstar. If metallic is not for you, opt for the more conservative and preppy Vera Bradley quilted bags that can be worn with almost anything and can even be thrown in the wash!

The far East has had considerable impact on this fall’s couture and one really cute result is the new peasant skirt that can be seen in almost any magazine. Long, flowing skirts with a simple tank are absolutely fab, especially if tied up in a leather or jeweled wrap belt. We warn you, however, these skirts look good on a limited number of people. If you are shorter, we don’t recommend them. You’ll look ridiculous. Instead, opt for one with a length that hits mid-calf.

By now, most of you have realized that walking around this campus is basically the equivalent of hell on earth. And while every girl wishes she could wear cute shoes to class, we must sadly accept the fact that kitten heels and espadrilles are treacherous when trying to climb the slope. Fortunately, flat jeweled sandals have come to the rescue. Not only are they comfortable and functional, they are also affordable and really cute. Luckily, for those of us on a budget, the Gap carries some really great styles. For those who can splurge and who can handle stilettos in Ithaca, Jimmy Choos, Manolos and Michael Kors are your best bet.

As a wrap-up to our premiere as the new fashion columnists of the Sun, we want you to understand that we’re just here to help. Karl Lagerfeld would drop dead if he saw some of the looks running about campus, so make sure not to abuse fashion. Seriously, it only hurts you.

Archived article by Maria Panagopulos and Joanna Dicostanzo
Sun Contributors