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For anyone who loves fashion, the runway is the place to look for new trends, inspiration and guidance. The models are dressed in crazy colors, textures and makeup that look awe-worthy on the catwalk. You even start to picture yourself wearing those amazing clothes, but in reality, runway looks can be way over the top for a college campus. So we’ve taken five of the biggest catwalk trends and toned them down a few notches (OK, a lot of notches) so you can steal the trends and still feel comfortable for your 8 a.m.
Safety Orange: There are always a few colors that stand out during NYFW. They speckle almost every runway and set the mood for the season. Safety orange is one of the colors that dominated the catwalks and brightened collections from Tom Ford to Marc Jacobs during NYFW. Instead of full outfits in the color, try to incorporate one piece that’s safety orange for a pop of color without blinding your peers.
Fringe & Tassels: This trend has been in and out of popularity for the last few seasons, but now is the time to rock it. Fringe and tassels add movement and interest to any outfit to give it that little something extra. Try wearing a shirt that’s trimmed with fringe or shoes with tassels. Even a bag or scarf is the perfect way to wear fringe and tassels for class.
Sheer Fabrics: Sheer and transparent fabrics were EVERYWHERE on the runways. The problem? This trend is easier to style for nighttime and everyone isn’t comfortable going topless like the models did for the Barragán show. Try layering a sheer body suit or top over a solid tank. This will give you more coverage for daytime wear. Adding a vest for added warmth is a must, but still lets you show off the sheer fabric trend on campus.
Anorak Jackets: Jackets are a given this time of year anyway, so this is the easiest trend to incorporate into your fall and winter wardrobes. If you feel more daring, try an anorak jacket in a bright color (Safety orange?) or go with a more subdued hue like a light blue or neutral gray. This trend is all about the jacket’s details, so it’s okay to rock one over leggings and a tee. Cozy accessories like knit socks or a warm scarf are fun ways to add more texture to your look.
All Denim: This trend isn’t a stranger to the catwalks. The look has been hot before, but for fall and winter this is perfect to rock on campus. Denim is casual in nature and extremely versatile. Try pairing a denim chambray shirt with your favorite jeans. Or if you’re feeling extra girly, a denim skirt or dress with tights or tall socks will look cute and cozy. Throwing on a denim jacket is an easy way to show off this trend too. If you want to add interest and still stand out in the all-denim trend, try adding denim accessories like a necklace or bag. Even denim with distressing, patches or bleach can be just what you’re looking for.
When it comes to interpreting catwalk trends for campus looks, the key is stripping the trend down to the basics. A full-fringed dress may look amazing on the runway, but not be practical for every day. The truth is, fashion shows aren’t supposed to be practical. If they were, they’d be boring. So get that inspiration, but rock the trends in a way you feel most comfortable in on campus. Your confidence is ultimately what makes you stand out from the crowd.
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