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Student Fashion: Maximizing Your Investment with One Floral Skirt, Three Ways

by Rachel Yeomans | April 11th, 2012   
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By Jenn Bussell

One of the biggest seasonal trends on the Spring/Summer 2012 RTW (ready-to-wear) runways was floral.  Big and bold, soft and subtle…floral prints are popping up all over dresses, skirts, jackets, and accessories.

florals spring2012 RTW NYmag Student Fashion: Maximizing Your Investment with One Floral Skirt, Three Ways Not sure floral is your thing?  Well, consider this. Investing in a multi-color floral print staple such as an A-line skirt is a super smart purchase for the savvy career girl just starting out. You can dress it up or dress it down; wear it to the office, then out on the town. It takes you from day to night to weekend without skipping a beat.

A fab option is this floral skirt from TopShop with a delicate grosgrain ribbon belt.

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It’s wallet-friendly at only $60, but with a little creative ingenuity the cost-per-wear is even less, depending on how may unique looks you’re able to style leveraging separates, shoes, and accessories already living in your closet.

For a client presentation, pair the skirt with a solid blouse or tank then top it with a structured blazer in a lighter color…cream, white, or tan.  Pick up a contrasting color from the skirt with a fun brooch or beaded necklace. Finish the look with a pair of patent pumps and sassy satchel that are all business.

Heading to happy hour with the girls?  No need to pack a change of clothes. Simply keep your daytime look polished but with a bit of playful preppy-ness. Start with your floral skirt but trade the blazer for a cardigan. Layer over a flowing top in a solid or even a subtle polka dot.  Ditch the heels and replace with bright flats.  Add a few fun bangles or even an oversized men’s watch. Now you’re pub-worthy!

Come Friday, it’s all about working for the weekend.  The floral skirt is again the perfect piece to showcase your chic yet casual sensibility.  A peasant blouse in a pretty pastel paired with a statement necklace and wedge sandals in a soft metallic keeps you looking professional should a last-minute meeting creep onto your agenda.

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Before you hit the shops take a quick inventory of what you already own; let the most predominant pieces and colors be your guide in finding a floral that’s sure to give you the most modish mileage from spring into fall.

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