The dress I selected from the Fashion School Store this week was sure to stand out with its bold print and beautiful color. From the front, the dress is modest and conservative, but the back is low-cut with elaborate detailing to show just the right amount of skin.
To not take away from the interesting design of the dress, I kept the look otherwise very simple. Nude heels with a pop of red on the sole and a chunky bangle were enough to complete the outfit without diverting the attention from the dress.
The dress was designed by Kent State fashion students and is part of a no-waste collection, where a specific amount of fabric yardage must be used with no leftover scraps.
The challenge of incorporating the entire piece of fabric into one garment makes for a very unique piece with eye-catching detail.
Sheer maxis with daringly high–slitted skirts are a must-have this season. Because they provide endless styling possibilities, they serve as an excellent base for your daily summer uniform.
Although typically worn as a top layer over hot pants, high-waisted minis, tanks, bandeaus or longline bralettes, they can also add an exciting element beneath your favorite summer sundresses.
Instead of going the typical route, I purposed a sheer, script-printed maxi dress as a slip. With a striped cotton sundress overtop, the dramatic two-tiered effect is simultaneously contrasting and complementary.
The look is perfect for a summer concert or festival, especially when finished with a matching flower head-wrap.
The overall appearance is feminine, graphic and whimsical; a compilation of spring/summer 2012’s leading trends.
This look highlights two of the most intriguing pieces in the Fashion School Store: a cardigan vest that was a student’s “no waste project” and a pants-skirt that we jokingly dubbed “skants” at the shoot.
The draped vest offers an element of casualness to this otherwise sophisticated black and grey look, while the pants-skirt allows for comfort and sophistication.
This pants-skirt’s tailored fit and lustrous sheen create a perfect palette for outfit versatility because they could be worn casually with a graphic tee tucked in [try a retro band tee for added edge], or more playfully with a floral tank.
I chose to take a different route and pair them with a lace corset, leopard purse, gladiators and layered necklaces to create a look that’s organic yet refined, a perfect example of the merchandise you will find when you venture down to the Fashion School Store.
PHOTOS BY MATT HAFLEY
Modeled by Michaela Neu
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