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5 Things That Should Be in Your Closet!

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With classes starting, like, now (eek!), here are 5 foolproof items that will carry you throughout the year. Versatile, comfortable and reasonably priced, it’s a wonder you don’t already own them!

1. Short-Sleeve Cardigan

The collegiate look is in this year. It’s just a fact. And for those of you who aren’t exactly fond of the whole prep-school-blazer look, here is a much more subtle option. The short-sleeve cardi is super functional, being worn with a tank top or tee during the warm months, or a long-sleeve tee once it gets cold in your neck of the woods. Pick up one in a neutral color and see it become a wardrobe staple.

2. V-Neck Tees

Admit it – when you think of a v-neck tee, most of you recall images of either a) a hairy-chested mafiaoso or b) Lindsay Lohan wearing too-big shirts while frolicking around LA. So, needless to say, the v-neck has gotten an undeserving bad rap. But it is so much more than a uniform for the Godfather and drug addicts! V-neck is probably the MOST flattering cut of all. It skims over thin girls beautifully and if you’re bigger, it draws attention upwards, away from your tummy. Lots of stores, even Target, have caught on, so you really have no excuse not to pick one up.

3. Plaid

If just the word plaid brings to mind images of Paul Bunyan, it’s about time to get over it! Take one look at the fall runways and you will see plaid everywhere. And this trend couldn’t be easier to pull off. Add a bag or a pair of plaid flats to a neutral outfit for a bit of spice, or if you’re feeling adventurous, rock a plaid shirtdress. Even more functional, how about a bomber jacket, in the traditional lumberjack red check? The options for this one are endless.

4. Wide Leg Jeans

Although skinnys are certainly not gone (and I am so happy about that!), wide leg styles are making a HUGE comeback! Light washes give off a 70’s flair and are super cute paired with a tie blouse, while dark washes, a black top and a pashmina scarf simply scream chic. Check out your favorite jean store, such as American Eagle or Abercrombie for your own pair. The chain stores have already picked up on this one and so should you!

5. Fringe

Keeping with the 70’s theme, leather fringe has been all over the runways. The most popular ways to wear this are going to be with over-the-shoulder satchels and suede boots. If you’re a bit more out there, how about a fringed vest? Your local thrift store is sure to have a few options in stock. Top this one off with a headband across the forehead, like Nicole Richie or one of the Olsens, and you’ll rule the school.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
I love my little hometown and all that goes with living in the Great White North - snow, skiing, hot chocolate, bulky knit sweaters. I'm passionate about a lot of things, but you'll most often find me writing about books, makeup and fashion. As I like to put it, I've got beauty AND brains.