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Mace & Crown | September 23, 2017

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Bringing Paris Fashion Week to ODU

Kimberly Bering
Contributing Writer

As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, fashionistas everywhere begin to formulate outfits inspired by the genius of designers. Even on ODU’s campus, style constantly evolves day to day from comfy college wear to chic street style. There is a relatable style for every student, but designer prices are far beyond the college budget.

So what can be done? The hunt begins to find budget-friendly, fashionable apparel.

Fashion week’s inspiring runway articles and street style photos perfectly provide the motivation to keep up our trend stamina and to stay abreast in the fashion world. Street style, a fad which allows the mixing of chic pieces with sporty comfortable apparel, is the bread and butter of style and comfort. It’s the perfect ensemble to get you to class looking like a fashion icon.

A commonly seen trend in Paris in this year’s fashion week was boldly colored trench coats and monochromatic color blocking, often complimented by boot-heels or flats. The street style trends from the ‘80s and ‘90s will forever inspire fashionistas to add their own flair to an ensemble.

Street style on and off the runway: The 80s trench coats, unique hats, and color schemes are especially popular on the streets of Paris. Pull out your old blue jeans and pair them with a chic blouse, or jazz up a graphic tee with a trendy hat and coat!

Street style on and off the runway: 80s trench coats, unique hats and color schemes are especially popular on the streets of Paris. Pull out your old blue jeans and pair them with a chic blouse or jazz up a graphic tee with a trendy hat and coat!

Runway apparel is the definition of creative; moreover, it has a knack for mixing together extraneous and “avant garde” pieces. A vast array of prominent themes seen in the 2016 Ready-To-Wear collections were pastels, retro and various textures.

The majority of runway looks would not be worn day to day, but inspire anyone to formulate their own outfit based off of a runway look—with a touch of personal style.

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2016 Ready-To-Wear collections: look on the right by Alberta Ferretti, look in the middle by Oscar de la Renta, look on the left by Vionet.

Since most college students can’t afford a $3,000 coat, where do we find similar pieces?

MacArthur Center—a convenient drive from campus—contains stores with similar apparel to take advantage of. H&M, Forever 21, Cotton On and Francesca’s are a handful of stores offering a wide set of options for every trend and taste. These stores have a rapid rate of getting new clothes in and sending the older clothes to the clearance—perfect for snatching up new trends at low costs.

Even higher-end stores such as New York & Company and Nordstrom host semi-annual sales and weekend specials with staggering markdowns.

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Trends at local stores: Trench coat on the right by Forever 21 for $52.90, turtle neck tunic in the middle by Francesca’s for $38.00, graphic tee on the left by H&M for $12.99.

Financially friendly fashion can be found everywhere. There are reasonable ways to achieve outstanding style—even on a student budget. Some creativity and hunting might be needed, but attaining a runway-worthy wardrobe is in our grasp.