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Festival to Professional

By Yuwa Vosper

For this fashion feature, I used myself as a model to attempt something somewhat different this week. Recently, I asked friends and some classmates on the LSU campus, “What you would like to see and know about in a fashion column?” The most prominent responses were questions asking ‘how to wear’ it. Questions included: How do you mix prints? How to wear festival attire in a work or every day setting? Someone even said they wanted to know how to you incorporate a newly purchased item into your wardrobe. It became clear to me that people had the desire to know how to wear garments to get the most use out of their clothing.

Which garments signify festival attire?

For this feature, I decided to tackle the question: How to wear festival attire in a work or every day setting? First, I thought about garments and details that signify festival attire. These garments were fringe, denim shorts, maxi skirts, sundresses in lightweight fabrics, cross-body bags, and hats. In many work or professional settings, arriving in a concoction of these garments can look a bit improper. It’s best to pair one of these items with a professional garment.

How did I wear it?

 I thought about which would be the easiest garment to pair and came to the conclusion that it was a maxi skirt. Since the maxi skirt was a bold coral, I had to choose something that was subdued, especially for a work setting. So my maxi skirt became the foundation garment—the garment I would use to build the ensemble. To get the festival-professional look, I paired it with a white button-down blouse from The Limited. After tucking in the blouse, the maxi skirt had a thick waistband that left a demarcating line. I decided to break up the line with a skinny belt. The belt enhanced the ensemble, making it look more polished and professional.

Which accessories were chosen?

Again, I kept with the festival-inspired theme. Feathers are becoming more and more popular at music festivals. A great adornment accessory is a necklace with feathers. It was worn layered with a simple necklace from Blink Boutique on Highland. The finishing touches were the sandals also from Blink Boutique and the fedora hat purchased at Festival Internationale. All these garments combined resulted in a festival-inspired ensemble that can be worn to the office or in any professional or casual setting.

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