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OC Expert’s Tips For College Style

August 20, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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For many students, college is about making a good impression. Having a great sense of style will help you dress to impress and stand out from the crowd. Let your unique style shine through this fall starting with campus must-haves with a fashionable twist. Lan Tran, owner of Skinny Bitch Apparel, offers some pointers on the five style essentials no college student should be without.

(credit: Lan Tran)

(credit: Lan Tran)

Jean shorts are back

Every studious or party-going college girl needs a comfy pair of jean shorts to lounge in all day or dress up with a few accessories at night. Jean shorts are versatile and can be worn with dressy or casual tops. Choosing an edgy belt to wear with your shorts can also make a bold statement. Whether you like high-waisted or hip-hugging denim shorts, it’s worth the investment to find a stylish pair you can live in.

(credit: Lan Tran)

(credit: Lan Tran)

A beanie can save the day

Be stylish even on a bad hair day. If your mane can’t be tamed, grab a cute beanie or hip snapback and your friends will just think you’re being fashionably cool. Opt for the classic knit cap or one adorned with beads and rhinestones. If you’re a regular on the sports bleachers, show your team spirit with a cap and school logo.

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(credit: Lan Tran)

(credit: Lan Tran)

Accessorize with a stylish book bag

You likely have to carry a book bag or laptop bag to class every day, so why not use it to make a fashion statement? This college essential has both utility and trend-setting potential. Toss out that old nylon backpack and inject some style into your satchel of choice. Pick something fun made of vinyl, cloth, leather or even recycled materials and you’re bound to turn heads in the halls.

(credit: Lan Tran)

(credit: Lan Tran)

Black skinny jeans are a must

Tran says a basic black pair of skinny jeans can be your “go to” piece of clothing for any occasion. You can wear it almost every day and it goes with nearly everything. Throw a comfy sweater over it for class or slip on a pair of sexy heels for the evening. You’ll never feel under-dressed or over-dressed with this style essential.

(credit: Lan Tran)

(credit: Lan Tran)

Regardless of weather, bring a sweater

Lecture halls are notorious for being too cold, even when the weather is warm outside. A light sweater you can cram in your bag or wrap around your shoulders is a must around campus. Tran recommends selecting one with a fun print so it will not only keep you warm, but make you stand out from your classmates.

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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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