Falling for 90s Academia

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Story by Ashley White of Le Stylo Rouge     |     Photos by Sabrina Osborn

Welcome to fall weather in Kansas City! Such a pretty time of  year and one of the best seasons for outfitting, in my opinion. So what’s in for fall?

Academic-inspired pieces are a big trend this season, with collegiate plaids and professor-worthy blazers coming down the fall runways in droves. I took that concept and ran with it for this look, starting with this full pleated plaid midi skirt. I really couldn’t resist the skirt’s twirl factor – way too good to pass up!



I popped the skirt on over a black turtleneck bodysuit and tall black boots. Those slouchy boots of the 80s and 90s are back – when paired with a longer skirt, the feel is 1995 Kindergarten Teacher in the best way possible.

A boyfriend blazer with a small houndstooth print really brought the look into full higher education mode while also providing a lightweight warm layer for chilly fall days.

Tip for mixing prints: for maximum style success, keep a consistent color palette throughout the outfit and prints you’re mixing. By staying in the neutral family with this look, I paired a plaid and a houndstooth without breaking a sweat.  

Will you be working the academia trend into your fall wardrobe this season?

You can find Ashley at lestylorouge.com or on Instagram as @ashrockchalk

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