High Fashion, College Wallet Marni Pre-Fall

The sophisticated, whimsical patterns, colors, and fabrics of Marni’s chic pre-fall collection echoed Soundsuits—wearable textile sculptures by the artist Nick Cave. The collection included standout multicolor alpaca and wool vests, wide-legged trousers, and understated dresses in a range of lengths.  The silhouettes were strong and somehow minimalistic despite the multitude of patterns.  Because of the streamlined pieces, the collection can be easily recreated on a student’s budget.


This look seems super put-together, yet is actually really comfortable, and will also act as a great transition look between seasons.  Some of these pieces you may already have—a button down shirt, a sweater dress, cool socks, ankle booties, or a big tote—but just in case you don’t here are some budget-friendly pieces from easily available retailers.


The first part of the look is a printed button down, easily found at Forever 21, like this Plaid Button Down Shirt ($19.90).  On the retailer’s website, there are printed button downs in a range of patterns and colors, suitable for any and everybody’s fashion preferences.  A solid colored shirt would work as well for an even more minimalistic vibe. 

With the sweater dress, one should opt for an oversized sweater versus an actual dress because it is usually a cheaper option. However, this Ultimate Chunky Sweater Dress from ASOS is on sale for just $22.74! 

The next step is finding the perfect accessories.  Any simple tote will work for this look, such as the Street Level Reversible Tote and Wristband from Nordstrom ($48).  It is typically pretty difficult to find a leather tote for less than that, but Forever 21 and H&M both have good options in store. 

The last part of the look is the shoes and socks.  Patterned socks can be found pretty much anywhere, but Happy Socks have an adorable pair called the Optic Sock ($12) that will keep your feet and ankles nice and cozy in this frigid weather.  Ankle booties are a comfortable and stylish alternative to other fall or winter shoes., The perfect ankle booties to pair with this look are the H&M Ankle Boots in brown ($34.95).  Since it is winter,  add some thick solid colored tights underneath your socks and wear  an oversized coat to top the look off.

Sophie Lewis is the Beauty and Style Editor. Email her at slewis@nyunews.com.


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