#OOTD: Ardent Academic (Feat. Light In The Box)

Well I have to admit, up until recently, though I was excited to be heading back to college to earn my second degree, I wasn't really sure how I was going to feel about being back on a school schedule. I mean, after being out of school and working in my field for two years, I thought it might be hard to get back into the college swing of things. However, with the spring semester starting up next Monday at Point Park University, I have say that I have been in full on back to school mode, and I just can't welcome it more! While working on my articles for my Style Guru internship with CollegeFashionista, I forgot how much I enjoyed being in the heart of downtown, and became just as giddy as I was when I was eighteen and first heading to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I'm also thrilled to once again style myself for college and have fun with my wardrobe, and not just be stuck wearing boring office attire everyday. 

Class Is In Session 

To embrace my newly rekindled academic spirit, while out running some errands closer to home as well as downtown, I decided to dress up a little bit and add some color to my life, considering Pittsburgh has been incredibly grey and rainy the past few weeks. To achieve this pop of color I decided to style two of my newest pieces from my sponsor and affiliate Light In The Box, who kindly supplied me with this gorgeous red coat and hunter green dress free of charge! The reason I decided to pair these two pieces together was due to how the lush green of the dress balances out the bright red of the coat. Though both of these pieces would work wonderfully on their own, they also make an excellent pair. 

The first thing I noticed about this coat when I received it was how heavy it was. Now, I don't mean this at all in a bad way because I'm sure anyone who lives in a cold climate knows that when winter hits the heavier the coat, the better it is to keep you warm! Also to ensure warmness, this coat is also lined with an additional layer of silky smooth polyester. This coat is also incredibly soft to the touch, has a gorgeous silhouette, and as you can see is absolutely vibrant.

The reason I loved this coat wasn't only because of the high quality craftsmanship (Though of course that does have something to do with it!), but because I absolutely adored how gorgeous and rich the color of this coat is. As many of my long time readers know, being and Aries at heart, I absolutely love to stand out and be the center of attention. Well, in this show stopping coat, there is no doubt everyone's eyes will be on you, whether it's raining or in the midst of a blizzard. So needless to say this luxurious red coat will definitely be one of my staple pieces this semester while trekking around the 'Burgh for my internship.

What can I say, this dress is a perfect example of a typical casual dress I would (well, will be wearing!) to class. This lovely green dress is the perfect choice if you would like to give off a soft feminine vibe while studying in the library or local coffee shop. The reason I loved this dress so much was due to it's flowing a-line shape as well as it darling floral, button up collar. This dress is also very soft and comfortable due to the fact it is made from a jersey knit like material. Lastly, to further style these two lovely pieces, I chose to keep it simple with some girly opal earrings, my tortoise shell eye glasses, and some basic black pumps with gold accents. 

One Last Look

What are some of your favorite back to school looks? I'd love to chat about them in the comments below or you can tweet me at @StarkRavingChic! Have a back to school style you just need to show off? Feel free to tag me on Instagram at @StarkRavingChic. Later babes.

Xx, Bree