Feb 24, 2020
Fresno State freshmen Mayra Ponce rocks a pair of brown boots on her first day back to school. (Yezmene Fullilove/The Collegian)

Falling for little black boots

From Kylie Jenner lip kits to Yeezus trainers, there’s no question as to what’s trending right now in the fashion industry.  It’s a visual voice.  On a walk through campus on monday there were many student style choices to capture.

The infamous heat that is Fresno in August gives students the opportunity to pull out all of the stops when it comes to summer attire.  

A plain-colored cotton T-shirt and ripped jeans paired with metallic or brown colored sandals seemed to be the ongoing theme for female students who went for a more casual look on the first day of the semester.

Others worked the lines of a business casual look: Floral dresses paired with a knitted cardigan, or dressy blouses paired with a chunky necklace and colored jeans were the trends to be seen across campus.

As for shoes, female students raved about Birkenstock sandals for their comfort and ability to be dressed up or down.

As the weather cools in late September and early October, swap a sandal for little black ankle boots.  Add a pair of tights to your dresses and a frilly sock to poke out at the top of your ankle.  Or match your boots with a pair of black cuffed jeans for a sophisticated and warm look.  

“My go-to is black ankle boots.” said Jenna Van Fossen, a third year psychology major. “Really I’m waiting for autumn to start layering again.”

Black ankle boots are a yearlong fashion staple. In the summer months, a perfect way to dress up any skirt or dress is by adding the black ankle boot. Rock it down the halls of school or wear it for those last-minute summer outings.

Van Fossen described her personal style as “classic but edgy.”  Dressed in black pants and a white collared button-up tank top, a classic color scheme, Van Fossen paired the look with edgy gladiator sandals and a black leather bag.

“I love rings,” Van Fossen said. “Jewelry is a good way to tie any outfit together.”  

Many male students, like Jesus Arredondo, a junior majoring in international business, walked the campus sporting a monochrome shirt and dark jeans.

Arredondo described his style as “athleisure,” a mixture of athletic pieces in a casual day-to-day style.

“I like to wear a comfortable shirt in that cotton nylon material, jeans and Nike running shoes,”

Arredondo said. “I’m not picky about wearing brands, but I do like Under Armor, Hurley and Vans.”

Other fashion themes for males are colored polos, dark jeans and sneakers.

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