Campus Style

Flashback to the good old ’90s when dragging along your jacket wasn’t an issue. If you didn’t feel like carrying it, you would just tie it around your waist.

Enter the 2000s when most of us wouldn’t be caught dead with anything tied around our waist, because, let’s face it, no one does that anymore.

Well ladies and gentlemen, welcome to 2013 where waist-tying is not only acceptable but it is a pronounced fashion statement.

Accentuate outfits by tying outerwear around your waist. (trendtrunk.com)

Even though the cold winds of autumn haven’t quite arrived yet, tying a cool printed jacket or flannel around your waist is a great way to accentuate any outfit that is thirsting for something more.

To get you started, here are some back-pocket tips to keep in mind:

Keep your base outfit simple. Especially if you have an intricately patterned jacket. You don’t want it to get lost in an outfit with too much going on. Pairing something as simple as a white T-shirt and jeans with a camo jacket tied at the waist can make a major statement.

Don’t be afraid to get a little edgy. Hone in on your ability to pull off varying styles, and try an all black ensemble with a multi-colored flannel tied around the waist with combat boots.

Keep an open mind. Don’t think that this trend can only be executed by the grunge-loving fashionista. You can make a chic and classy combination by donning a crisp white sundress with a light-washed jean shirt tied around the waist and accent jewelry of your choice.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this trend is that it’s extremely versatile and easy to do. With the ever-changing weather conditions of the New Jersey autumn upon us, you’ll be prepared whenever that cold wind decides to blow.