I think it is fair to say that most college students have some sort of basic black coat as a returning player in the perennial game of dress-up. The real challenge is keeping it fresh on wintry days when the best companion seems like a Snuggie. There is at least one girl who’s got it right though, and that’s UC Davis Fashionista (drumroll please…): Terri Luu! I zoomed in on her wearing mint, peg leg pants a few blocks ahead of me on my walk home and awkwardly did what any street fashion blogger would—I chased her. Despite my cumbersome eighteen pound backpack impeding any and all momentum, I gained enough speed to stop this Fashionista in her stylish tracks and asked her permission to be photographed. Even though I completely caught her off-guard, wide-eyed with noticeable bag envy, she politely obliged.
It wasn’t until after I previewed this shot of Terri that I realized how the typically-muted tones of mustard, grape and mint (present in her kicks, bag, and pants, respectively) translated as rich and vibrant. Classically contrasted with a two-toned sweater and boxy wool coat, the daring colors in her accessories captured, and held, my attention.
I must confess: I love all things mustard colored. Admittedly, I also like the smell of tire shops and diesel fuel (weird correlations to the scent of my submariner Father, a positive thing no less), so perhaps I have especially eclectic sensory perception. Let it be known that I swooned over this Fashionista’s sneakers privately, so as to not freak her out even more. I’ve actually been coveting a similar pair by Isabel Marant, a designer one of my favorite bloggers, Rumi, has been sporting for seasons on end.
Terri’s look is timeless and any Fashionista could draw inspiration from her classic, utilitarian accessories. Terri’s structured satchel was “very, very expensive”, but the piece is a proper investment; the roomy design is season-independent and remarkably constructed. A similar style to Terri’s bag can be seen here, but if you’re looking for something really on trend, I suggest this color-blocked gem from 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Spotted: All told, Terri’s outfit is incredibly utilitarian and versatile. Phillip Lim says that “Everyone wants garments to be superheroes,” and if that’s true, Terri’s sure do save the day. Check out the supremely well-tailored and subtle chicness in 3.1 Phillip Lim’s pre-fall 2013 Collection.