I couldn’t have picked out this trendy, tropical outfit any better if I tried. Two of this season’s hottest trends — tone on tone and embellished flats — are matched together, awarding this beauty a Fashionista Spotlight. This week's Fashionista’s style emanates the complexities and simplicities of choosing the perfect outfit for an 80 degree weather day at the University of Miami. I’ve always loosely followed the motto (like Charmin) “less is more”. At the school of mini shorts and sun dresses, following this is an essential. The city of Miami, in general, is filled with flash and sparkle, but UMiami is a whole different territory. Don’t be fooled, the school’s Fashionista/o’s manner looks easy enough but it takes serious thought and a hefty amount of tender, love and care. The university’s style involves minimal sweat marks, compensation for hair frizz, an assortment of sandals and choosing a weather-friendly outfit while keeping up with the latest trends. This fashionable Floridian student’s ensemble is the perfect example of what to wear. From her blonde locks to her purple painted toes, this Fashionista deserves to be, well, a Fashionista!
Name: Noel Seriale
CollegeFashionista: In a sentence or two, describe what you think Miami's style represents.
Noel Seriale: When I hear Miami style I think warm weather and a liberal culture represented by bright, vibrant colors to accompany the tropical climate, as well as short dresses and high heels to show off our constantly exposed legs. Style here is quite different from any other city, but I love that it's so self-expressive and everyone dresses to impress.
CF: What is your ideal sightseeing outfit; style over comfort, vice-versa or a little bit of both?
NS: Since I know I'll be taking pictures while sightseeing, I try to lean more towards style. Lets be real — everyone likes to look good in pictures, so when I'm wearing a nice outfit I'm able to feel confident about that. And I'm all about dressing it up with accessories, however, I want to be comfortable enough to walk all day so I'll usually go for cute sandals, boots or my go-to Tory Burch flats.
CF: If you could work for any designer in the industry, who would it be and why?
NS: Without a doubt I’d choose Marc Jacobs. I’ve been a huge fan since as far back as I can remember. He's so influential, has so much experience in all facets of the industry and is always thinking outside the box with his innovative designs. I always feel inspired when shopping his collections and watching his shows.
CF: What piece of clothing or accessory do you have your eye on to add to your wardrobe?
NS: I'd love to get my hands on a cute peplum dress or jacket, either would be super fun and girly!
How To: Although Miami is warm most months in the year, spring’s warm weather has officially sprung everywhere else (well, almost everywhere), and students’ outfits are paralleling the season. Four accessories, a tone on tone blouse and black shorts are all you need to achieve a sensible warm weather outfit. The smile on this Fashionista’s face can only be the expression of someone who feels good, which is undoubtedly in-line with how she looks. To start off choose a bright, solid-colored, loose-fitted blouse. I know that’s a mouth full but saying it is the hardest part; this style of top should be easy to find. Black shorts will let the top stand out and from there you can choose accessories accordingly. A Marc by Marc Jacobs Gold Cuff, a Melinda Maria Pinball Ring and a T Tahari Essential Pendant Necklace can all be purchased at Bloomingdales and are the exact touches that will give your wardrobe more emphasis. Pair the blouse, shorts and jewelry with embellished sandals, preferably ones with gold or silver trim (depending on jewelry choice), and you’ll be fuss free and fashionable from head-to-toe.