If you asked me which trends that I believed would never stop fascinating the fashion world, I'd probably say: asymmetrical hemlines, vintage pieces, menswear-turned-womenswear. When I saw this Fashionista wearing all three, I knew I'd found someone who understands how to identify timeless styles and build herself a wardrobe that will last. Of course, as any Fashionista would, she allows the quirky simplicity of her dress to stand out by keeping her accessories classic and monochromatic.
Name: Marianne Peralta
Major: Communications, Minor: Art
College Fashionista: What are you wearing?
CF: What inspires your style?
MP: I like to be up to date in fashion and trends, but will only go so far. I won't attempt trends I know that I can't pull off and don't flatter me. Knowing how to dress your body is definitely necessary in being able to pull off different looks. Inspiration wise I love New York City and all the diversity of the people. I definitely pull looks from there and mix in the latest trends. Comfort is also something I think about. But comfy doesn't have to mean sloppy!
CF: What's your favorite summer trend?
MP: I'm obsessed with studs and the tribal prints this season. Super cute! I actually just took apart a broken studded belt and used the studs on black shorts and a jean vest so I could DIY the trend for no extra cost at all.
CF: What current item are you currently dying to have in your closet?
MP: I've wanted a pair of Jeffrey Campbell's Lita boots in black leather for awhile now, and I still do!
How-To: We're so lucky Coach has continued to produce brand classics, but for a similar style that won't break the bank, Etsy has lots of gorgeous vintage leather options, such as this one. Oxfords span all seasons, and this cute cut-out pair from Urban Outfitters is no exception. The style will look light and airy with bare feet in the summer, and offer a cool peek at some sick patterned socks in the fall. If nothing else, a sure way to update your most basic look is to replace that plain black dress with a fresh High-Low style like this one from ASOS — it's truly a new basic, and always flattering!