Fashionista Spotlight

Rainy days can make studying for exams even more difficult, but this Fashionista’s warm ensemble brightens the mood for long hours in the library. On a drizzly Sunday before finals, her edgy elegance is an appropriate look for morning mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and comfortably transitions to an afternoon of test preparation. Selecting an on-trend chambray top with riding boots in a distinctive antique gray, this creative Fashionista exudes the confidence of a studious style maven ready to tackle fashion and finals all in a day’s work.

Name: Carolyn Green

Major: Industrial and Graphic Design

Year: Junior

College Fashionista: What are you wearing?

 Carolyn Green: I am wearing 7 for All Mankind black jeans, a J.Crew chambray shirt and gold sweater. The boots and scarf are both from Nordstrom.   

CF: What items were on the top of your fashion wish list this Christmas?

CG: White and gold-fringed brogue oxfords, olive green leather gloves, a peplum LBD and a bright red pea coat. 

CF: What are you favorite aspects of holiday and winter fashion?

CG: Big scarves, boots, and cozy sweaters and, of course, the J.Crew Christmas catalog.

CF: Where do you find fashion inspiration?

CG: If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, don’t. It’s horribly addictive. I also read fashion blogs (check out “The Man Repeller”), magazines and the New York Times. I would say my ultimate fashion icon is a combination of Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Kate Middleton, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz. 

CF: You’re going abroad to London this semester. How will that affect your style, and what essentials are you taking with you?

CG: First off, I will have to learn how to travel light! I am planning to bring a few staples, such as a J.Crew riding jacket, navy zippered cords and my metallic snakeskin Sperry Top-Siders, then mixing and matching from what I have. My aunt used to live in London, and she tells me that one dark raincoat, one light raincoat, and wellies are a must! I also am an avid runner, and frequently walk around in running leggings and dri-fit pullovers. However, I hear that people in London don’t wear running clothes unless they are actually running, so I will have to change that habit.  

How To: Start your look with a classic chambray shirt, a piece so versatile it functions almost like a basic white button-down. Chambray can be layered on solids, like Carolyn wears it, on patterns and even on more denim. Based on your choice, the vibe given from a denim shirt can be anything from professional to casual. Enhance the crispness of your light blue top with this statement-making Anthropologie scarf or vibrant Marni necklace in a contrasting color. The pink and orange in Carolyn’s scarf give her outfit warmth and a feeling of coziness. Add a neutral knit cardigan like this REISS sweater and roll the cuffs back to give another glimpse at the chambray base. Complete your rainy day outfit with riding boots in an interesting shade like this pair from Frye and an elegantly simple watch to tie the look together.


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