Fashionista Spotlight

Fashion is, historically and to this day, a fascinating embodiment of culture. From one place to the next, what people wear sheds some light on both who they are and where they come from. Trends from places all over the world not only teach us more about different societies, but these international trends inspire us to branch out and explore new ideas with our current wardrobe. This Fashionista, who I found while leaving the campus gym, happens to be an exchange student from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. Her Euro-chic flare and bubbly personality lends a few tips for how to look even cooler than Kingston in January.

Name: Ellie Mason

Major: Geography

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Ellie Mason: This jumper is from Topshop. The jacket and shoes both belonged to my mum. I knitted this hat for myself and the skirt is from a thrift shop. The tights, I believe, are H&M. 

CF: How would you describe your personal style? 

EM: That’s a really hard question. I’d like to describe it as extremely comfortable and like an art-mum: a mum who wants to be an art teacher. I generally wear clothes that are quite baggy and flowy, things I can move in. I like really interesting patterns, as well.

CF: Describe a typical outfit you would pull out of your closet?

EM: A typical outfit would be a long skirt or a jumper that is very warm. 

CF: As an exchange student, what have you found to be the most distinct difference between Canadian style and the fashion seen in the UK?

EM: I notice it more in the boys. The boys have more of a sports-team vibe, whereas boys in the UK are, at the moment, all about the skinny jeans and trying to look really deep. Boys here are all about the hoodies and the sports caps. With girls, there’s a lot more leggings. They are big on leggings here! I would say the one thing no one wears in the UK is a baseball cap, yet people seem to really like them here.

CF: What is the one piece in your closet you can’t live without?

EM: Oh that’s really hard! I have a poncho that I’ve had for a couple of years now. My friend gave it to me as a birthday present and I love to wear it around in my room. It’s from Barcelona and it has red checks on it. I’d never wear it out, though [laughs]. 

How to: To follow in this Fashionista’s footsteps, you’ll need a maxi skirt and the coziest sweater you can muster. For cooler weather, play with skirts made of heavier fabrics and invest in a cute pair of sweater tights. Find a nifty bomber jacket at your local thrift store and a pair of leather booties. Complete the look with a slouchy hat and hobo bag. Now you have a taste of European cool.



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