Fashionista Spotlight

Do you remember the days when even briefly mentioning the word “hipster,” could just about guarantee an eye roll? I ask this, not in an attempt to be cynical, but to challenge the original thought. Now, according to Urban Dictionary, a “hipster,” is a young man or woman—typically in his or her twenties or thirties who values independent thinking.

Being in college I have met so many independent thinkers that I have come up with the conclusion that the word “hipster,” can be seen as a blanket statement for any and everyone. Too many claim to know the best books, movies, music and trends. Even more will swear their suggestions out weigh yours. But at the end of the day, this word has taken a back seat. Perhaps because we have realized every individual brings something new to the “style table?” Meet Hannah Slough—a student cultured far beyond her years.

Name: Hannah Slough

Major: Classics

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: Many people admire a style or trend, but never wear clothes like it. Is there a style you admire but have yet to actually wear? If so, what attracts you to it and why?

Hannah Slough: I admire people who wear many colors and patterns, but I just don’t know how to put colorful pieces in outfits that look as nice as what I have seen.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

HS: I would say my style is cozy, grungy, daily and eclectic. I tend to see a lot of my dressy style being similar to that of the characters in the TV show Mad Men.

CF: Where do you get your inspiration from—if anywhere?

HS: I get a lot of my inspiration from American Horror Story’s “Coven” and the people I see around campus.

CF: How often do you go shopping?

HS: I go shopping about two or three times a month and usually for very specific items.

CF: What store(s) are your weakness and why?

HS: Topshop and American Apparel are my weakness because I pour a lot of time into looking at the websites or store windows. There are a lot of risk-taking items there that I love, and I like to have clothes that push the boundaries.

How To: To recreate this look, start with a simple fitted dress. I love these because they aren’t too revealing, but allow hints of femininity by showing off your figure.The rest of this outfit is all in the accessories—which is exactly why I love it. My go-to bit of college fashion advice is to wear simple things so that outfits can mix and match without much thought.

This Fashionista is wearing an outfit similar to my fail proof easy chic looks. In fact, I can relate to aspects of her style. Add individuality to the look by getting a floppy hat and placing some shades on your face. Ironically, I have the exact same one in black. Next, skim the jewelry dishes at boutiques to find unique finds like this Fashionista’s watch. Finish the look off with a pair of kitten heels. As I have mentioned before, I am more than likely to wear some sort of an elevated shoe, but these are ideal because they are easy to walk in and still produce the power strut Joan from Mad Men is know for. All in all, the pieces that make you feel most in your element will have you doing your best work.


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