Fashionista Spotlight

When you live in a part of the world with the lowest UV index, blue skies are often covered by gloomy clouds which casts a touch of gray to just about everything. What better way to stand out in this gloom on campus than by wearing neon stripes, neon nails and blindingly white Converse? This Fashionista nailed spring’s biggest trend with ease by keeping her neon the highlight of her outfit with her cropped leather jacket and perfectly cuffed distressed jeans.

Name: Hope Di Paolo

Major: Undeclared

Year: First Year

CollegeFashionista: Has your style changed at all over the course of freshman year?

Hope Di Paolo: Yes, definitely. Since arriving at Colgate I’ve started to distance myself a little from the conventional preppy style – especially since it’s fairly widespread here. I’m moving away from the J.Crew look and forming some sort of hybrid with a Free People look. I’m leaning towards more bohemian and hipster things now, but the preppy side still shows itself pretty often. Sometimes, the combination doesn’t work, but I think I’ll figure out a balance between the two eventually.

CF: What trends are you looking forward to most this spring?

HDP: I started wearing maxi skirts at the end of last summer and became obsessed with them so I’m hoping that trend will stick around long enough for me to buy a few more and wear them through the spring. They’re as comfortable as sweatpants, but socially acceptable for class and going out to dinner, which is an ideal combo for me. 

CF: Is there an item you go to by default to touch up an outfit (shoes/jewelry/accessories)?

HDP: I have accumulated a great jewelry collection from stores like Forever 21 and Francesca’s – mostly earrings and necklaces. I like them especially because they are close to your face, so people notice them more easily – especially when you’re talking to them. 

CF: Who is your fashion icon?

HDP: I really like Olivia Palermo’s style. She wears the season’s trends but adds her own little twists to make her outfits unique and more noticeable. She’s also big on pops of bright color in a bag or stripes – which I try to do to make a neutral outfit more fun. Plus, she doesn’t really commit herself to one style or another – she switches it up between preppy, a little boho and some more sophisticated looks.

How To: To get this stand out spring look, find a neon color that suits you – green, yellow, pink, violet etc. Then, find a simple striped tee of that shade and paint your nails to match. Although you can buy jeans pre-cropped, you can crop your favorite worn in jeans by folding a three inch section from the bottom of the jeans until the hem is now at your mid-shin. Add a simple leather jacket, statement jewelry with your cleanest white shoes and you should have no problem brightening up campus!


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