I don’t know about you Fashionistas/os, but too often I find myself torn between current runway styles. It’s so easy to get caught up in the pearled collars and neon blazers of the world and forget about what’s really important in a quality wardrobe—staple pieces. These are the pieces that will last forever; they’re never out-dated because they’re simple and understated (two things which will never go out of style). These classics may differ in color and cut, but they follow a basic pattern—a nice scarf, tailored pants, a clean cut T-shirt or patent pumps. I ran into this Fashionista, Isabella, on my way home from grabbing coffee, and she instantly affirmed all of my theories about staple pieces. Wearing a J. Crew cardigan, simple Gap tank, Guess skinny jeans, Steve Madden lace up boots and a cashmere scarf, she exuded classic, feminine style — a look rocked by Fashionistas like Audrey Hepburn and Kate Middleton alike.
Name: Isabella Jasek
Major: Biomedical Sciences
College Fashionista: How would you describe your personal style?
Isabella Jasek: I would say I usually dress pretty casually, but I like to add a fun accessory. Like, a simple outfit goes well with a fun scarf.
CF: Who would you consider your fashion inspiration?
IJ: Definitely my grandma. I relate to her a lot in general, and I love her vintage wardrobe. Her style from when she was a teen is very classy and feminine, and today she still dresses really well. One thing I learned from her is to have a staple piece of jewelry like a gold locket; she passed her’s down to me.
CF: What is one staple piece in your wardrobe today?
IJ: I have a gray, plaid Banana Republic scarf, and I love it. It’s literally in almost every picture I’m tagged in on Facebook!
CF: Finally, what would you consider a major fashion faux pas?
IJ: Probably something that’s too revealing on the top and bottom, it’s important to pick one or the other.
How To: To imitate Isabella’s classic, feminine style, pair some soft layers on top (try a neutral cardigan and matching scarf or necklace) with a basic pant. It’s never too early to invest in a well-fitted bootcut or cuffed skinny jean from designers like True Religion or Calvin Klein—try to avoid a flared pant with this look as it can overpower the layers. If history has taught us anything, it’s that tailored pants never go out of style! If you want to add accessories, look for enamel earrings or a small leather clutch for toting around the essentials. Finally, finish the look with a simple ballet flat or bootie (the embellishments on this pair of Steve Madden’s are literally too cute for words), and voila—classic style to last a lifetime.