Gianni Versace once said, “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” If there’s anything that we can learn from Mr. Versace, it’s that fashion doesn’t follow rules. That being said, bend a few rules this week. While it may not technically be spring just yet, it’s certainly time for spring fashion, so break out your pastels and your prints. While out and about, I saw this Fashionista defying the norm and embracing early spring, sporting a preppy and professional ensemble perfect for a day on the town.
Name: Joanna Morgan
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?
Joanna Morgan: My personal style is clean, classic and understated. I have some bold, patterned pieces, but I typically wear simple shapes and colors, then add accessories to make my outfit brighter.
CF: What spring trends are you most excited for?
JM: Sandals. It’s fairly easy to find inexpensive sandals, so you can buy several different pairs to go with virtually any outfit without having to break the bank.
CF: If you had $1,000 to spend, what articles of clothing or accessories would you buy and why?
JM: I would buy a lot of True Religion jeans. They are without a doubt the most comfortable jeans you will ever wear, and they look good on everyone.
CF: What advice do you have for students on a budget who want to stay on trend?
JM: Outlet malls and factory stores are my secret to staying on trend while also staying within my budget. I also try to shop out of season so I can buy when prices are low and store my clothing until the appropriate season arrives. Also, combining wardrobes with friends is always a good idea.
CF: Do you feel like your style has evolved since being in college?
JM: I have definitely begun to incorporate more comfort into my personal style. When walking four to five miles across grounds each day, I will opt for a more functional pair of shoes, rather than the pair that best matches my outfit.
How To: If you want to put together a classic look just like this Fashionista wore, be sure to center your outfit around a black tulip skirt. Pair your skirt with a basic chambray if you want to keep things simple, or add a pop of color with a pastel popover shirt. Finally, finish off your outfit just like this Fashionista did by adding bold accessories, such as a floral statement necklace or some springy sandals.