FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Kate Firth

Fashionista Spotlight

It’s finally happened. Snow has hit Notre Dame in full force, and this new winter wonderland has created a blessing and a curse for the fashion faithful. Cozy sweaters are popping up all over campus, and leather boots are being swapped for heavier duty pairs embellished with fur and laces. Despite negative wind chills and incessant snow, this Fashionista finds a warm harmony in her cozy oversized sweater, chambray top and fitted black pants. Black boots and strong shoulders have a striking edge against this soft snowy backdrop. With a casually and comfortably chic ensemble, this minimalist Fashionista is ready for a full day of work, study and even snow.

Name: Kate Firth

Major: Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Kate Firth: I’m wearing a chambray shirt from Gap, Topshop sweater, Madewell jeans, La Canadienne boots and a Soia & Kyo jacket.

CF: What was the inspiration for your outfit today?

KF: The motivation behind my outfit today was staying warm in the snow and -4 degree windchill. It’s my warmest sweater and these boots are waterproof. Also, I live off-campus and swam this morning so I wanted something that I could throw on easily while getting ready in the locker room.

CF: Where do you typically find fashion inspiration?

KF: I’m an avid reader of some fashion blogs (Refinery29 is my current fave), but I also draw inspiration from people around me, as well as practical considerations.

CF: How will moving onto a career after graduation affect your style?

KF: I just accepted a job doing banking in Manhattan for next year, so my style will definitely be affected. In the office I’ll have to wear a lot of dark suits, but when (if?) I’m ever not working, I plan to be on top of my fashion game. Luckily, a good friend of mine works in the fashion industry in the city so I can count on her to keep me creative.

CF: Why should students want to dress well on campus?

KF: Dressing well for class is something that I think is incredibly important. It shows that you are taking your role as a student seriously, and I find that it’s an easy way to boost my confidence in class. Plus, done right, it can show your professors and classmates that you are ready and focused.

How To: Even bundling up can be a stylish event with the right mixture of textures and colors. As I’ve previously written, chambray is one of the most versatile — and trendy — materials of the moment. Sporting a neutral crew neck sweater over chambray not only adds layers and warmth, but also lends a polished and practical air to an outfit. Find a sweater with a strong shoulder detail to pair with the chambray — the result will be a powerful minimalist look that is both striking and inviting. Complete your cozy look with comfortable but elegant black pants or jeans and dark boots. To dress up the look even further, add a statement necklace, bold earrings or a chunky bracelet.

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