California style is slightly contagious. I’ve only been here a month and I’m obsessed with the high-waist/crop top combo (although I’m still on the prowl for the perfect high-waisted bottoms.) Whether it is a maxi skirt paired with a bustier top or high-waisted denim shorts and a graphic cropped tee, the subtle exposure of skin embodies a sexy, playful vibe while still maintaining class. Come to find out, I’m not the only person hooked on California fashion. This Fashionista, who comes from Florida but attends school in Arizona, sports the quintessential West Coast look despite her East Coast roots.
Name: Kelsea Schuppert
Major: Business Communications
CollegeFashionista: You said you were from Florida. How do you dress differently in Florida than in California?
Kelsea Schuppert: Back in Florida I’m a lot more conservative—I don’t wear high-waisted…like my belly does not show. Out here it’s like a lot more relaxed, you can just kind of wear whatever you want and it’s so much easier to get away with your own style out here.
CF: Do you like California style?
KS: So far yeah I do.
CF: Can you describe your personal style?
KS: I think it’s like, kind of comfy casual with like, I don’t know, I guess a little bit of a conservative twist to it.
CF: Who is your fashion inspiration?
KS: Rachel Zoe. I just think she puts everything together so well. I don’t know, I just love her style. It’s so cute. I love Tory Burch too, that’s another one.
CF: What fashion trend are you looking forward to this summer?
KS: Crop tops and maxi skirts are for sure because they’re like cute but comfortable and just kind of like…I don’t know I just love them.
How To: Emulating this Fashionista’s look is simple. Pair high-waisted denim shorts with a cropped sleeveless top and pull an oversized slouchy sweater over top. Stick to light, neutral colors for a breezy summery look and don’t forget to have fun with accessories. This Fashionista piles on gold bracelets to complement her tan sweater. For a more feminine vibe, swap the denim for a high-waisted, floral maxi skirt and dewy makeup with a soft pink lip. Not into skirts? Wear a pair of lace high-waisted shorts as an alternative for a girly twist.