Growing up as the youngest child of any family has its benefits. Being able to raid my older sisters’ closets gave me an outlet for different types of clothes that I was not drawn to. Sometimes the best, unique pieces are found in your family (or friends’) closets. They generally seem to be less intimidating than your typical department store. This Fashionista happens to be my own sister and she might have the exact opposite style than me. Yet, some of her pieces are timeless and I can easily transform them to fit my style. Who gives the real truth of whether an outfit looks good on you or not besides your friends and family? This Fashionista focuses on simple, versatile pieces that she can wear multiple times. Her slim crop jeans from Talbots are a perfect closet staple that can be dressed down for a day of work or dressed up for a night out on the town.
Name: Kelsey Riner
Major: Dance Studies
CollegeFashionista: Describe your outfit for today, and where are all pieces are from?
Kelsey Riner: The blouse and cropped jeans are from my work, Talbots. The shoes are from Off Broadway Warehouse and they are the brand MIA. I got the white chandelier earrings from Steinmart.
CF: What are your favorite brands as of late?
KR: I recently bought a pair of Michael Kors jeans from Steinmart and I am in love. I am also drawn to Lilly Pulitzer and most things from Talbots.
CF: What stores do you generally shop at?
KR: I get great use of my employee discount at Talbots.
CF: What is your style advice for summer?
KR: To stay comfortable. Working in a retail environment for long hours has made me appreciate different pieces that I would not normally wear. I use to be drawn to tops with low backs, but since they are not professional I now look for a lighter-weight fabric top such as linen or silk.
How To: To get this Fashionista’s look, find a great pair of crop jeans like these from Talbots that survive your everyday wear and tear. Try to keep to a dark wash because they are the easiest to transform from day to night. For the blouse, anything that is loose and formfitting will keep the outfit casual. To dress it up, try a top with a low back like this one from TOBI with a statement necklace like this one from Talbots.