FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Laura Cuconati

Fashionista Spotlight

Here in Rome, one of Italy’s fashion capitals, style is all about presentation and complements. This Fashionista learns from the locals around her. She matches the black embroidering with her black denim then ties it all together with black flats–yet she doesn’t lose her feminine identity. Loving pastels, this Fashionista found a way to rock a lavender crop top despite the groundhog’s decision. Although she’s new to the area, this Fashionista balances sophistication and edge effortlessly, easing herself into the FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT with grace.

Name: Laura Cuconati

Major: Architecture

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: Tell me what pieces you’re wearing and where you got them!

Laura Cuconati: My crop top was a DIY project from an old shirt. My shaw (or whatever you want to call it), necklace and flats are from Forever 21. My jeans are actually from Pacsun.

CF: What is your favorite piece of this outfit?

LC: My black high-waisted jeans. I wear them all the time! When I don’t know what to wear, I always start with them. They match with practically everything.

CF: Rome is generally thought of as a fashion capital. Would you agree?

LC: Yes. Although I think that it is definitely a fashion capital, from a resident’s perspective, it’s very general. It’s just like what we have in the U.S. But that’s only speaking from the general population’s street style that I’ve observed. Once you head closer into center city, there is a very European vibe in everything everyone wears. Everyone looks sharp.

CF: What kind of trends are you looking forward to this spring?

LC: Pastels. It’s the color of Easter and the color of Rome’s buildings. As much as I love my black jeans, I’d ditch them for color in a heartbeat. Or I’d find a way to incorporate both of them in an outfit, like I did today. Fashion isn’t about care what other’s think. It’s about combining things that shouldn’t go together and making them work, while still reflecting aspects of your personality.

How To: For this outfit, start with high-waisted denim. Since winter is slowly moving into spring (in Rome, at least), ditch your black denim and opt for blue. Up top, find a cropped pastel tank like this one. Kimonos are bound to stick around. Try finding on that expresses your style through its pattern, like this Fashionista. She went with sheer and feminine, but the options range from retro to edgy. Lastly, pull the outfit together with a pair of flats that complement the colors in the kimono you choose. Add a simple necklace that brushes the collarbone and you’re ready for the spotlight!

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