We all have an item in our closet we can’t live without no matter what season we’re in. It is why I am a firm believer that summer isn’t solely about donning cute dresses and sandals. On campus, I spotted a Fashionista who knows the importance of keeping to her own personal style, a good pair of sneakers and her favorite go-to item. This Fashionista spends most of her time rummaging through vintage stores. When I first spotted her with her iPod on hand, I was sure she was playing hard rock tunes in sync with her grunge attire.
Name: Leanne Porter
CollegeFashionista: What are you currently wearing?
Leanne Porter: My shirt is from NASTY GAL. It’s their original T-shirt. It’s a $65 shirt that my best friend bought me as a Christmas present because she knew how much I wanted it. I’m wearing my Old Navy workout pants and my shoes are from Forever 21—I happen to work there and I am obsessed with sneakers. My rings are from craft shows. These spoon rings are from the ’40s. I love craft shows because that’s how you find unique stuff that no one else has. Everyone buys from Forever 21 but craft shows or art shows are the place to get those unique items that make you stand out. And my bag, I think my mom got it for me from an airport.
CF: How would you describe your style?
LP: It’s mostly grungy, soft punk. I shop a lot at thrift stores but I like to be trendy too. I dress more like punk edge. I never wear white. I’m always laidback.
CF: What is your favorite season?
LP: Fall and winter. I like those seasons because I like wearing a lot of accessories and layering.
CF: What is your favorite wardrobe piece that you wear all the time?
LP: This shirt I am wearing right now and this other Forever 21 T-shirt I have that says “Thug life” in old writing style, like Alice in Wonderland handwriting.
CF: What trend are you looking forward to sporting this summer?
LP: Big, printed, bold pants. I know it’s so hot out now but I love the idea of having bold statement pants and pairing them with light crop tops to contrast. And I just bought these awesome polka-dot pants from Target that I’m obsessed with. They’re like big gaucho pants. You have to check it out.
CF: You said you’re obsessed with sneakers. What brand of sneakers do you prefer?
LP: Converse sneakers are awesome. I just ordered a new pair of high tops.
How To: To achieve this Fashionista’s perfect grunge ensemble while dodging a heat wave, buy yourself these amazing sneakers, throw on a super cool sleeveless graphic T-shirt and pair it up with black shorts or lightweight leggings. Voilà! You’re all set for a spankin’ rock ‘n’ roll ensemble without breaking a sweat.