Today’s Fashionista gets cozy in a boho-chic look that has me wanting to trade in my usual skinny jeans for a patterned maxi skirt like hers. The light denim contrasting with the warm-colored floral has a retro vibe that’s complemented by her long, sleek hair. There’s something very ’70s about it all, which is a nice departure from all the ’90s-inspired looks lately. I also love her chunky black scarf because with the inconsistent weather — some days it’s sunny and mild and other days it’s a snowstorm — it is oh-so-necessary to be prepared. But while Mother Nature is constantly testing us east coast Fashionistas, we know that there’s nothing like thick, knit accessories (or fur) to get us through this season and onto spring. To find out more about today’s Fashionista, read below. She might mention a brand you’ve never heard of or give you an idea for your next travel destination.
Name: Lydia Rui Huang
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?
Lydia Rui Huang: I guess Gypset, ideally, so bohemian meets urban.
CF: What do you think about fashion in NYC and at NYU?
LRH: I tend to look outside of NYU for inspiration, but I lived in Williamsburg for three years and I would just walk down the street and see people dressed edgy — I like edgy.
CF: What are some of your favorite stores?
LRH: Free People, the brand One Teaspoon; For Love and Lemons is another [brand] I love.
CF: Where do you look for jewelry?
LRH: I don’t have a brand of jewelry that I particularly like, but whenever I travel I make sure to buy earrings and necklaces and bracelets from wherever I go. I tend to have a very ethnic, varied collection.
CF: Where in the world have you shopped for jewelry?
LRH: I was really disappointed when I went to Tibet; most of the jewelry I found was actually cheap Chinese jewelry, but Mexico has some really great jewelry.
How To: If you want to get a feel for spring, then go shopping and pick up a floral maxi skirt like this one from Topshop, which has a great selection of patterned skirts both long and short. Then take a cue from today’s Fashionista and pair it with light denim. This shirt with checked sleeves is a little different than your average denim button-up and will look great with everything from leather leggings to those colored skinny jeans, which, admit it, you haven’t worn as much you thought you would. For a black scarf, head to Bloomingdale’s online where there are still winter accessories available — and they’re on sale. Looking for a studded backpack? Topshop has got you covered again.