Fashionista Spotlight

It never ceases to amaze me the ratio of attractive people on my campus. Seriously, just quit school and become a model already. As I pulled this Fashionista aside to pose for pictures, she looked at me perplexed. I explained to her my concept of “sneaky chic.” Whether you’re the next Donatella Versace or a dazed and confused victim of fashion, we’ve ALL done it at some point. It’s the look that says, “I spent a decent amount of time strategically putting this together but it’s going to look so effortless and approachable, you’ll think I threw it on in a matter of minutes. And if you ask what I’m wearing I might even respond with, “Oh, this old thing?” Sneaky chic. Works like a charm, every time.

Name: Madi Crane

Major: Retail Merchandising and Product Development

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: Where do you find most of your inspiration? 

Madi Crane: I feel like my style is a hodge-podge of different looks. Sometimes I can’t get enough of the Free People blog, other days I could look at J.Crew style blogs and The Sartorialist all day… and then there are days that I feel like I just walked out of a Field & Stream magazine.

CF: As a retail merchandising and product development major, what are some interesting things you’ve had the opportunity to do in fashion?

MC: It has been really cool to see the opportunities that have surfaced in pursuing this degree. Working at Anthropologie and taking a mini-internship last summer with Not Your Mother’s hair products, I am seeing more doors continue to open. I just took a trip to NYC to take a few interviews but nothing is set in stone quite yet. I’m looking forward to interning there this summer if all goes as planned.

CF: Do you have a favorite designer or store that you swear by?

MC: Right now I‘m loving Rebecca Minkoff’s spring collection. She rides the line of feminine and edgy so well. With the perfect use of color and silhouette, she always seems to nail it!

How To: As the temperatures begin to rise to the more welcome, warm range, it’s time to start shedding some layers and emerge from that winter coma. Rummage to the bottom of your drawer and grab your favorite pair of denim cut-offs. Warning: if they are bedazzled and/or fail to cover certain body parts, please donate them to the nearest 12-year-old.To get this Fashionista’s sneaky chic look, balance the shortness of the shorts with a chunky cable knit sweater. Her Free People woven sandals were a breath of fresh air from the monotony of the winter boot craze. It helps that her toes were cute, too. Slip a patterned backpack over your shoulder and you’ll be as ready as this Fashionista to go about your day.


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