FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Makena Cummings

Fashionista Spotlight

Let’s talk about scarves. They come in all sizes, colors, textures and patterns for every unique Fashionista/o to call their own. Seldom do we see a scarf repeat itself on campus — that is, unless you fall in love with a color that has you searching for one just like it. When I came across this Fashionista on USC’s Historic Horseshoe, my eyes were drawn to her mustard scarf that I’ve been coveting for years. Not only did I make sure to ask where she got it but also praised her for exposing a fall-inspired outfit made appropriate for early spring.

Many of us retire our autumn clothing because frankly, we don’t have a clue when it comes to making them work as outfits in the month of March. Funny enough, many fall colors are balancing neutrals for a pop of color. This Fashionista’s mustard scarf looks bold against her khaki coat and dark olive skirt, yet stills gives off the essence of a relaxed color combo. Her use of exposed socks and beige boots over black tights evens the weight of her overall look from top to bottom.

Name: Makena Cummings

Major: Public Relations

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: First, where did you get your mustard-colored beauty? And second, do you have a preference when it comes to the look and style of a scarf?

Makena Cummings: I got it from a little boutique in Raleigh, NC! As far as scarves go, I hate infinity scarves — too suffocating.  I usually go for longer, thicker scarves in solid colors, preferably knitted out of some very soft yarn.

CF: When it comes to your personal style, where or who do you draw inspiration from?

 MC: I draw a lot of inspiration from fashion blogs and associated Instagram accounts. I also experiment on my own by styling pieces I already have in new ways. I want to get the most out of the closet, and it’s fun discovering new combinations to try.

CF: What’s your advice for styling outfits in transition from winter to spring?

MC: When it comes to transitioning, layers are the best way to go. For example, I like wearing a nice button-down under a sweater so I have the option to adjust with the changing temperatures. This adds freedom when it comes to dressing and combinations because the same layout can still look different each day of the week.

How To: Neutrals will bring out the best of bright colors or bold patterns, so long as it is consistent from top to bottom. This Fashionista’s balancing act of khaki can be found in her coat and boots, as well as with the darker hues in her skirt and tights. Colors and patterns can be successfully showcased through an accessory, so consider scarves, hats, handbags and socks as ways to brighten up a combination of neutrals. Lastly, you can’t go wrong with the addition of a great pair of leather gloves — especially for when the wind picks up.

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