Hello, readers! Welcome to my column this semester where I will feature impeccably dressed Fashionistas/os. I am still at home so when I was assigned to look for someone CollegeFashionista worthy I was afraid I could not deliver. That was until I spotted this Fashionista roaming the streets of El Paso, Texas. It was as if she came from sartorial heaven. With no moment to spare, she was photographed to become my next feature.
This Fashionista is sporting a perfect mix of trends, comfort and structure. She perfectly combined this seasons must-haves into a perfect symbiotic outfit.
Name: Mariana Cantu
Major: Fashion Merchandising
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Mariana Cantu: Zara sweater, Blk Dnm jeans, Isabel Marant sneakers, Céline bag, Movado watch.
CF: What inspires your style?
MC: I’m always on top of upcoming trends but I get most inspired by other street style and I feel it’s important to always include a statement piece in my outfits.
CF: What trends are you looking forward to in spring 2013?
MC: For spring 2013 I am looking for mix and match prints in pastels. I know same print top and bottom has been big now for a while.
CF: What are your favorite places to shop?
MC: I mostly shop online. Anything I see that offers pieces that I know are hard to find elsewhere, like sometimes farfetch.com, modaoperandi.com, barneys.com, ssense.com or even eBay if I’m really aiming to find something specific.
CF: Why do you think fashion is important?
MC: Fashion is important for me because it is a way of living, and it’s a way of expressing things you sometimes can’t express in words. We practice fashion every day and not just by choosing our daily outfits, rather the way we actually do things.
How To: To recreate this look, pair a statement sweater such as this one with wedge sneakers from Steve Madden. Add a statement pair of sunglasses to tie your look together. This Fashionista is wearing Miu Miu Catwalk sunglasses but for a more affordable alternative, try an equally amazing pair from House of Harlow. And lastly, to give your outfit a structured approach with an incredible bag like our Fashionista, this one bares an uncanny resemblance minus the price tag.