With the rise of social media platforms from Pinterest to Instagram (and everywhere in between), the fashion world has never been more closely knit and communally inspired. Although in many ways this is an amazing opportunity, it has also lessened the diversity of dress among Fashionistas. This Fashionista stood out in a sea of fashionable but less inspired individuals. Although there is no knocking simplicity (least of all from me), everything from her paisley skinnies to her emerald leather gloves brings a refreshing creativity and artistry to fashionable dressing.
Name: Marlee Katz
Major: Fine Arts and Entrepreneurship
CollegeFashionista: Who are your fashion role models/who inspires your style?
Marlee Katz: I am a very big Instagram user. Through it, I find a lot of inspiration from models worldwide and I have become increasingly drawn to many Australian boutiques and designers. It must be the eternally warm weather that draws me in.
CF: What’s your favorite part of your outfit?
MK: I adore my paisley print Paige jeans—they include my favorite colors, purple and green and they pair perfectly with almost any sweater.
CF: What spring trend are you looking forward to?
MK: I am looking forward wear gunmetal tones and throwing in bright artistic pops of color into my wardrobe. Past trends always end up resurfacing. As always, the sporty trend is big for spring and summer—always comfortable and easy to throw on.
CF: How would you describe your personal style?
MK: I wear what I like, oftentimes a lot of black. I have started to focus on quality pieces over quantity and am excited to build my wardrobe as I move into the working world.
CF: How do you stay fashionable in the freezing cold?
MK: I don’t! Lots of bundling up in my giant Canada Goose jacket, leather gloves and my mother’s vintage mink earmuffs.
How To: As tempting as it is to create a uniform, every Fashionista needs to mix it up with some statement pieces. Treat your outfits like a canvas and use an artistic eye. Try a dress that combines patters textures and colors instead of your LBD. If dressing up is too big of a step, try jump starting your wardrobe with unusual colors. A leather jacket in burgundy rather than black will stand out while remaining a staple. For those of you who still aren’t sold, start visiting craft shows and looking for jewelry that is wearable art or even one-of-a-kind.