Fashionista Spotlight

One of the joys of living in Kingston is being surrounded by gorgeous Lake Ontario. In the summertime, students dive off the pier, lay out by the docks and take boats over to nearby Wolfe Island, soaking in all the natural beauty of the area. Spotting this Fashionista’s nautical-themed outfit brought me back to my memories of summer on the lake. She demonstrates how to seamlessly transfer the trends from warmer months to the colder months. She is the epitome of being on trend–cool and casual–without looking overly put-together or losing a sense of her personality. Follow her example for stylishly smooth sailing this winter.

Name: Meg Campbell

Major: English

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Meg Campbell: My mom bought me these boots a long, long time ago and the socks are from Mark’s Work Warehouse. The pants are from Zara and the shirt is from H&M. I knitted this scarf myself and I got this belt at a flea market. 

CF: What is your biggest tip for students on a budget?

MC: Hand-me-downs. Also, borrowing clothes and trading them with either friends or people you live with; it’s like having external wardrobes. Or just knit your own stuff!

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

MC: I get really drawn to items that are kind of out there, so really shiny or striped or floral items. Or they have a really cool cut. And then I’ll mix that with other things that are seen as stylish. I really mix and match. 

CF: Who is your personal Style Guru?

MC: Probably my sister. That sounds tacky, but she has really cool clothes and it almost bugs me because I’m like, “Your closet is so much nicer than mine!” Also, anyone who makes clothes for women who have real-world thighs. That sounds weird, but there’s a lot of really cool clothing that only looks good on people who have tiny thighs and nobody fat. I have a butt, so I respect anyone who can help me show it off in a stylish way!

How To: To replicate this Fashionista’s ensemble, the trick is to take summertime staples and appropriately “winterize” them.  For her nautical theme, combine stripes with the classic combination of red, white and blue. To keep the look suitable for all seasons, replace spring and summer’s linen and cotton with more luxurious textiles for winter, such as velvet, wool or leather. Swap out boat shoes for boots, and complete the look with a quality-made jacket in a neutral colour, which allows for a more playful colour palette underneath.


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