Fashionista Spotlight

Take a turn to the wild side with some tribal prints this winter. Want to stick out in the urban jungle of Albany? Try some bold sweaters such as the one this Fashionista is wearing. Here’s a history lesson: most believe that designs similar to these have originated from West Africa, hence the other term for them, African prints. Actually, they are considered to have a crossbred cultural background. In Indonesia, natives would use a procedure known as wax-resist dying to make eccentric and intricate patterns on cloth, called Batik. In the 1850s Dutchmen enlisted a number of West African slaves to battle in Indonesia, which is when they brought the style back to the homeland. What I love about this look is that the champagne top is subtle and it adds a warm, earthy tone against the snow outside.

Name: Michaela Rudy

Major: Environmental Science

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: Tell me about what you’re wearing today.

Michaela Rudy: I am wearing my fleece lined leggings with a knitted sweater, a chic hipster bag and a comfy pair of boots. My sweater is from Forever 21, the bag is from Lacoste and the boots are from JCPenney.

CF: Where do you get your inspiration?

MR: I get my inspiration mostly from my older sister. She always dresses comfortably but cute and since we’re sisters, we always mix and match clothing and accessories. It’s like having another closet! 

CF: What are some of your tips for staying warm and still looking good?

MR: Fleece-lined leggings are a must for the winter! I recommend wearing thinner, cotton leggings under jeans or sweatpants for some extra warmth especially since it gets extremely windy here in Albany. No one will notice the tight extra insulating layer! Sweaters will always keep you warm in the cold, and I think layering them over a denim top will add some nice texture contrast.  A pair of boots is a staple in every girl’s closet during the winter. I love mid-calf and knee-high boots the best, but booties are definitely making a comeback. 

CF: What are some fashion staples that you couldn’t live without in the wintertime?

MR: I couldn’t go without my knitted headbands. They are very trendy this winter and keep your ears warm at the same time! What I love is that you can wear these accessories with almost any hairstyle, unlike beanies or hats. They’re also a pretty affordable statement piece! Also, I love my scarves. I probably have 20 different scarves, one that will match with every ensemble I can think of. It’s just as functional as it is fashionable. 

CF: What is your favorite thing about this look?

MR: My favorite thing would have to be my sweater. It’s one of those things you just see and immediately fall in love with. I just really like the whole baggy, boho sweater and tribal print combination because I can pair this with any simple pair of jeans. It completes any quick go-to outfit!

How To: Add a neutral knitted headband/ear warmer to amplify the boho vibe. I think the over the shoulder satchel has a great earthy tone and complements the colors of the outfit well, so I would stick to a subtle olive color for any accessories. It is cold out though, so I’d throw on a leather jacket or a drippy long jacket similar to this one.


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