As summer fades, we begin planning and packing to return to our college town bubbles. For seasoned upperclassmen, this occurs within the few hours before we are due back to gather with our out-of-state friends whom we have only seen through the likes of Instagram and Twitter. For incoming freshmen, the best four years of their lives are still ahead of them, and the countdown to college began far before the high school graduation caps came off.
The culture shock of the college campus is much greater than most freshmen will expect and college fashion is no different. For me, coming from many years in a school uniform, I found myself to be wildly lacking in the fashion department. Luckily, the upperclassmen on campus were able to act as my style inspiration. Once I was able to express myself through my clothing, my interest has only grown.
This Fashionista has found her personal look and is ecstatic to show it off the second she moves into her dorm. I love this Fashionista’s mix of texture and pattern in her ensemble. The look exemplifies the perfect ability to transition from day to night. Because of her great taste, I wanted to hear more about her style expectations for the year.
Name: Molly Kennedy
CollegeFashionista: What are you most looking forward to, in terms of clothing and fashion in college?
Molly Kennedy: Getting to dress up! In high school, everyone wore boots, jeans and T-shirts to parties. I’m excited to be able to wear a dress and heels when going out.
CF: What is your back-to-school essential?
MK: Definitely my Frye boots. I love that I can wear them anywhere because I’m not afraid to get them dirty. In the fall and winter, jackets complete all my outfits because they are so versatile. I can wear a leather jacket with a scarf for a casual look or dress it up with heels.
CF: What is the best summer piece to transition into fall looks?
MK: Mini skirts are perfect with sandals in the summer but look super cool with a jacket and boots in the fall. Plus, you can style them more than a dress.
CF: Where do you get your style inspiration?
MK: Mostly celebrities. Blake Lively (love her) and Selena Gomez are two of my favorites when it comes to their everyday looks. Sometimes I’ll get on People.com just to see what celebrities are wearing and how they piece different looks together. I also really like taking inspiration from Rachel Zoe and her styling.
CF: What will be your greatest adjustment to college?
MK: Having no closet and trying to figure out what to do with all my shoes!
How To: For an ultra cool back-to-school look, pair a simple graphic tee with a patterned mini. Add a pair of mid-calf leather boots, like these Frye boots. If the temperature has already cooled off in your college town, top off your look with a faux leather jacket. This Fashionista is wearing this BCBGMAXARIA jacket. Add some rings and your favorite purse, and you are ready to go!