In fashion, less sometimes means more. When you’re a college student, less means easier and inexpensive. This week’s Fashionista knows how to pack a lot of style punch with minimal fuss. Her look contains primarily tones of gray and black, but it’s far from boring. Her basics pieces catch the eye with their clean lines and unusual geometry, and she accents with interesting jewelry and outerwear. The overall effect proves that simple is superior.
Name: Rachael Wehrle
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Rachael Wehrle: I’m wearing an H&M sweater with an H&M necklace, Levi Brand Jeans jeggings and Chelsea boot Dr. Martens. My coat is from H&M, my scarf is from Forever 21 and my purse is from H&M as well.
CF: What are some of your favorite places to shop?
RW: I really like H&M because it’s affordable, I go to Macy’s for staple pieces, and I love thrift shopping for wacky, one-of-a-kind things.
CF: How would you describe your style?
RW: I try to be as minimalistic as I can, but I like to accent with something pink. I have 12 pairs of black boots. I guess my look also has a downtown vibe.
CF: From where do you get style inspiration?
RW: I follow the bloggers Rumi Neely and Victoria Tornegren religiously. Rumi is an international blogger so she likes to wear designers from all over the world in a really laid back way. Victoria is from Scandanavia where style tends to be really minimalistic.
CF: How does studying apparel design influence your personal style?
RW: Studying design really takes clothes down to the basics. You really learn what styles flow better with others.
CF: What style advice do you have for others?
RW: Simple is better. Sometimes I need to take that advice myself. Once I’m completely dressed and accessorized, if I take off an item, it turns out to be way better. The basics are best. Also, don’t try too hard and just have fun with it. Fashion says a lot about you so always dress by who you want to be and not who you are.
How To: With a little investment up front, achieving this Fashionista’s minimalistic look takes minimal effort. Start of your outfit with basic pieces in the gray scale like these black Levi Brand Jeans jeggings, these versatile black Lucky Brand lace-up booties and a blouse like this unassuming yet unusual gray satin button-down from H&M. Top off your look with an unusual necklace like this metal, chain-link necklace from H&M. Minimal but marvelous!