This Fashionista is my favorite yet. Her overall aesthetic capitalizes expertly on the element of fiction; she looks storybook, like a fairy princess in disguise. A slim and elegant silhouette could lift her off the ground, but her grungy boots keep her planted. Jacquard wovens, quilting and velvet all reminisce of medieval luxury, and her ears are dotted with tiny stones, perhaps heirlooms of fantastic origin. I imagine she was taken from her woodland home in infancy; unaware of her extraordinary beginnings, she divides her time into relatively mundane episodes of daydreaming and wondering where it is she really belongs.
Name: Sue Dickerson
Major: Fashion Merchandising
CollegeFashionista: Where do you like to shop?
Sue Dickerson: I like to shop at Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill, Savers, Blue Hanger and Zara.
CF: How would you describe your style?
SD: I would describe my style as eclectic, I love vintage items and unique pieces.
CF: If you had to point to a fictional character for style inspiration, who would it be?
SD: Definitely Madison Montgomery from American Horror Story: Coven.
CF: What websites or blogs inspire you?
SD: Style Bubble, A pair and A spare, LOOKBOOK.nu, LEHAPPY, Into the Fashion, ATX street style and But does it float.
CF: If you were a princess, where would your kingdom be and what would you wear?
SD: My kingdom would be on a wild nature planet, and I would wear a dress made from flowers and shoes made from vine and moss.
CF: What item is at the top of your fashion wishlist?
SD: I really want boots from Acne.
How To: This outfit has a nu-goth luxurious edge (à la Givenchy Haute Couture 2009) which is well articulated through fabric choice and garment cut: faded flannel is replaced with deep red velvet while slouchy collars ascend to the nape of the neck. You can inject some of these lavish Victorian references into any outfit with accessories like this quilted purse from ASOS or this elaborate ear cuff from Raw Taste, or build it into your wardrobe with a foundational piece like a velvet maxi skirt. The tone of this outfit is irrefutably whimsical and ethereal, elevating its sartorial message into something literary. This element of fantasy is inherently more difficult to emulate, but introspection is the first step. Be creative and think about all the fantastical, otherworldly things that inspire you. What are your favorite books? If you could unhinge yourself from earthly confines and into a place more magical, who would you be? I definitely recommend exploring the fantastical side of fashion, and of yourself – your imagination is an endlessly liberating tool and when you mix that with fashion, it can be magical.