Fall is one of my favorite times of the year on Virginia Tech’s campus. The leaves are turning our school colors (maroon and orange) and the students are officially settled into their routines. I love the fall atmosphere! Plus, many Fashionistas are spotted around campus sporting their new cooler weather clothing. This Fashionista caught my eye because of her long-sleeved, vintage dress that seemed to be perfect for this fall weather. The colors are warm and it looks like a go-to piece for this season.
Name: Bess Butler
CollegeFashionista: So tell me about this look.
Bess Butler: My shoes are from Copper Penny Savannah, a southeastern chain of high end boutiques I worked for this summer, and they are by Elizabeth and James. I was attracted by them because of their classic color and cut. I knew they would go with everything and I sold them to so many other girls that I had to buy a pair of my own before they sold out. I bought my dress in Ashville, North Carolina at a local boutique. I thought the sleeves resembled the '50s and I love vintage. My necklace is from a small hippie/indie store in Ashville as well. And my bracelets are a collage of ones I have made over the years with friends. The leather one a man gave me while traveling this summer so it reminds me of how generous people are and leather happens to be really in right now.
CF: What drives your fashion inspiration and how would you describe your personal style?
BB: I love to steal fashion inspiration from girls I see in class or on the street because unlike celebrities, I know I can actually dress like that and get away with it. I first had an interest in fashion when my very stylish sister started to dress me in middle school. She was a fashion major at the University of Georgia and now is about to own her own boutique chain in Savannah! She is always classy and put together and I always have wanted to be like that with just a hint of my own style which is more laid back and cute. I'm always frolicking so I cannot have my clothing holding me back by being restricting or uncomfortable. Sometimes my style can be edgy and sometimes, like this outfit, earthy. Sneakers (vans and converse) with rompers are typically my signature because other people rarely wear them.
CF: Is there an item in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
BB: I do not know what I would do without my Converse All-Stars. Converse are classic shoes that have been worn for decades so I love the vintage, classic look of them while being able to dress down any outfit for class. They are also Hokie colored (maroon) so I wear them to every game.
How To: Bohemian, vintage dresses have always been in style. To achieve this Fashionista’s look, try looking for the perfect vintage-inspired dress. This one from Free People encompasses the look as well as this shift dress from Anthropologie. Like this Fashionista, you can be creative with your accessories to complete the look and truly make it your own style.