This Fashionista and I talk all things fashion, from her favourite designers to where she likes to shop and a run down of her own personal style. Like the classic styles she admires, she spoke with poise and grace. But her grungy side also came apparent when she suggested this graffiti-lined alleyway for our photo location.

Name: Chessy Carey

Major: Communication Design

Year: First

College Fashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Chessy Carey: I think I have a very eclectic style; I love a lot of different eras and a lot of different styles. I very much so love classic style, classic lines from the '60s and '50s. But I also love contemporary things at the moment like the '90s, that kind of thing. And a lot of grunge looks that are coming in.

CF: Who are your favourite designers?

CC: I love Alexander Wang for his sort of grungy style. And I love Phillip Lim. I’ve always loved Phillip Lim. That would be the first designer I go to on (laughing). I loved McQueen and Dior when John Galliano was in.

CF: Where do you like to shop the most?

CC: In Melbourne I like GPO, that's good there. And Chapel Street probably has all my favourite shops.

CF: Any favourite Australian brands?

CC: Romance Was Born, Gorman, Alpha60.

How To: This look reflects our Fashionista’s collective mix between classic and grunge. Pair a button up shirt with a skater skirt and throw on an oversized knit to create a relaxed but tailored look. Worn with a structured handbag and classic leather boots, this look comes together effortlessly. The skirt is from American Apparel who offer the circle skirt cut in many interesting colours and fabrics. My personal favourites include the dark wash denim version and the truffle coloured corduroy. You can also find this Fashionista's handbag from Zara. It can be found in the classic black style as featured here, or in a beautiful deep wine colour too. To create a look like this Fashionista try pairing classic pieces like shirts and structured trousers or skirts with things that are more grunge and slouch. And stick to a darker colour pallette, go for rich jewel tones like navy or wine or deep emerald.


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