FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Christina Tempin

Fashionista Spotlight

With the snow coming and going so fast, I have been able to spot students around campus with less layers and leaving their coats open, revealing their outfits that are calling my name. This Fashionista is all about mixing and matching, as well as layering pieces together that will keep her warm and show others her creativity through her garments.

If you're going to mix and match different patterns together, you need to be careful and make sure that the colors and patterns work. Here, she has done just that; with her polka dot top, paisley cardigan, then a belt and scarf, she was able to pull of the look with all the brown tones, and definitely gave me the impression that she was a type of student who had to use a lot of creativity everyday. Well, turns out she is a fashion design major and makes some of the clothes she wears everyday. As someone who works directly with patterns everyday, she has been able to show us that her choices go great together because of color, confidence, and accessorizing. Lets not forget about those shoes, they go perfect with the outfit and definitely dress it up a bit.

Here's how to find out more about this Fashionista and how she views design, personal styles, and the future.

Name: Christina Tempin

Major: Fashion Design

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What made you choose this outfit?

Christina Tempin: I had to go to work and class today, so I needed something that was appropriate enough to go to work in, as well as layer up in warmer clothes like this wool cardigan, so that I can stay warm in this chilly weather.

CF: As a design student, what are you most interested in designing?

CT: As of now, I am most interested in designing textiles, I am very passionate about it. Oh, and definitely shoes too — I love them!

CF: What kinds of things inspire you?

CT: Seeing trends that go on around me, as well as seeing new things that designers do that are coming straight off the runway. With that, I incorporate it with some of my staple items to make it the ultimate ensemble.

CF: What are those staple items and why do you think people should have them?

CT: Definitely a dark wash skinny jean that you can dress up or dress down, high waisted pants because they are so much fun, a black blazer because it is just so classic and lastly a pair of black shoes that match with anything.

CF: Who is your fashion icon and why?

CT: My mom; she used to make all her clothes, now I am going down that path too. She always used to sport the tweed skirts, sweaters and everything iconic from the '70s and '80s. I found some of her old patterns, so I think I definitely want to create garments with them–maybe a romper or a swimsuit.

CF: Where do you see yourself in five years?

CT: Definitely either here in Chicago or out to Los Angeles to work in a high end retailer, but also starting a textiles business on the side.

How To: Love those adorable shoes? Almost every Fashionista on campus has been sporting a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes. Even though the heels go on for miles, they have the '60s and '70s vibe to it so that you can wear what some of the fashion icons wore from that time — groovy! Also check out some of the Marc Jacobs collections to see how to pair up polka-dots.

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