FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Courtenay Brown

Fashionista Spotlight

This week’s Fashionista is the perfect example of an NYU student who does it all! Outside of her job at Club Monaco, her internship and demanding academics, Courtenay still makes time to cheerlead for NYU and be involved with her sorority. Despite her hectic lifestyle, she manages to look as adorable and put together as ever! With her feminine skirt and athletic jacket, this Fashionista’s look embodies her personality and interests while still being appropriate for whatever the day may bring.

Name: Courtenay Brown
Major: Broadcast Journalism & Social and Cultural Analysis (Latino Studies and Africana Studies)
Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style? How have your experiences shaped it?

Courtenay Brown: My style has changed a lot since I came back from studying abroad in Buenos Aires. They have an extremely relaxed style there. So although I consider myself to be very girly, I have days when I'd rather throw on a pair of high top sneaks or Jordans with jean cutoffs. I'd say my everyday style combines my super girlish style and tomboyish style as best as possible.

CF: Any fashion icons or blogs you look to for style advice?

CB: I read Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller, Arielle Nachmani and SomethingnAvy, daily. I'm also very inspired by Teyana Taylor. Living in the city makes it so easy to get inspiration for fashion. Pretty much everyone walking down the street is a style icon in his or her own way.

CF: Where are your favorite places to shop?

CB: Hard question. I can pretty much shop anywhere, but lately I've gotten some of my favorite pieces from thrift stores or teeny boutiques around Noho and the East or West Village. Otherwise, I love J.Crew, Club Monaco, Burberry and Joe Fresh. 

CF: Any trends you’re looking forward to wearing this fall?

CB: Camouflage, knee-highs, chunky sweaters and embellished collars. I'm super excited to see where the wedged sneaker trend will go too.

CF: Do you have advice to give to girls like you who are balancing work, internships, school, sports and Greek life?

CB: Learn which pieces are good transitional items. Great items are casual enough for class and club meetings but can be dressed up for work or internships by adding a blazer or cardigan. Otherwise you'll be walking around like a bag lady with tons of different outfits.

How to: Courtenay’s personal style shines brightly through her sporty yet whimsical outfit. She dons a pleated Club Monaco skirt that you too can combine with a varsity jacket to achieve her playful aesthetic. Style.com is just one site praising varsity jackets as an upcoming fall trend that is a versatile alternative to a cardigan or coat. Like Courtenay suggests, transitional items are key for a student who is involved on her campus and in the larger city community. So girls, take a lesson from this week’s Fashionista: what does it matter if your school is not as athletic nor as traditional as the typical college? If school spirit is in your blood, embrace it and inject your personality into your wardrobe by sporting a classic letter jacket this fall.

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