FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Kiersten Gutherman

Fashionista Spotlight

Working in a vintage boutique continues to deliver stylish Fashionistas on a daily basis. Often, the chic and lovely ladies (and the occasional dapper dude) of Delaware stroll in and peruse our merchandise, and I get to scope out their looks, snap their photos and my style hunt is complete.

This Tuesday I met a Fashionista that united an unlikely collection of fashion influences. Her short bob and bangs reminded me of my fabulous studio art teacher in high school, while her eye makeup is a throwback to the 1960s and her sweet striped blouse is a subtle salute to Beetlejuice. Her quirky vintage style with a pop of hot orange gives her look so much personality and packs a lot of punch — too much for a style hunter like myself to resist. We got to chatting while she sifted through our vintage racks.

Name: Kiersten Gutherman

Major: Psychology, English minor

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: Where do you get your style inspiration?

Kiersten Gutherman: I subscribe to Nylon magazine and follow a lot of fashion blogs, so get a lot of ideas from there. My favorite fashion decades are the ‘20s, ‘50s and ‘60s. I'm really hoping the new Great Gatsby movie brings back ‘20s fashion like “Mad Men” did for the ‘50s. My biggest style icon is probably Karen Gillan. She wears a lot of vintage clothing and looks absolutely gorgeous in everything.

CF: I heard you say you design a bit. What or how do you love to create?

KG: While I do love crafting and making things to spruce up my dorm, sewing is my passion. My aunt taught me to sew by hand when I was really young, and I've been sewing on a machine since about 13. I've made a few dresses and shirts for myself, as well as handbags for relatives. Along with designing things myself, I like to reconstruct clothes from thrift stores. You can buy an ugly dress for four or five dollars and make it into a really cute skirt or shirt. I'm also heavily involved in costuming for E52 Student Theatre on campus. Right now we're working on sewing costumes for our production of Phantom of the Opera, which opens April 13th.

CF: What role does fashion play in your life?

KG: I went to Catholic school my entire life (including Kindergarten), so I had a to wear an ugly uniform every day for 13 years. Since I couldn't wear what I wanted to most of the time, I really outdid myself when I could. Fashion is definitely a form of self-expression for me. I dress in a variety of different styles depending on my mood that particular day. Fashion is also important to me because, as I said before, I sew a lot. I love paying attention to new trends and throwing in some aspects of older styles when I design my looks.

CF: What inspired your look today in particular?

KG: I've had the orange skirt for quite a while but I had no idea what to wear it with. I bought this shirt specifically to wear with it, and it finally came in the mail yesterday. I don't see any point in saving nice outfits for a special occasion, so I wore it as soon as I could!

How To: This Fashionista achieved a look that is packed with creativity — the boldness of the blouse’s stripes complement the pop of the orange midi skirt. The Fashionista's eye makeup and mod bob tie the look’s inspiration to a decade far, far away. A bright midi (try this one or this one, both from ASOS) is definitely a must-have this season, especially when the spring breeze drives our minis wild. Another important piece is a semi-sheer blouse to layer over a sweet bustier or under a sweater. Go with a print like this Fashionista did, or opt for solid chiffon.

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