It’s exam time at Ryerson and whether you’re on campus in your favourite study spot or practically living in the library, you’re probably feeling pretty stressed out. And with the stress comes the need for keeping your outfits as simple as possible—while still showing off your own personal style. I spotted this Fashionista in Kerr Hall Quad looking comfy and cool in an oversized jacket and a great pair of combat boots. From her scarf to her sunglasses, I love how her accessories work really well to bring the whole outfit together.
Name: Michelle Girouard
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?
Michelle Girouard: I go through phases and hardly ever stick to one style. It went from very chic and classy like Kim Kardashian to very boho chic in the summer like Nicole Richie or Vanessa Hudgens. I'd say my styles slowly evolving into a grungy look. I've been wearing a lot of black, plaids and forest greens lately.
CF: What should every Fashionista have in her closet?
MG: Every Fashionista MUST have the perfect high-waisted dark wash (or black) jeans. They're so slimming, go with almost any outfit and they go with any fashion style. I'll pair my jeans with heels to go out or wear them casually with my combat boots. I almost always wear a crop top with them.
CF: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
MG: I raid Pinterest all the time. I love categorizing different styles into one place and drawing inspiration from multiple people at once. There's so much variety on the site and it allows me to explore my own style, figure out what I like and try to be original.
CF: Whose closet would you love to raid?
MG: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, without a doubt! They have the most incredible fashion sense without having to try half the time. They're extremely innovative and great trendsetters, which I think is hard to find nowadays.
CF: What season do you get most excited to dress for and why?
MG: I get most excited for the beginning of fall because it's the perfect weather to show off my fashion sense. I can combine layers and stay comfortable. I can wear tights, heels, boots, skirts, pants, shorts—pretty much anything without breaking a sweat or getting too cold. The colour tones I can play around with are also amazing.
How To: Start with a simple white T-shirt, a dark grey pullover sweater and a pair of gray or light-wash jeans. Then add an oversized olive green jacket, a pair of wool socks and black combat boots. Next, find a great backpack for your books and other campus essentials and also a smaller side bag for your wallet and other necessities. Finish off with a striped scarf, black toque and a pair of Aviator shades.