Considering that we’re college students, we don’t exactly have the ability to shell out the big bucks and fulfill our Fashionista dreams of owning a Carrie Bradshaw wardrobe (at least not yet!). Thankfully, our favorite retailers make it easy for us to wear looks identical to those seen on the runway for less. I was lucky to meet this week’s Fashionista, as she gives us words of wisdom on how to maintain your stylish ways without breaking the bank.
Name: Michelle Kim
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
MK: I'm wearing a satin-finish shirt from Forever 21, pink cropped pants from Urban Outfitters, boots from ALDO, a Pour La Victoire bag and my favorite Michael Kors watch that I actually wear religiously.
CF: How would you describe your personal style?
MK: My personal style is mainly streamlined and classic, with a minimalist approach. It's mainly inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss.
CF: Do you have any tips on maintaining a fashionable wardrobe with a college student budget?
MK: Definitely work with the basics that you already have in your closet. My rule of thumb when shopping: if I can easily picture something in at least five different outfits based on what I already own in my closet, then I'm good to go. Versatility is key when maintaining a closet with a budget.
CF: What's one item in your closet you are more inclined to splurge on?
MK: I am definitely more inclined to splurge on accessories like shoes and purses because I believe they are the finishing touches that can really make or break an outfit. I recently splurged on this black bag, not only because I was obsessed with the zippers, but also because of its versatility. I knew I could wear it everyday with nearly every outfit, so it's more worth the investment.
How To: This Fashionista stays true to her minimalist style with the outfit she’s wearing. For a similar look, tuck this floral blouse (totally appropriate for autumn) into these wine colored skinnies. Keep the accessories simple with this custom-made hexagonal charm bracelet by Carissa Rae Jewelry, and don’t be afraid to mix prints by slipping on these leopard pumps. With such a cool look, no one would have ever guessed you were shopping on a budget!