Floral collared blouses and country fairs.
Another new smell of fall is accompanying the air at USC. Unlike our cinnamon and pumpkin spices that have been prominent this time of year, this smell consists of fried food. Fried Kool-Aid and Oreos, basically anything fried is what keeps students waiting in long lines. The fair is visiting the town of Columbia at the University of South Carolina. Attending the excitement filled fair is definitely on the top of everyone's list. As USC students visit the petting farms and venture to the famous Fireball Ride. It is apparent that you are definitely in the South with the different styles you view at the Carolina fair. To be a Fashionista there is no certain way you must look or store you have to shop from. I realized that everyone has their own unique style. If worn with confidence and a hint of flare you are well on your way to being my Fashionista of the week. I spotted this Fashionista rushing through the halls of the Coliseum. Her floral collared blouse had state fair written all over it with style.
Name: Leigh Crichton
Major: Fashion Merchandising
CollegeFashionista: What experiences in the fashion industry have helped shape your style?
Leigh Crichton: I have been working in retail since I was 16. I have always loved fashion and viewed it as a way of self expression. Living in New York and working at Diane von Furstenberg was a major inspiration to not only my style, but my life. I was able to see New York for the first time ever and how it is bursting at the seams with style, individualism, and creativity which I had never really witnessed in South Carolina. Now, working for Nordstrom, I am around fashion every single day and am expected to keep up with the forever changing trends… after all, it's part of my job. Every woman needs to subscribe to Vogue, frequent fashion blogs, don't worry about what others think, and have fun in their closet!
CF: What is your favorite part about fall fashions?
LC: Fur, peplum, ponte pants, boots, flannel, leather, textures and lots of layering.
CF: What do you think will be the latest upcoming trends we need to watch out for?
LC: Gender Play: Think super structured, perfectly tailored pieces, mixed with splashes of feminine flair.
CF: What is on your winter shopping list for clothes?
LC: Thankfully I already stocked up on my fall basics; Ponte pants, colored skinnies, printed tights, boots, peplum top and leather. Throughout the season, I will add “fast-fashion” pieces to keep my basics “fresh” and looking new.
How To: All the buzz in fashion blogs and magazines are about collared blouses. Not just on blouses but collars in general! Fashionistas are even found sporting snap-on collars or collared necklaces. Leigh's flattering floral chiffon shirt nicely compliments her black leggings. Any type of leggings printed or solid are a great go-to piece for a breezy fall day. Throw on some riding boots and add patterned knee-highs for some extra texture. Fashionistas are obsessed with studded accesories for this fall. Wear studded bangles and geometric necklaces for an edgier look. If edgy is not for you add a fur vest or fringe scarf for a more chic vibe. Fashionistas must always be punctual for their hourly activities. Save up for that special Michael Kors watch you have been eyeing since Christmas or save money from our favorite college friendly websites.