As the school year winds down, it's time to pull out your best summer outfits. This Fashionista is heavily involved with the dance program at Conn, but I managed to catch her during the day. I loved how she reinvented her LBD by adding a brown belt and a patterned green cardigan. Desert boot wedges are perfect summer shoes because they’re light and go with almost any outfit.
Name: Carter Goffigon
Major: American Studies
CollegeFashionista: Describe your personal style.
Carter Goffigon: My style is about simplicity more than anything else. At school, I'm constantly running in and out of dance classes and rehearsals, so I like clothes that are multipurpose and easy to change. I gravitate toward staples like black jeans, T-shirts and cardigans to build off of and then add details like bright shoes or colorful jewelry for a subtle flare. I'm also a stickler for wearing clothes that fit my body. At the end of the day, it's about feeling confident and I try not to over think it.
CF: How would you describe L.A. style vs. Conn. style?
CG: When I moved across the country, there were a lot of things I had to adjust to — style being one of them. Growing up, I had never heard of The North Face or Patagonia, simply because I never needed to. I think the biggest differences in style are colors and fabric choices. In L.A., people wear more earth tones — browns, grays, greens and black, whereas in Connecticut it is definitely more about colors and prints. Similarly, we tend to wear lighter fabrics because of the warmer climate, so the need for heavy knits, corduroy or cashmere just doesn't exist. Southern CA and New England are totally different culturally and their respective styles definitely reflect that. Consistent with the lifestyle, fashion is LA is more casual and individualistic. There isn't really a formula for dressing in L.A. It's about what fits your mood and personality on any given day.
CF: How do you follow fashion trends?
CG: To be honest, I don't really. But if I had to choose one, it would probably be ELLE Magazine — mostly because I like their horoscopes! I wear what is comfortable, flattering and makes me feel good. I look to my mom for inspiration as well. She's got a great balance of elegance and ease and I (almost) always trust her eye.
CF: What trends are you excited about for the summer?
CG: Whenever I'm home, I stop by my favorite vintage store to check out their summer dress sales. Lately I've been really into '70s dresses. They're light and basic with a defined waist. I'm always a fan of coral, turquoise and kelly green in the summer, especially in shoes. I'm obsessed with chunky, bright heels right now — they're like candy!
CF: What’s something on your wish list?
CG: I'd love a simple crochet dress. They're classy, subtlety sexy and easy to wear. Plus pair them with flats or wedges and you've got two totally different outfits!
How To: If you’re on the go, this shift dress from Madewell is great because it is loose and airy. However, it can be belted if you choose. For some color I love this citrus cardigan from Urban Outfitters. Try a pair of comfortable wedges for shoes and accessorize with a simple gold pendant necklace.