It's that time of year where the first hint of definite change is in the air. Be it that crisp gust of apple-cinnamon scented wind or the fiery red and orange trees lining the streets in the student village, fall is in full swing here at Queen's. Campus fashion is no exception to this seasonal shift, with students bundling up for both warmth and style. I spotted this week's Fashionista in what first appeared to be a sweater, then on second glance perhaps a poncho, but no: 'twas the coziest wrap-around scarf, draped around an outfit comprised of more autumn favourites like jewel-tones, boots and a trendy ballerina bun. All in all, this Fashionista’s look mirrors the naughty and nice attitude of the season as a whole, and she looks good doing it.
Name: Alyssa LeClair
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Alyssa LeClair: So this oversized scarf is from Ardene, the blue shirt with the studs is Forever 21 and the tights are Lululemon. These boots are from my grandma’s closet, I think? Old boots, yeah.
CF: Describe your style in three words.
AL: Comfort, comfort and comfort? I don’t know, comfort, earrings and nail polish. Nail polish is two words but YOLO! (laughs)
CF: You’re stranded on a desert island. What outfit do you bring with you?
AL: Okay, my first thought is probably tights, a tank top underneath and then a hoodie so you could use it for warmth and shelter. And then my boat shoes because they’re versatile.
CF: What is the one thing you cannot live without in your closet?
AL: Black tights. I wear tights probably with everything. My Lulu Lemon tights are my life; I literally almost always wear them. I’m usually wearing a loose shirt and my theory is always balance loose and tight.
CF: What is your style do and your style don’t?
AL: Style do is the tight/loose rule: top loose, bottom tight; top tight, bottom loose. Don’t dress against your body. You have to dress for what your body allows you to look good in. It’s a really big thing, especially at university. People see a trend that they think is cool, and think they can pull off, but can’t because they’re not dressing for their body type. There has to be an alternative similar to that trend. You can work it, but you have to find the right variation for your shape.
How To: To achieve this Fashionista’s look, simply look around at the inspiration of the season. Deep sapphire and emerald jewel tones are a must this time of year. Take a collared blouse in a rich hue, preferably with a nifty accent like studs or buttons. Pair with good quality black leggings and some vintage-inspired combat boots. Top it off with a giant scarf in a funky print and cozy texture, enough to wrap around you snugly. Complete with a sock bun, and you have a look that’s versatile, hip and functional for fall.