If you’ve been reading my column, you know how much I like to break the rules. From pairing navy and black to mixing prints to wearing white after Labor Day, there’s no fashion faux pas I won’t try! So, when I saw this Fashionista stepping out of class in Timberland boots and a floral maxi skirt, I had to stop her. Her laidback boho look is perfect for a winter school day. Comfortable, warm and stylish.
Name: Heather Hamacek
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your fashion style?
Heather Hamacek: I am inspired by vintage pieces a lot. I spend a lot of time in thrift shops and consignment shops. I really love anything that’s from the mid-century, ‘50s and ‘60s. But, I also like really romantic pieces—any long, flowy or see-through pieces. I think that they add a really romantic vibe. And, to juxtapose all of that, I really like men’s boots.
CF: What would you say is your favorite item in your closet right now?
HH: I just got this 1970s schoolgirl, secretarial dress that has a white Peter Pan collar and little white cuff detailing. It’s a gray plaid, and I think it’s definitely my favorite piece right now.
CF: What are your favorite places to shop in Boston?
HH: I like Second Time Around. I really like their fur coats. I don’t own any, but I really like to look at them. Free People is one of my favorite stores. I cannot go there that often because everything costs like a million dollars. And, I like wearing thigh-highs a lot, and I get those from H&M.
CF: What’s your least favorite trend?
HH: I don’t like when everybody looks the same. I really don’t like when people dress in leggings, The North Face jacket and UGGs. It annoys me, and I’m just like, “Get a personality.”
CF: What’s your best tip for students about staying fashionable on a college budget?
HH: Just don’t spend any money on a piece that isn’t something you look good in. Don’t spend any money on sweatpants or jeans that you’ll only wear at home. Buy everything that makes you feel good about yourself; you will always look good when you’re outside wearing it.
How To: For a look similar to this Fashionista’s, you’ll have to do some thrift shopping first. The key to this Fashionista’s boho style is in the layers. Start off with a floral maxi skirt or dress like this Mary Green Alicia Maxi Slip by Free People and cover up with a cardigan. This Fashionista opted for a solid cardigan, but don’t be afraid to mix colors and prints! Try this Colorblock Pointelle Cardigan or this Printed Panel Cardigan by Anthropologie. As far as shoes go, try either a pair of Timberland like this Fashionista or for a slightly more feminine look opt for a pair of Dr. Martens like these Triumph 1914. They’re still rugged, but have interior floral detailing. Top the whole look off with a great scarf. This Morning Jams Scarf from ModCloth is one of my favorites.