We so often think of reds, oranges, browns and gold as being the colors of fall, but many times a bright pop of jewel tones makes an outfit far more dynamic against the warm autumn palette. This Notre Dame Fashionista stood out against the falling leaves with her eye-catching combination of crisp white and cool blue. Especially at a school where blue and gold reign supreme, this ensemble bursts with spirit and makes a confident statement for a fashionable day.
Name: Antoinette Pusateri
Year in School: Junior
Major: Biology and Theology
College Fashionista: What are you wearing?
Antoinette Pusateri: Today I am wearing gold flats from Forever 21; aquarium blue Editor ankle pants from Express; a Jones of New York fitted shirt from Macy's; a blue real silk scarf that I bought from a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia when I was there for a medical mission this summer; a gold chain belt from Macy's; gold hoop earrings from Macy's; and a blue headband from Lacoste.
CF: What was the inspiration for your outfit today?
AP: The inspiration behind this outfit today was three-fold. First, when I went home for fall break I realized that I had three items from three different places that perfectly matched, so I just had to wear them together! Secondly, the blue was such a bright and happy color, and perfectly complemented the vivid colors of fall around me. Finally, I work for the Notre Dame Football Program as a Student Office Worker and Recruiting Assistant, and today I have work. So I wanted to wear a classy outfit for work and wear blue and gold to support my Irish!
CF: Why is fashion important for finding and keeping a job? Do you make different style decisions when you're going to work?
AP: Your fashion is important for finding and keeping a job because the way you look doesn’t necessarily define, but definitely sets the tone, for others’ first impression of you, and moreover, for the company or organization for whom you work. And so I try to think about what fashion choices come closest to representing my personality when I get ready each day. And in my case, when I go to work in the football office, showing high school football players and their families around the University of Notre Dame, I realize that I am not just representing myself, but the football program and Notre Dame as a whole. Thus, I want to express the ideals of myself and of this University through my attire: professionalism, sophistication and school spirit!
CF: Can you give any advice to Notre Dame Fashionistas facing cold winter weather for the first time?
AP: I am originally from Columbus, Ohio, and so I have endured many cold, windy, and snowy Midwestern winters! My cold weather fashion advice to students who may not be used to the cold is this: layer it up! Layers are the perfect solution for the Fashionista in cold weather, for layers can be both stylish and practical. Oxford collared shirts under cozy sweaters with nice jeans, a warm scarf and perhaps a matching hat and gloves, all with a nice warm down coat… it's the perfect solution to be chic in the cold weather months!
How To: Pick a jewel tone to structure your outfit, and complement it with simple neutrals. This elegant Anthropologie dress and these Diane von Furstenburg pants are a quick way to lay the foundation for an outfit worthy of Kate Middleton herself. Work your color into accessories with accents like this glamorous Lanvin scarf or a sparkling clip, and complete your look with basic loafers and gold toned jewelry.