When I spotted this Fashionista in my Latin Dance class, I instantly thought of ice, snow and all the beautiful elements that make for a perfect winter wonderland. Her icy blue shift dress and swinging sweater are ideal for dancing, and her boots make the outfit wearable for a long day of classes. Although Notre Dame is still free from gloomy weather so far, this Fashionista’s ensemble evokes the brighter side of winter blues.
Name: Erin Scallen
Major: Marketing or Sociology with a Spanish minor
College Fashionista: What are you wearing?
Erin Scallen: I am wearing a turquoise dress from Forever 21, black DKNY tights and lace-up boots that I got from a girl's store where I worked over the summers in high school. I also threw on a gray sweater I stole from my sister's closet.
CF: What was the inspiration for your outfit today?
ES: Honestly today I was inspired by the beautiful weather… the end of November and I didn't even have to wear a coat! I love dresses so I seized the opportunity and paired it with a sweater, boots and tights so it wouldn't come off as too summery.
CF: Who are your fashion icons?
ES: My fashion icons vary as I often pick different outfits based on whatever I feel like on that day. However, because I love mixing classic and edgy pieces, I would say I am most inspired by Selena Gomez though I also admire the classic and effortless style of Audrey Hepburn.
CF: What’s your favorite aspect of holiday fashion?
ES: My favorite aspect of holiday fashion would probably be all the fun and festive warm and fuzzy items. Lately I've been seeing lots of pastels in pinks, whites and blues (like the dress I'm wearing) and I love the soft warmth and sparkle of everything out there!
CF: Can you sum up your fashion philosophy in one word?
ES: In a word: sparkles. My roommate can attest to the fact that about three fourths of my closet is either pink or sparkly. I love sparkles because wearing bright and fun clothes helps me feel just has happy as how the clothes look.
CF: What are your winter wardrobe essentials?
ES: Like many girls on campus, I can't live without my black lululemon leggings and my brown leather Frye boots, but I also love throwing on a bandana as a headband when I'm late to class or on those classic Sunday “bad hair days.”
How To: Start with a bright cool color like ice blue, mint, or lavender and transition it to winter by pairing it with neutral tones. Free People offers several blue beauties like this lace shift and this detailed fit-and-flare dress. Pair this with a basic long cardigan like this one from Michael Kors, or find one like this from Urban Outfitters with a detailed back. Complete your look with solid black tights and mid-calf boots. For a rocker edge like Erin has on her dress, choose boots with studded details like this pair at Anthropologie and add detailed socks over your tights. The resulting combination of feminine and edgy details make a bright statement in the cool winter months.