There comes a point in a fortunate Fashionista’s college career when she gets the wonderful opportunity to go abroad. Be it a semester, summer or just one awesome spring break, touching those well-soled feet down on international soil is an enriching experience in more ways than one. While learning about new cultures and seeing astonishing old sites is an amazing way to expand your outlook on life, some of the most obvious effects time spent overseas can have on a Fashionista is evidenced by her wardrobe. When I spotted this Fashionista, I could just tell that she kept enough of her Americana style (case in point, her tattered denim cut-offs) but also added typical Italian embellishments like unique sunglasses, a bevy of bracelets and lace-up leather flats. If there’s anything to be learned by Arianna’s style it’s that using your wardrobe as a way of remembering your travels is highly effective.
Name: Arianna Ross
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?
Arianna Ross: Although my style is constantly changing, I stay true to pairing a few basic bottoms with simple tops. I typically combine the neutral colors with some statement jewelry to create a slightly indie, but classic vibe.
CF: What influence has studying abroad had on your look?
AR: Each country has a unique take on style, and with each visit I am inspired to add a new twist to my wardrobe. Constantly surrounded by the lively and charismatic Italians in Rome, I have definitely incorporated more color into my clothing.
CF: What are some things you're looking forward to wearing this summer?
AR: For me, a good pair of strappy sandals, shorts and an oversized T-shirt define summer. I am most excited to wear all of the clothing I have acquired abroad — especially my newest vintage high-waist shorts from Paris!
How To: Start with what’s familiar, like these cut-offs over a pair of leggings. Then, go for this sheer short sleeve blouse. It might look unassuming but order one size up and tie it in the front for a fresh take on a basic style. Add a pair of lace-up flats like these then opt for a great fringed bag like this one. Also, you’ll need a pair of dark, round sunglasses like these to disappear amongst the locals. After, add bracelets from your travels. Pick one up in each location as a way to remember that trip forever. Or, go faux with believable bangles like this, this and this. Keep it cool with your back home hairstyle and then try to take in some culture in whatever country you may find yourself in.