Even if you don’t keep up with too many fashion blogs (though you’re on the right track if you’re reading CollegeFashionista), you’re probably still aware that printed denim is having a moment. It’s a moment filled with some pretty crazy patterns — from bold Aztec designs to hearts and stars — and apparently, lightning bolts. But I didn’t stop this Fashionista to snap a photo solely because of her pants. Actually, I was more focused on her peach blouse and military green parka. Her choice to complement a pair of psychedelic jeans with a pastel button-up and a totally casual jacket made it clear that she’s got a smart sense of style. While many girls would shy away from color in order to keep focus on the print, it’s actually better to sport soft, pretty hues on top to create balance. With the addition of sleek, tied-up combat boots, this Fashionista’s look is grunge meets punk, but it’s also really light and playful.
Name: Isharna Walsh
Year: Just Graduated
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?
Isharna Walsh: It’s mixed!
CF: What’s your fashion staple?
CF: What’s your dream career?
IW: Definitely not a lawyer!
CF: What style advice do you have for college students?
IW: I’ve only been to one Uni in Austin, Texas, and all the sorority girls wore was really ugly shorts and sneakers — I hope I don’t sound mean, but don’t wear that!
CF: Do you have any favorite designers?
IW: No, I don’t have any specifics!
CF: Where do you like to shop?
IW: There are actually a lot of cool places in the Lower East Side.
CF: What are your favorite blogs or magazines?
IW: I don’t read many magazines, but I look at a lot of fashion blogs. My favorite is probably The Sartorialist.
How To: To get Isharna’s look, pick up the Tripp jeans she’s wearing on MetroPark (luckily, they’re on sale!). If you’re really into animal print, shop Current Elliott and if you’re big on floral, check out AG Adriano Goldschmied; but if you’re more of a minimalist, these polka dot skinnies from Paige are really cute too. You can find similar tops from ModCloth and Topshop, and if you don’t mind a good splurge, T by Alexander Wang. If you think a subdued tangerine might not look so great with your skin tone, you can never go wrong with chambray. Complete with khaki from Dorothy Perkins (that’s reasonably priced!) and Steve Madden lace-ups, and you’ve got an ensemble that’s unique and sure to make you look like a total print master.