Style Advice of the Week

Although I’m originally from Southern California where there is a widespread interest in fashion, I now live in a region of the country where rain and low temperatures dictate apparel more than the runways do. While I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest, when everyone is bundling up in parkas and lug-soled boots to brave classes in the snow, I have to get creative when looking for style inspiration. I constantly turn to sartorial fashion blogs as my holy grail for new ideas and looks. This week I had the pleasure of photographing a Fashionista after my own heart. She is perhaps just as much a fan of street style as I am, as well as a reader of CollegeFashionista!

I loved this Fashionsista’s fun and colorful but still laid-back outfit. She told me that her outfit was inspired by the street style fashion she had personally seen while studying in Copenhagen. A thick and warm cable knit sweater in a bright color with a contrasting scarf is a fun and resourceful way to combat the dismal weather. I adore this Sparkle & Fade sweater with interesting back detail. Scarves are aplenty this season from every retailer, but my current picks are this galactic infinity scarf and this Aztec print, both from ASOS. Her ankle booties were a nod to these highly covetable Isabel Marant dicker boots. Fortunately, there are many similar styles out there for those of us on a budget, like these Ecote ankle boots, and these from Sam Edelman. I also loved her bowler hat, which was cute and very functional on an extremely windy day. I found a similar option here by Silence & Noise.

Street style websites are one of the most innovative blends of technology and fashion, and are my biggest sources of inspiration. It’s the perfect environment to see high blended with low, and last season mixed with this season. I drool over high fashion constantly, but street style is so attainable and realistic. This week’s Fashionista and I bonded over our shared love of sartorial fashion blogs. Our fashionable undergrad noted that style blogs are a great way of breathing new life into her own wardrobe which is great because on a student’s budget, there isn’t a lot of wiggle room for new clothes. I’m happy to know that there are other fashion lovers out there who utilize the growing culture of sartorial street style, and I’m also thrilled that as a Style Guru, I can help students like me find more inspiration!


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