It is fitting that my last article (ever!) for CollegeFashionista features a Moore fashion design student whose style and views on fashion make her a unique and refreshing voice in an ever present conversation. This article is an ending for me and this Fashionista brings forward the question of endings within fashion. Fashion is filled with births and deaths of trends, talent and ideas. This Fashionista’s style brings forward a focus on sustainability and quality, the first of which has become a popular trend within the fashion community. The second of which is one of the largest battles in the American fashion industry. As we know trends die, but (life)style is everlasting.
This Fashionista’s look is comprised of thrift store finds, natural influences and clothes that were purchased with their closet compatibility in mind. Not only is she choosing to wear clothes that have already had a life, she is purchasing pieces that will last long enough to have a second life when she chooses to discard them. She reminds us that sustainability is directly related to our awareness when purchasing new clothes as well as old. Rather than shopping at mass retailers she chooses her purchases more wisely in favor of pieces that will last. Get inspired by this Fashionista’s style which is comprised of pieces you probably already own. I love that her jacket is slightly oversized and she styles it by rolling her sleeves. Her leggings keep her comfortable and the socks peeking out from her boots add another texture to her look. Dr. Martens are easily the shoe of choice for Moore students and I like that this Fashionista chooses a boot style perfectly worn with a floral lining as a fun pop. Her leather and cord bracelets give a nod to the layered bracelet trend, making it her own. Her scarf can be worn in multiple ways giving her wardrobe new dimension, personally I love it as a hood. It also gives nod to her Mexican heritage and the textile is woven with a beautiful but subtle design.
If I was reconstructing this Fashionista’s look I would opt for a canvas army green jacket like this durable style from the army navy store. For leggings I’d opt for this slouched style from Burton Snowboards. Not only is Burton based in Vermont, but I can also vouch for the quality of its products. For a scarf I’d go straight to Melissa D’Agostino, a Moore alum who makes beautiful hand dyed pieces right in Philadelphia.
Although I’m sad to leave one of the best experiences of my college career I am excited for the new things that I lay ahead, but like this Fashionista I hope to fill my life with quality things and recycle the best parts of the past. I hope you do the same.