STYLE GURU BIO: Claire Rifkin

Style Guru Bio

If there are two things I love in fashion they’re leather and layering. My name is Claire Rifkin and this is my second semester writing for CollegeFashionista. Surprisingly, writing about what other people were wearing helped me further develop my own sense of style (A.K.A leather and layering). My first semester writing for CollegeFashionista was this past summer. In my STYLE GURU BIO I wrote about how I wore a lot of greens and purples. My style was much more preppy then and I hadn’t strayed too far from J.Crew. Today, I am obsessed with adding an edge to everything. When I started making a conscious effort to observe what people were wearing, I realized that reinventing your style could really make you stand out. With that in mind I started to look for more unique pieces on shopping trips. I traded Ralph Lauren sweaters for rag & bone biker jackets and never looked back.

I attend the University of Arizona and if you have ever been to our great state, you might know that the weather is about as inconsistent as Miley Cyrus’ outfit changes. Not knowing if it will be sunny and cold or sunny and hot encourages layering (which by now you know I’m a big proponent of)! One of my favorite pieces to layer with is my black-leather Trouvé jacket. I not only love it because it embraces the fashion I am into right now, but it is also really versatile.

Leather is usually on the more expensive side, so I recommend buying a leather piece you can wear for more than one season. I bought my Trouvé jacket this past September and wore it with graphic tees and embellished tanks all throughout fall. When winter came I was worried that I might not get as much use from it. However, one day I layered a fun sweatshirt under my jacket along with a vest on top and the combination looked cool and kept me warm! Since discovering this combination I have gotten creative and tried the look in several different ways. In my featured photo I layered a pink Zara top with my jacket and a Wilfred vest over both. On bottom I chose a pair of simple black skinny jeans to balance out the different textures and colors up top. This look is really easy and is perfect for both changing weather patterns and getting more use out of a great jacket.

Aside from my recent change of style, I am looking forward to seeing what new street style trends will become big this spring. I’m writing LETS HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS and I am especially excited to see how the boys of the University of Arizona rock their ensembles. My university is home to over 20,000 male students, so I am hoping that I will have plenty trend-wearing fellows to write about.


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