My name is Deanna Rappoccio, and I am currently a Junior at University at Albany. My major is Mathematics and I have minors in Business and Psychology. My hobbies include dancing, singing and reading. I’ve always been interested in fashion, which probably came from my older sister and her friends dressing me up when I was little.
I wouldn’t define myself as one specific style, simply because I think that each day holds new options for fashion. When I shop, I look for something that is comfortable yet bold. I am often running from class to work, then to the library and later to dance practice, so there is no time to be worried about my shirt being wrinkled or my pants becoming uncomfortable. I find myself picking pieces from many different stereotypical styles and making a mix, such as pairing my Columbia vest with a detailed pashmina and leather boots.
I live in upstate New York, and the cold weather is by far my least favorite thing. Thankfully, I have found ways to be warm and still look cute. Knit sweaters are a must, and my closet is full of them, with brands ranging from Roxy to Ann Taylor Loft (I even have a hand-knitted one!). Leather boots are always versatile and warm. My personal favorites are my Franco Sarto brown leather boots, but I dream about owning many pairs of Frye boots. Finally, great outerwear is a must. I always pick coats that pair warmth with sass, and since coats are so expensive and most of us don’t have a closet full of them, I love switching up my mittens, hats and scarves to add flare to what seems like repetitive outerwear.
My wallet doesn’t always have the ability to provide for my taste, but it doesn’t hurt to dream. I love Michael Kors and Badgley Mischka, and someday my closet will have a little more than what it does now. For now, I am very content looking through magazines and creating a look for far less of an investment.
This semester I am thrilled to be contributing to the FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT column. I always find myself complimenting people I encounter with great styles on campus. I am so excited to finally have a reason to approach the students at UAlbany and chat with them about their personal style choices.