It's amazing how all of a sudden the sun hides earlier, the mornings start to be fresher and I can almost smell and taste the autumn. After a summer full of neon, pastels and floral burst, we can finally start thinking about taking out our tights and wish for a darker palette of color to wear. Here in the Rio Grande Valley, Fashionistas and Fashionistos need to be creative in order to dress in fall trends. Some days can be very cold, but others can be so hot that people might think it is still summer. I was on my way to an office on campus when this Fashionista passed next to me and it was official — fall is coming fast!
Name: Ellen Major
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Ellen Major: Everything is second hand except the socks and I don’t know what brands they are!
CF: How would you describe your personal style?
EM: I would say dumpster chic. I usually wear comfortable things, pretty basic clothes. I like the comfort and keeping it cool. I just like to feel great about myself and don’t think about it too much.
CF: How have you managed to wear layers in this kind of weather?
EM: I am from New Hampshire so I haven’t broken the habit of layering. What I usually do is if the day starts cold, I would wear a comfy sweater but underneath a loose shirt so I can take the sweater off at any time.
CF: What is your inspiration?
EM: I don’t usually look for trends. I will say that my inspiration is my friends.
How To: To recreate the “dumpster chic” look, first you have to show that you don’t care, but at the same time care enough to know which simple T-shirt you will wear with the right kind of necklace! Know what I mean? Start with these gray H&M socks and pair them with a black, fitted mini skirt. Add a little edge with this Zara T-shirt, which I love. Don’t forget the accessories! Wear a simple necklace like this stone pendant from Nasty Gal and oversized Tory Burch sunglasses that are very Mary-Kate looking. Finally, try these Keds Champion metallic laceless shoes from their fall collection. Can’t wait to rock the “dumpster chic” look myself this fall!