March 21st, 2016 at 2:00am

There are many benefits to studying at an international university. You get to meet new friends from around the world, have a chance to pick up a new language or two and besides that, being submerged in so many cultures can’t be half bad. But besides these benefits, there’s one that I enjoy the most, and that is the exposure to plethora of alternative styling techniques and clothing brands from around the world.

After studying at IDC for the past few years, I’ve sort of picked up on which common popular brands girls wear, no matter their place of origin. Some examples of these brands include Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Nike for clothing, while Ray-Bans seem to dominate the sunglass market. While those are just some of the standard go-to brands that come together to create the base of many outfits, girls at IDC tend to supplement these pieces with either infamous high end designers or obscure local labels. This post was inspired by the fashionable girls of IDC, who can wear unique or basic clothing of all different price points from all over the world and still make it look like a million bucks!

This Fashionista is a shining example of how to mix common, local and high end labels into an outfit that is unique to her and only her. At the base of her outfit we see the common brands, starting with a plain white Hollister T-shirt, sheer dotted tights and sequin socks. Next she adds a layer of local label finds such as her laser cut-out mini skirt and backpack. The finishing touches are in her stunning silver shoes, green polarized sunglasses and her sold out Moschino’s Looney Tunes iPhone 6 case. All together, her look is unique and cannot be identically duplicated because she bought every pieces at a different location!

This concept in its entirety is how I like to style myself. You will never catch me sporting just one brand, but rather a combination of alternative brands from different ends of the spectrum, that I most likely scooped up from a thrift store.

Captured: This Fashionista was spotted at the IDC Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya campus.