January 19th, 2017 at 2:00am

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
-Coco Chanel

My name is Hannah Rapp, and I am a sophomore at the University of Arizona. I am pursuing a marketing degree and a minor in fashion. When I was in middle school, I was given an assignment to write about someone that inspired me. My mom told me to research Coco Chanel, as I had no idea who to write about. After reading about her life and the way she empowered women through her definition of style and class, I fell in love with fashion and what it meant. Since then I have been hooked!

I have learned that fashion is much more than clothes, shoes and accessories. Fashion comes from all different cultures, design, photography, art, literature and even technology. The true side of fashion isn’t simply found in ads or trends, but in the way that clothes make men and women feel, and the power that it possesses. The way you feel when a dress surprises you and when the shoe fits, that is what makes fashion inspiring to me.

When you look at your closet, what does it say? Does it say I’m girly, edgy, classic? To me, your closet should never be just one particular style, but an ever-changing expression of who you are. My personal style has gone from girly, to edgy, to vintage, and everything in between. When it comes to style, it should truly grow with you. Since being in college, my confidence has grown with the opportunities I have worked hard for. I am beyond lucky to say that I have studied abroad in Paris and London, been involved on campus, maintained a campus job, but am even more excited for the opportunities to be writing for CollegeFashionista for the first time. Traveling and art have been my biggest inspirations for my style, and have opened my mind to what fashion is truly about. I know CollegeFashionista will not only empower, but challenge me to create and learn just a stitch of what makes up the collection of the fashion industry.

For this look, I was feeling both girly and edgy and I tried to incorporate both sides.  I paired leather leggings (DSW) with suede booties (thrift shop) that are comfortable enough to strut all over campus in!  On the top, I paired an off-the-shoulder white sweater with a gorgeous lavender bralette (Victoria’s Secret) and layered beaded choker (Urban Outfitters). To finish the look, I added my staple leather jacket (Lulu’s) that every person needs in their closet. This look was fun to create, and discovering spots on campus to photograph was an adventure that I can’t wait to have more of while writing for CollegeFashionista!

If you love this look or want to reach out, follow me on my social media. I can’t wait to meet you!