It truly feels great to be back this semester writing once again for CollegeFashionista. My name is Natalie Plackowski and I am a third year marketing student at San Diego State University, but I am originally from San Francisco. Aside from fashion I have caught a case of wanderlust, and all the desires of traveling that go with it. Lucky for me, this semester I get to report to you all from abroad in the United Kingdom. More specifically Leeds, England…a great student city where I will be sure to find many Fashionistas/os and share their style. Apart from having traveled to a new country each weekend since being abroad, I also enjoy shopping because which Fashionista/o doesn’t, socializing with friends, or working out.
My jump into the fashion world originally began back as a senior in high school when I became a fashion ambassador for Nordstrom. I have always loved clothes throughout high school but I never truly appreciated the idea of styling an outfit until I started to understand what fashion meant. From that moment on, I have gone from a high schooler visiting Nordstrom once a month for the program to working as a part time employee during my breaks from University. Nordstrom helped me learn how big my love for the fashion industry truly is, and this has helped me realize that this is the industry I belong in once I graduate.
With my love of fashion I have started adding fashion blogger after fashion blogger on Instagram, Twitter, and even Snapchat. I also own multiple books ranging from the perfect coffee table conversation to a weekly read. From the history of Coco Chanel to the more recent fashion entrepreneurs like Lauren Conrad. All of which have helped to inspire my style, but, having been in the UK I have started to love the minimalist style consisting of oversized sweaters, neutral colors, a range in boots, and hooded fur winter coats.
My look pictured above does just that—it is a reflection of my time in the UK, being around international students, and the different looks I have been inspired by. This particular sweater from Zara, is comfy and oversized which has been perfect for the cold days in England. The colors are neutral and don’t stand out to much, and the cut of the sweater speaks minimalist yet professional. I have also become obsessed with high-waisted jeans, and recently discovered that they don’t just lengthen your legs but work with any outfit you may want to create. Finally, the black booties are a new love of mine because I find that they always complete any look.
Sweaters, booties, and denim are always a staple item to have, and with inspiration can lead to a variety of outfits. I truly am excited for this semester to share with you the style of the UK!