A common dilemma our readers often face is how to show school spirit while still staying on trend. No Fashionista wants to get lost in the sea of thousands with another basic college T-shirt, right?
With basketball season right around the corner, we partnered up with one of our favorite bloggers, Taryn Multack of Miss Ladyfinger, to take the problem of fashionable school spirit into our own hands, literally. Taryn, whose site takes runway looks and interprets them into nail art, showed Amy how to transform her Indiana University pride (Go Hoosiers!) into a chic, creative and noteworthy nail art look. Not to be outshined, Taryn interpreted her own alma mater, Syracuse University, into an equally chic nail art design.
Have a creative way you show school spirit? We want to see! From now until December 13, we will be collecting submissions and showcasing our readers as they show their school spirit in a fun, unique and fashionable way. The entries will be uploaded to CollegeFashionista’s Pinterest page. The individual who gets the most repins by the end of the contest will win a one-on-one Google+ Hangout with Miss Ladyfinger herself, Taryn Multack, and StyleCaster’s Laurel Pinson. How amazing is that?! For more information on how to enter, click here.
To spark your creativity, we sat down with Miss Ladyfinger’s, Taryn Multack, and CollegeFashionista’s, Amy Levin, as they discussed nail art, their own college style and more!
CollegeFashionista: Nail art can often seem overwhelming to those who are inexperienced with it. How can a first-timer experiment with nail art?
Taryn Multack: Don’t be afraid to make a mess! Some of the best nail art happens organically, so loosen up and color outside the lines (you can always clean up afterwards). Sponges are fun, fool-proof way to experiment. It’s like tie-dying T-shirts—no two looks turn out the same.
CollegeFashionista: What are some nail art ideas for showing school spirit?
TM: For simple (non-committal) nail art, start with a full manicure in one of your school colors and then paint along your tips in the other color. Or start with a white base and switch off your school colors for a French tip. Get more advanced by creating patterns using nail stripers or dotter tools. Start with black or white for base and layering your school colors on top.
CollegeFashionista: How do you show school spirit outside of nail art?
TM: I’ve been really into temporary tattoos recently. I wish they were more available when I was in college, because I would have totally rocked Otto the Orange all over. And I always have fun with colored hair extensions. How could you not?
Amy Levin: There are so many fashion forward ways to show school spirit. I always loved wearing flannel shirts to basketball games that had my school colors in the pattern. Or friendship bracelets stacked with your school colors is always cool.
CollegeFashionista: How does your college inspire your style?
AL: Bloomington, Indiana is the most charming town filled with students from all over the world. I was constantly inspired by my peers, the landscape of the college and the heavy influence of art in the town as well. I got really into vintage clothing in Bloomington and still adore vintage shopping and accenting my basic uniform (leather pants/T-shirt) with an awesome vintage add on.
CollegeFashionista: How has your style changed since you were in college?
TM: In college, my main focus was comfort and warmth. Trekking through three feet of snow and sitting in four hour studio classes will do that to you. I lived in cozy sweaters, layers and leggings. Now that I’m a fashion entrepreneur in New York City, first impressions are key. I am networking all the time and constantly meeting new people, so I never leave my apartment unless I look and feel perfectly polished.
AL: I am way more of a minimalist now. In college I was always evolving and playing dress up in sense. One year is was the grunge dirty look and the next year it was feminine chic. Now I am in a less is more stage where I love quality items and wear them day in and day out. A good white T-shirt could not make me happier!
CollegeFashionista: Why did you choose to attend your university?
TM: I am super indecisive, so I actually applied to 12 different schools all over the country. Ultimately I knew I wanted to major in Fashion Design which helped me narrow it down. Syracuse University has one of the top programs in the country. Plus, a couple of my family members were SU Alumni, so they were definitely rooting for it.
AL: My sister [CollegeFashionista Editorial Director, Melissa Levin] was at school there and I couldn’t stand the thought of being too far away from her! And it has the perfect mix of academia and social life that I wanted in a college.