As much as I love spring, I detest the rain. It’s the type of weather that makes getting dressed a chore, and I’m always at a loss as to what to wear.  The idea of putting together an ensemble that is true to my style, comfortable and won’t get me drenched seems as impossible as wearing sweatpants to the Oscars—it just won’t happen. However, if there’s anything to help combat against these spring showers, it’s the trench coat, as this Fashionisto demonstrates.

The trench coat has become synonymous with classic style and preppiness—and Burberry of course. I love how he anchors such a timeless piece with colored denim on the bottom and a crewneck sweater layered over a plaid button down on top. The trench coat, along with the leather bag and shoes, keeps the ensemble from becoming a St. Patrick’s Day uniform and makes it appropriate for the daily 9 to 5 of a college student. The finishing touch is to pop that collar and you’ll look like you’re ready to conquer anything.

Name: Justin Soto

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How has your style evolved overtime?

Justin Soto: I won best dressed in high school (not to brag), but since junior year, I have enjoyed taking the time to create looks that I really enjoy. Now, I wear clothing that’s somewhat more mature and professional, like button-down shirts and dress shoes, but they can also be worn casually.

CF: As a broadcast journalism major, how does fashion play a role in what you’d hope to be your future career?

JS: As a broadcast journalism major, I watch my favorite networks such as CNN or the local news to see how the male anchors and reporters mix and match their suits and button-down shirts. In my field, we usually need to look professional, except if we are covering a light feature story or something fun where we would need to dress for a different occasion. I like the professional look that helps reporters represent their news station appropriately but allows them to share their personal style as well.

CF: How do you view the state of menswear fashion today?

JS: I wish menswear was more popular in the fashion industry in comparison to women’s, but I think designers will continue to showcase a few special outfits on the runway and also in editorial. I think it’s becoming progressively more European and trendier, especially with shorter shorts and brighter colors. 

CF: Name five basics every man should have in his closet.

JS: Every man should have a versatile, black peacoat for any season (especially for the crazy Boston weather), a bright scarf, a pair of shoes to dress down or up in, a fun hoodie or crewneck sweater for more casual days and lastly a leather belt (I have one that is reversible with brown and black and it’s perfect for any outfit).

How To: Known for its timelessness and versatility, working with a trench coat as simple. Choose your neutral, either a khaki version or a navy one, and don’t be shy to pair it with some colored denim. There’s a lot of freedom as to what to wear on top. From a basic T-shirt to a plaid button-down, the options are endless. Finally, slip on a pair of classic brogues and grab a leather satchel, and you’re surely to become the new campaign model for Burberry.


There are many uniforms in the world, but the one I gravitate to constantly is a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Call me basic, but the simplicity and versatility of this uniform are just one of the many reasons why it’s a favorite of mine. It’s practically become my second skin and for that, I’ve become an offender for outfit repeating, seeing how I can wear it for days on end. The key to mastering it, however, is to have your style shine vicariously through your accessories, similar to what this Fashionista did.

During finals week, the last thing on most people’s minds is what to wear. However, this Fashionista’s take on the timeless pairing of a white tee and dark-wash jeans is a refreshing and acceptable substitute to leggings and hoodies. Worn with black booties, a camo clutch and a statement necklace as bold as one of Dannijo’s creations, the ensemble is instantly dressed up and anything but “normcore.” When in doubt, a white T-shirt and some denim will save you the time and effort of putting an outfit together and as the school year ends, time becomes a precious commodity.

Name: Susanna Yudkin

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Relations and Sociology minor

CollegeFashionista: As a public relations major, how does fashion play a role?

Susanna Yudkin: Part of public relations is presenting yourself in a way that makes a statement while being approachable. This is definitely true for fashion. PR people know that impressions are everything, and it’s important to portray yourself in a way that speaks well to who you are and what you represent.

CF: Would you work in the fashion industry if the opportunity presented itself?

SY: I would love to work in the fashion industry; not as a designer or stylist necessarily, but as someone who works behind the scenes. Fashion itself is a way of public relations, and to plan fashion shows or publicize designers would be an incredible way to join those two worlds.

CF: How do you see your sense of style evolving in the future?

SY: Recently, I’ve been into simple clothing rather than the more outlandish things. Also, I’ve been going to a lot of job interviews so I’ve had to start developing my professional style. It’s hard! I want to look classy but keep my personality in my clothing. But when I get home from work, I’m all the more excited to put on my more grungy clothes, so I’m expecting a lot more contrast in my daytime to nighttime looks.

CF: Name five basics every girl should have in her closet.

SY: The perfect jeans that won’t stretch out throughout the day, buttery leather jacket, ankle boots, the perfect sunglasses and lots of jewelry.

How To: Breaking down this outfit to recreate it is certainly simpler than studying for that dreaded final. As I’m sure there are white T-shirts, pairs of dark-wash jeans and pairs of black booties already present in your closet, the fun is to be had in choosing your accessories. With a statement necklace and patterned clutch, this ensemble can go from studying all day to a much-needed dinner with friends.


Crop tops may be all the rage these days, but have you tried a cropped sweater? It seems contradictory to bring up sweaters when May is right around the corner, but let’s be honest: Mother Nature has been merciless. If anything, cropped sweaters have proved themselves to be an essential piece. Comfortable, simple and an excellent layering piece, cropped sweaters are perfect to survive those spring showers and windy days. As spring gradually leaves us, all I’m saying is to show some love to your cropped sweaters while you still can before we end up in a heat wave, just like this Fashionista did.

This Fashionista’s outfit is the epitome of a comfortable, yet stylish ensemble for the pesky spring-to-summer period we are currently in. Paired with a velvet floral skirt and combat boots, the gray, cropped sweater offsets the black color and texture of the skirt. The outfit is “springy” but keeps things interesting with its textures and dark tones. This Fashionista keeps her accessories simple with delicate jewelry and gray ankle socks, making this casual ensemble perfect for class, grabbing lunch with a friend or running errands. The versatility of a cropped sweater holds no bounds; what better reason to grab them while you still can?

Name: Sarah Fisher

Year: Sophomore

Major: Photojournalism and Advertising

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?

Sarah Fisher: It’s a mix because my mom worked as fashion buyer, so I’ve been exposed to fashion since I was really young. I think I’ve been through every phase possible—from emo to preppy to sporty to everything in between. I’ve come to a point where I just wear what I like. I like to change it up depending on my mood, and I like to try new combinations. I also wear a lot of black.

CF: Have you done any fashion photography?

SF: Yes! I’ve always been drawn to editorial photography—I started playing around with artistic photography with quasi-fashion shoots of my sister in our backyard. I currently shoot for BU’s fashion magazine Off the Cuff and often collaborate with the artist Max Davis.

CF: How do you view fashion?

SF: Fashion is one of the best forms of self-expression. Although my sleep deprivation usually takes over my fashion choices (a.k.a. leggings and flannels are my best friends), fashion is the best way to show others who you are as soon as you walk into a room.

CF: Does fashion influence you in any way as a photographer?

SF: I think so. I tend to look at most things around me as a possible photograph, so I’m always drawn to interesting, quirky or different fashion choices; even those that I necessarily wouldn’t wear myself.

How To: Replicating this outfit is as simple as wasting your whole paycheck at Brandy Melville—it doesn’t take much work. Make a gray, cropped sweater or a striped one (if you’re in the mood to mix patterns) the base of your outfit. Then pair it with a velvet floral skirt, which can be a pleated mini version or one that’s a pencil skirt. Finish it off with a pair of combat boots, and you’ll realize that once you go cropped, your outfit can’t be topped.


I’ve never been one to wear white. As a klutz, the sophisticated shade and I just don’t meet eye to eye. Most of the precious whites I’ve owned in the past have become canvases of stains ranging from Sharpies to tomato sauce. So naturally, I was impressed by this Fashionista’s boldness in rocking this white wool coat because it proved to me that wearing white shouldn’t have to be such a phobia.

The juxtaposition between the wool coat and the black edgy accessories creates a refreshing minimalist ensemble that makes this Fashionista look modern yet classic. The coat’s classic silhouette paired with the relaxed fit of the boyfriend jeans allows the Fashionista to dress down the coat. Overall, the casual ensemble shows enough skin for the rising temperatures but covers up just enough for the unpredictable and windy weather. If this coat can survive season after season unscathed, then maybe wearing white isn’t as difficult as I’ve made it out to be.

Name: Rachel Park

Year: Sophomore

Major: Film and Television 

CollegeFashionista: As a film major, does fashion have any impact on your work? 

Rachel Park: Absolutely. Film is a visual medium, and that means that the aesthetic sense is incredibly important when creating that world in front of the lens. I was always captivated by costume- and beauty-centric imagery in film—my favorite films all have visually arresting moments ingrained in my mind that resonate with me emotionally. I think that’s pretty powerful.

CF: Do you follow trends or prefer to do your own thing?

RP: It’s almost unavoidable to follow a trend! With that being said, I’m not a super trendy person in the sense that you won’t see me trying every new, outrageous piece of clothing or accessory. However, my personal style does lend itself to whatever is popular in the fashion zeitgeist. The ‘90s have been having a moment. I thought I could pull off the grunge look, partly as homage to my roots in Seattle, but it’s just not me. I instead find myself Googling Calvin Klein ads from those years which are modern, clean and sophisticated.

CF: What is your most coveted item in your closet?

RP: Right now, it’s this wool coat that used to belong to my mother. I also have this knee-length leopard coat with faux leather detailing that I’m obsessed with, but it’s a little out there, so I have trouble convincing myself to wear it.

CF: How do you see your sense of style evolving in the future?

RP: One day, I’d really like to get the whole “signature” look down pat. Carine Roitfeld is always effortlessly put together. Her look is feminine and flattering to her body, but the clothes themselves are trend focused and “of-the-season” without being ostentatious; it just works. I love when you can’t put an age to an ensemble. If someone could use the word “chic” in describing me, that’s when I’ll know I’ve made it.

How To: Paired with florals or pastels, white jackets were meant to be worn during spring. Like most items in your closet, there’s an overwhelming, diverse array of shapes and styles to choose from. Feeling edgy? Then go for this biker jacket or a lightweight bomber jacket. Feeling bohemian? Then try this denim jacket with cutout details. Finally, if you’re feeling Parisian, try a classic blazer that embodies effortlessness and elegance—trust me, you won’t regret it.


I’ve always been confused by the concept of rompers. How does one maneuver in them? How does one not pass for a toddler? And most importantly, how does one go to the bathroom? Needless to say, I don’t wear rompers because I’ve been harassed by such thoughts. However, after seeing this Fashionista, I began to have second thoughts on the one item I’d banned from my closet.

Transitioning from winter to spring has become tumultuous, but this Fashionista is equipped with layering techniques that maker her romper versatile. Fashion is about creativity, and this Fashionista holds no bounds by knotting a white cardigan over her romper and sporting white tights with gray knee-high socks on top. I never thought I’d see the day when white tights could be paired with brown leather riding boots, but it has arrived. Topped with a floral scarf, this ensemble is surprisingly effortless and comfortable. Did I mention her romper had pockets? I’m completely sold.

Name: Martine Subey

Major: Public Relations

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How has your style evolved?

Martine Subey: My style has always been quirky. I’ve always liked to mix patterns and wear things that I like. So if I see a red and blue patterned top that I like and an awesome floral scarf, I’ll wear it even if it looks a bit crazy. I’ve learned how to take care of my hair and accessories somewhat better, but my style has really only changed in the sense that I have more mature and fitted clothing.

CF: If you could choose to live in another era, which would it be?

MS: I love this age in fashion because it combines many eras. You can wear wide leg pants with a flower headband, a high-waisted skirt, or shorts and crop tops, and all are acceptable. People are realizing that everyone leans towards a different era of clothing, so it’s best to bring them all back.

CF: What is your favorite form of shopping?

MS: I love going to the Salvation Army and Goodwil, because they’re cheap and seeing what other people have worn fascinates me. When you go there, it’s a trip into the past, and I always find some interesting items. I also get hand-me-downs from my best friend and her sister. Both have interesting and unique styles, so I love going through their closets and taking things they don’t need. They usually have a giant bag for me to sift through whenever I go over and it’s free. The black romper I’m wearing in the photo is from them.

CF: How do you view fashion?

MS: I’m not a super fashion-headed person. I do think it’s a way to show creativity, almost like an art form. Some people are fashionably artistic and some aren’t, just as some people can paint and some cannot.

How To: With summer coming up (hopefully Mother Nature decides to show some kindness), you can lose all the layers and simply pair your rompers with sandals and fedoras. The diversity in rompers is outstanding but overwhelming. So, if you’re in the mood for a high neck floral romper, then there’s one out there with your name on it. Also check out this one in denim, this one with an intricate twisted back and this floral one with kimono sleeves.



There’s nothing like paying an ode to the past with a good pair of flared jeans. Can you say groovy? Of course, like any other decade, the ‘70s had its fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly when it came to fashion. For every glamorous Halston gown, there were polyester “disco” tuxedos worn among the public. However, if there was anything to thank the ‘70s for, it’d be for flared jeans and their ability to transform any pair of legs into those of a supermodel (step aside Gisele Bundchen).

What I love about this Fashionista’s pair of high-waisted flared jeans is its light wash, which gives off a casual vibe. Although her outfit is more casual than boho, the easiness of her basic pieces is still reminiscent of Cali style. That’s pretty impressive to accomplish on the east coast in the middle of April. Her accessories follow suit, from the dainty jewelry purchased during a number of travel to Italy and Egypt, to the patterned and comfortable TOMS. Take note from this Fashionista: It’s time to give your skinny jeans a break.

Name: Katrina Barry

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology with a Minor in Modern Greek

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?

Katrina Barry: I pretty much dress like a hippie, but I do like wearing a lot of black.

CF: What’s been your favorite country that you have visited in terms of fashion/style?

KB: I would have to say that Milan had amazing fashion. I bought these ridiculous shorts in a boutique right in the center of Milan.

CF: If you could choose to live in another era, which would it be?

KB: I think it would be awesome to live in the ‘80s, to be honest. I went through a phase when I wore legwarmers everyday because I had around fifteen different colors.

CF: What are you most excited to wear, as the weather gets warmer?

KB: I cannot wait to whip out the high-waisted shorts.

CF: Who/what inspires your style?

KB: Although the places I have been to influence me, I believe that I inspire my own style.

CF: How do you like to shop?

KB: I usually shop at small vintage stores even though some of my favorite pieces are from antiquing.  

How To: If there’s anything to take advantage of when it comes to flared jeans, it’s the illusion of having longer legs. Choose a slim-fit pair in black for a more polished effect or some colored denim to mix things up a bit. A crop top would be ideal to pair with because if there’s anything I loathe more, it’s having to constantly tuck my shirt back in. This outfit wouldn’t be complete without heels so hop on board with the fashion greats and invest in some mules, because if you can’t beat them, you might as well join in and strut with them.


A denim jacket is like the best friend who always has your back (pun intended). Want to dress down a maxi dress? A denim jacket is your go-to. Need a light but comfortable topper for those breezy summer nights? Your denim jacket is there to rescue you. It’s a classic wardrobe staple for a reason because it simply gives off a “I woke up like this” flair to any ensemble.

This Fashionista understands the role of a denim jacket and uses it to create an effortlessly clean and simple look as the weather transitions from winter to spring. That alone is impressive and worthy of an award—like a gift card to the nearest Levi Brand Jean’s store. All jokes aside, this Fashionista shows much love for denim by mixing a light wash denim jacket with a pair of burgundy skinnies. The pairing complements the belted chiffon blouse, suede black booties and leather satchel that make this outfit look not only casually chic, but also comfortable. If there’s anything to be learned, it’s that you can never have enough denim in your wardrobe—so start stocking up on those J Brand jeans.

Name: Rachel Ling

Year: Freshman

Major: Athletic Training/Physical Therapy

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe you style?

Rachel Ling: I generally aim for a simple and classy look, but one of my top priorities is comfort and function.

CF: How does Boston differ from Miami in terms in fashion?

RL: Because of Boston’s cold weather, fashion for me has become very different. I’m used to wearing shorts and a shirt, which makes picking outfits easy. However, in Boston, I have to think about what shoes to wear in order to deal with snow or rain, and I’ve learned the art of layering, which is still a fairly new concept to me.  

CF: Who or what would you consider your style inspiration?

RL: I don’t think there’s one specific person I draw my fashion ideas from, but I usually put outfits together based on online store lookbooks or just from mannequins at the store. 

CF: Do you like to experiment with your style?

RL: Occasionally, it depends on where I’m going. I think I’m more likely to experiment when I’m going to church or out with my friends as opposed to an interview or a formal event.

CF: What’s your view on fashion?

RL: Fashion is important to me when I’m going somewhere other than class and the gym.

How To: Personally, denim jackets are like desserts because you can’t possibly have one favorite. Thankfully, there’s an array to choose from depending on your taste. There’s always the classic denim jacket, but how about one adorned with studs? Or an oversized boyfriend one that’s bleach dip dyed? If you’re seeking color, there’s always this light gray denim jacket or this tie-dye version that will upgrade any ensemble from the typical blue hues.


In an age when everyone is looking to stand out, we sometimes forget to appreciate simplicity. As much as fashion is about being creative, I’ve always found it’s the simple outfits that have the greatest influence and versatility, hence why I gravitated toward this Fashionista’s ensemble, which featured one of my all time favorite pieces: the “grandpa” cardigan.

Macklemore couldn’t have said it better himself: “I’ma take your grandpa’s style, I’ma take your grandpa’s style. No for real, ask your grandpa, ‘Can I have his hand-me-downs?’” As illustrated by this Fashionista, I define the “grandpa” cardigan as a slouchy and oh-so comfy piece of fabric that envelops you like a blanket—but a stylish one at that. Pairing hers with a white button-down, jeans, a pair of black flats and a leather backpack, the ensemble gives off a classic yet casual vibe. The cardigan, in all of its unfitted glory, tones down the outfit from being too polished, making the Fashionista look effortlessly relaxed. If grandpa’s hand-me-downs can do that, then there’s no harm in rummaging through his closet, now is there?

Name: Natalie Alejandra 

Major: Undecided

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: How has moving to Boston from Las Vegas affected your style, if at all?

Natalie Alejandra: Moving to Boston from Las Vegas has mildly affected my style. However, I do see myself changing from the stereotypical creative and casual west coast look to a more polished and sophisticated east coast look. 

CF: What has been the best piece of style advice you have ever received?

NA: “Don’t wear it unless you can dance in it.” But in all seriousness, be comfortable in your own skin and dress for yourself. You can wear anything as long as you do so with conviction. Own your style!

CF: How would you describe your style?

NA: I would like to think my style is a mixture of “hipster” with a dash of “edge” to it, but in actuality, my style is casual and comfortable. My go-to is always a pair of black leggings, a big sweater, an infinity scarf and combat boots. With my uniform, I’m ready for the day. 

CF: Are there any specific items on your wish list? 

NA: One item on my wish list is a leather jacket. I’ve always wanted one and I really just want to embrace my inner rocker.

How To: Cardigans come in all shapes and sizes and as much as I love a fitted one, it’s the slouchy ones that have etched their place in my closet. I’ve always gravitated towards neutral cardigans like this black one or this cream one to layer over my T-shirt and jeans uniform. However, there’s always this green knitted cardigan or this dark red one with a boxy fit to add some color into the mix. You can always refer to the Olsen twins circa 2006 when they initiated the “hobo chic” look for the number one rule of slouchy cardigans: The bigger, the better.



Transitioning from winter to spring is no easy feat. Some days, Mother Nature likes to tease us and raise the temperatures to a heavenly 60 degrees, but on other days, she cruelly returns us to the Ice Age we have been trapped in for the past three months. It makes getting dressed a chore, and that’s the last thing needed during midterms. So take a cue from this Fashionista who cleverly mixes her winter and spring staples based on their colors and textures.

Although crop tops are versatile any time of the year, I prefer to bare my abdomen when the weather allows it. However, with a cotton graphic crop top as the foundation of her ensemble, this Fashionista is able to layer a blush cardigan and add a burgundy beanie for extra warmth. I also love how the whole ensemble has a burgundy color scheme, a signature winter color, along with neutral accessories in the form of a black cross-body bag and tan combat boots with patches of lace on the sides. The outfit is effortlessly comfortable, but it’s the details and styling that make it a stand out and prove you don’t have to let the bipolar weather ruin the art of getting dressed.

Name: Christina Ardelian

Major: Pharmacy

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How has your style evolved in moving to Boston for school, if at all?

Christina Ardelian: Throughout middle school and high school, I was obsessed with logos from head to toe because I dressed in clothes with huge seagulls and moose on them (I’m talking to you, Abercrombie & Fitch). Once I moved to Boston, I noticed that the majority of girls here flaunted the same kinds of brands, whether it was on their jackets or their boots, giving me a reason to change things up a bit—a reason to stand out from the crowd.

CF: What is one trend you regret ever trying?

CA: The one trend I regret trying was the “skater” look. I owned DC shoes that made my feet two times too wide, hoodies with black skulls and red hearts and side bangs that made me illegally blind.

CF: Who or what would be the biggest inspiration when it comes to your style?

CA: I would have to say anyone walking the streets of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Whenever I walk down Bedford Avenue, I always think to myself, “Man, these people know what good taste is.”

CF: What’s something that you’re looking forward to wearing as the weather gets warmer?

CA: Crop tops, hands down. Crop tops are very fun to play with and can be worn with anything ranging from short shorts to a high-waisted skirt.

How To: Let’s fast-forward to summer and swap a few pieces of this ensemble for something more appropriate for the sweltering heat. Using a crop top as a foundation piece, replace the colored denim with colored shorts, the combat boots for gladiator sandals and the beanie for a fedora. Hopefully, Mother Nature will get the idea and end all of our winter woes by bringing about warmer weather ASAP.


Stripes. The word alone conjures up images of sailing on the high seas or the stereotypical uniform of a Parisian along with a beret. Needless to say, it’s a testament to classic and polished style. From Coco Chanel to Where’s Waldo?, stripes have proven their popularity and versatility. However, don’t let the status of this timeless print deter you from dressing them down, similar to how this Fashionisto styled them.

There are several components of this Fashionisto’s outfit that are basic pieces, but when paired together, they create an effortlessly casual ensemble appropriate for class or the office. With the red and navy striped sweater as the focal point of the outfit, this Fashionisto layers it over denim-on-denim, an ensemble that never fails. The rustic laced-up boots complement the preppy vibe of the outfit, along with his army green backpack. However, there’s nothing better than a hat adorned with llamas and “Peru” to show off some personality to accompany your stripes.

Name: Rodrigo Mendoza

Year: Sophomore

Major: Spanish Education

CollegeFashionista: How is fashion viewed in Peru compared to the U.S.?

Rodrigo Mendoza: Fashion is not really an important matter in Peru. One of the things I love about the U.S is the emphasis that people put in what they wear. This isn’t from a superficial point of view, but I just really appreciate that people care about looking their best and making a statement about who they are through their style.

CF: Who/what inspires your style?
RM: I wouldn’t say that I have a very defined style. Nonetheless, I like to make an effort when putting outfits together because what you wear says a lot about how well you take care of yourself. Especially at BU, people dress in very specific ways to express the things they believe in and to present themselves as they want others to perceive them. A lot of my outfits are made from things that I see other BU students wearing on campus.

CF: What would you consider your worst “fashion moment”?

RM: During my freshman year, I had these horrid pastel-colored pants that were mint green and bright yellow. Needless to say, it was a mess, but I thought they were great.

CF: Name three pieces you think are essential for a man’s wardrobe.

RM: Definitely a black button-down shirt, because it can be used for multiple occasions and easily combined with other pieces. Accessories, like a skinny tie or hat, can add color or a print when needed. Finally, a cardigan can really turn an outfit that is way too casual into something more decent and polished.

How To: Recreating this ensemble isn’t rocket science. Pair a classic denim shirt with dark-washed jeans and layer a simple, striped sweater over it. If you want to go beyond these basic stripes, try this multi-colored sweater or this sweater with a striped, ombre effect—don’t fret, you won’t resemble Bill Cosby circa the 1980s, but rather the cover model for a J.Crew or Gap ad campaign.