The weather on Indiana University’s campus makes you want to bundle up in bed all day, but finals are just around the corner! As you’re getting ready for your day to ace those exams, all you can think of is the chilly weather outside. It can be hard to find the best pieces to combat the cold. But never fear, this Fashionista shows us how you can stay warm but look fashionable at the same time so you can ace your exams in style.

Name: Hannah Hunt

Major: Public Affairs

Year: Second Year Masters

CollegeFashionista: Where did you get each piece of your outfit?

Hannah Hunt: I got my coat and bag from Forever 21. My hat is from Urban Attic which is a store located in Louisville. My pants are from H&M.

CF: What was your inspiration for your outfit today?

HH: My inspiration is utility wear, especially since it’s so cold on campus. I have a few things in my closet that I use for a number of outfits. I try to get the most out of my closet. I also like looking on Etsy to find cool products to include in my outfits.

CF: Who do you look to for style inspiration?

HH: My sister, she always has a unique style and doesn’t follow the trends. She does it in a way that looks amazing and expresses her own individualism. I also look to the Sartorialist which is a website with a ton of street fashion. I like to see how people put their own creativity in their outfits. 

CF: What are some of your favorite trends on campus?

HH: I like all the hats. I also like boots that lace up.

CF: What stores do you shop at?

HH: I love shopping at Forever 21 and H&M.

CF: What advice do you have for the readers?

HH: Look for your own personal inspiration and don’t try to follow all the trends.

How To: To pull off this perfect look for those cold winter days, start off with a knitted hat, a fashionable coat and a pair of pants. Pair this outfit with some boots and a shoulder bag. If you want to add some more flair to your outfit try going with a coat with some fur lining to keep warm and fashionable!


Simplistic style can be eye-catching when worn in the correct way. As this Fashionista struts to class with her trending oversized coat, she brings some edge to her outfit with a timeless pair of Ray-Bans. By accessorizing to her main pieces, her coat and shirt, she creates a effortless chic look. We definetly see why Rooney Mara is her style inspiration since she too keeps it simple yet still snags the spotlight in public.

Name: Claire Janssen

Major: Accounting

Year: Sophmore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where is it from?

Claire Janssen: Today, I’m wearing a coat from BCBGMAXAZRIA, boots from bssla and a shirt from American Color. My accessories are my bracelet from Alex and Ani and my Ray-Bans.

CF: What inspired your look today?

CJ: To be quite honest, comfort and warmth.

CF: Who is your style inspiration?

CJ: Rooney Mara, her style is very simple. I really like a classic simple look.

CF: If you could raid anyone’s closet, who’s would it be?

CJ: Rooney Mara again! I absolutely adore her style. I would wear anything in her wardrobe

CF: Can you describe your personal style?

CJ: I would say I like a comfortable yet casual style. I’m looking to look chic but to be comfortable on campus as well. 

How To: If you want a minimalist style that pops like this Fashionistas, now you can. This Fashionista pairs a bangle with Ray-Bans to showcase her inner-Fashionista. Underneath her killer oversized coat she wears a simple button-down for a cohesive cool feel. Remember that accessories can really make your outfit; find your favorite accessories that define your own personal style to stand out from the crowd.


We all have that one person that really makes an impact on our lives. Whether it’s through life, school or style advice. We find ways to incorporate things we love about what we learn from those people into our lives but we let our own personalities shine as we embody our individual style. This Fashionista shows us that we can be inspired by the people around us to discover our inner Fashionista so we can rock any look on campus.

Name: Abby Adams

Major: Early Childhood Education

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Abby Adams: I’m wearing a headband from Rue 21. My jacket is from Forever 21 and my boots are from Macy’s.

CF: What inspired your outfit today?

AA: It’s an easy and comfortable outfit. I would describe my style as punk with a little bit of preppy. My sister is actually a design major and has a punk style so I take a lot of cues from her.

CF: Who is your style inspiration?

AA: My sister. She always wears her outfits in a different yet fashion forward way. She comes up with looks that I have never considered wearing and she makes them look amazing.

CF: What are some of your favorite places to shop?

AA: I love to shop at Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Urban Outfitters.

CF: What are some of your favorite trends?

AA: I love tall boots, especially the quilted boots. I also like two toned brown and black boots. I guess I just love boots!

CF: How do you incorporate your own style in what you’ve learned from your sister?

AA: I tend to lean towards preppy looks so I love bows and pastels. I really like pinks and lavenders. I add a hint of that with every outfit I wear.

How To: We’re glad she finds ways to personalize her style while incorporating advice from others! To take bits of this Fashionista’s style and put it into your own wardrobe you can get a pair of black boots, an amazing faux leather jacket and pair it with a cute shirt of your choice! You can even add an adorable bow head-wrap or just a bow like this Fashionista’s as an accessory.


The weather is getting chilly but it’s too hot for a regular jacket and too cold for just a sweater. What’s a Fashionista to do when Indiana’s weather isn’t coordinating with her? This Fashionista is wearing the solution to this weather conundrum: a vest. Vests are the perfect buffer for the days in-between fall and winter. They’re adorable and layer really well and can be styled in so many ways! Let’s see how this Fashionista keeps warm during these chilly months with her amazing vest!

Name: Katie Gottfried

Major: Speech Pathology

Year: Sophmore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Katie Gottfried: My boots are from Nordstrom, my vest is from The North Face and the rest of my outfit is from Urban Outfitters.

CF: What is your inspiration for today’s outfit?

KG: Fall is actually my favorite season and it’s a bit chilly out today. So I would say the weather is my inspiration for my outfit today.

CF: Who is your style Inspiration?

KG: Lauren Conrad, she always sports a classy but comfortable look. I try to make sure my style is comfortable yet classy as well.

CF: If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe for just one day who would it be?

KG: Mila Kunis, her fashion is a little different then mine which is why I would steal hers! She’s got this edgy look to her that I absolutely adore!

How To: The in-between season is hard to dress for, but with this Fashionista’s help it becomes easy! Just pair an adorable shirt with a chambray shirt and a vest. Then accessorize your outfit with a warm scarf!


Whenever I see band patches and American flags paired together, I feel nostalgic because it takes me straight back to the ’90s. Her outfit made me go back to a time where grunge fashion and music thrived. But her backpack made me think of the loud amazing colors from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The combination of the two made me so giddy. Let this Fashionista take your back to a time where individuality, grunge and loud colors thrive.

Name: Brigid Phillips

Major: English

Year: Sophmore

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your fashion?

Brigid Phillips: I’m pretty individualistic and I really like to experiment with clothing.

CF: What are you wearing?

BP: My backpack is from My vest was a hand me down, I personalized it by sewing patches on it. My capris and shoes are hand me downs as well.

CF: You personalize your own clothing?

BP: Yeah, I really like sewing. I put my own band patches and logos on a lot of my clothing.

CF: What trends on campus do you like?

BP: I love vintage clothing. I also like floral and retro style dresses. As you can tell I like the punk rock style too, because of the patches on jackets and combat boots. 

CF: Who is your fashion icon?

BP: Kara Fey from Shiny Toy Guns and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine. 

CF: Where do you like to shop?

BP: I really like vintage shops like Vintage Vogue, Cactus flower and Goodwill.

CF: Do you have any advice for the readers?

BP: Don’t be afraid to get crazy with your outfits. Don’t try to dress yourself based on what you think other people would like. Style yourself based on your own personality.

How To: To make this look your own you just need to grab your favorite vest from your closet, pair your vest with some neutral capris and a fitted shirt underneath. Then grab your favorite backpack and pair of Converse sneakers. Don’t forget to put your own personal touches on your outfit! You can either put your band patches on your outfit or you can accessorize it in your own way!


As our boots crunch through the leaves when we’re walking to class, there are things on our minds besides just school. Like warm lattes, falling leaves, tights and scarves. It’s amazing how IU’s campus turns into a crisp runway for us to show off our favorite fall outfits. This Fashionista’s outfit definitely embodies the fall season with her adorable pink scarf, brown ankle boots and tights.

Name: Sara Dallavale

Major: Italian Lanague and Literature

Year: Third year Master’s Student

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Sara Dallavale: I’m wearing a long sleeve dress, tights and a cardigan from Italy. My ankle boots are from Urban Outfitters and my bracelet is from Cactus Flower. My scarf is actually from my mom but she bought it from Conbipel which is an Italian store.

CF: What is your inspiration for your outfit today?

SD: The fall season.

CF: Can you describe your typical style?

SD: I usually try to keep my outfits as casual as possible. But I always try to give importance to my accessories. If you’re wearing an outfit, don’t forget that accessories can completely change the look of your outfit. I also don’t really like mixing colors. I tend to make the colors in my outfits match.

CF: Where do you get your style inspiration from?

SD: I’m a huge fan of Zara and I usually buy my clothing from there. So I’m usually looking through their look books. Their company’s style really influences me.

CF: What are some of your favorite trends?

SD: I love ankle boots and I like wearing fall dresses. But I really love a nice sweater paired with some comfortable jeans for the fall. 

How To: You don’t have browse Italian shopping sites or fly all the way to Italy to replicate this Fashionista’s style. To style your own fashionable fall outfit, just pair a cardigan with your favorite fall dress. But don’t forget the essential pieces of your outfit for this fall like a cute infinity scarf, a pair of tights and a pair of ankle boots. Last but not least, individualize your outfit by accessorizing in your own way!


You know you have this classic and timeless piece hanging in your closet: the little black dress. But, did you know that this dress could be so versatile? That you could actually wear your dress to class? When paired with the right pieces you can dress this dress down for a casual look to class. This Fashionista shows how you can perfectly do this by pairing her dress with a colorful cardigan and boots. She effortlessly creates a perfect casual yet fashionable outfit for class.

Name: Taylor Gram

Major: Biotechnology

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Taylor Gram: I’m wearing a dress from H&M and a cardigan from PacSun. My boots are from Target and my legwarmers are from Wet Seal.

CF: What was your inspiration for this outfit?

TG: I wanted to wear something cute but comfortable to class.

CF: How would you describe your typical style?

TG: I generally like classic looks. But I usually throw on an extra accent piece that’s simple but fun to bring attention to what I’m wearing.

CF: Who’s style do you like the most?

TG: I love Mila Kunis’ style. It’s simple, but edgy. 

CF: What is a piece in your closet that you can’t live without?

TG: My boots!

CF: What are some trends you love on Indiana University’s campus this semester? 

TG: I love yoga pants. They’re incredibility comfortable. 

CF: Where are some of your favorite places to shop?

TG: H&M is a great place to shop. I also like to shop at Target.

How to: We know everyone loves to be comfortable but trendy when they walk into their lecture. It’s super simple to replicate this look! Pair your classic black dress with some tights, legwarmers, a pair of combat boots and then individualize your outfit! You can choose from so many options! You can choose to mimic this Fashionista’s look with a cute fringed cardigan or you can pair this outfit with something of your own. Try combining this simple black dress with different types of jackets or a plaid shirt. The possibilities are endless when you’re wearing a classic black dress!


Ladies! When the weather is transitioning from fall to winter, it’s hard to find that outfit that looks cute but is still comfy. But don’t worry, because this Fashionista will have you throwing out those preconceived notions that you just have to wear simple leggings and a sweater to class. She has all the right tips on how you can add some hints of color to your comfortable outfit and look cute while your rushing to that lecture!

Name: Stephanie Patiño

Major: Accounting

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where is it from?

Stephanie Patiño: I’m wearing combat boots from JCPenny and my striped shorts are from Charlotte Russe. My gray tank top is from Hollister Co. and my leggings are from T.J. Maxx. My red cardigan is from Abercrombie & Fitch and I received my ring on my Quinceañera.

CF: What was your inspiration for your outfit today?

SP: When it gets chilly I love wearing leggings and I love neutrals. But I like to add a little bit of color to make my outfit cute!

CF: What is your token fashion statement?

SP: I need to have some type of pattern in my outfit, it can’t just be plain. Like today, I’m wearing stripes. I love stripes!

CF: What are your favorite fall trends?

SP: I love boots, loose baggy sweaters and crew necks with leggings.

CF: Who is your fashion icon?

SP: I don’t look at celebrities or television stars for fashion tips. I honestly look towards my roommate for fashion inspiration.

CF: I love your high bun, how did you learn how to style it?

SP: I look at a lot of different YouTube style guru videos. I guess I’m the type of person who likes to take advice from every day people. You can really relate to them more than some star you see in a magazine.

Hint: When the weather is still in between the fall and winter stages, it’s hard to find a suitable outfit. But this outfit is perfect for those days: super comfy and very cute! Just grab your favorite pair of leggings and a gray tank. Pair these with a pair of combat boots, a cute oversized cardigan knit and a pair of high-waisted striped shorts to complete your outfit. To complete your look with a sleek top-bun like this Fashionista’s, don’t worry, because you too can style it in just under three minutes!


As soon as you think you have the trends down for the season, weather and trends change! As college students, we already have so much on our plates that it’s hard for us change our whole look every season. But there are just some trends that you cannot pass up. So, you may find yourself asking some important questions like: How do I incorporate my own style in my outfits while I adopt the trends I absolutely love each season? How do I get the most out of my favorite trending pieces, especially when the weather at IU seems to always be rapidly changing? Well don’t worry, because this Fashionista has all the answers to your important questions.

Name: Kristin Truelove

Major: Apparel Merchandising

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Kristin Truelove: I’m wearing a tribal print maxi skirt from Charlotte Russe and pairing it with a black tank top. I’m accessorizing my skirt with a long pink bubble necklace and a black belt: both from Charlotte Russe. I’m finishing my outfit off with a pair of black sandals from Tilly’s.

CF: What is your inspiration for your outfit today?

KT: The “Charlotte girl.” I actually work for Charlotte Russe and love the typical shoppers’ look.

CF: What are your favorite stores to shop at?

KT: I love shopping at Charlotte Russe, LuLu’s, TOBI and Urban Outfitters. I have a shopping addiction, I really love ALL stores.

CF: Who is your fashion Icon?

KT: I love Emma Watson‘s style. She always looks so chic, sophisticated, classy and cute!

CF: What are your favorite fall trends?

KT: Well, my favorites don’t just pertain to just this fall. I always love the classic scarves and boots. But I really like the oversized sweaters and printed tights this season.

CF: If you could trade closets with anyone for the day, who would it be?

KT: I would love to trade closets with my manager at Charlotte Russe.

CF: Do you have any advice for our readers?

KT: It’s fun to follow trends, but it’s also important to have your own signature style. Tribal prints are actually near and dear to my heart and I love adding risk. Whenever I style my outfit, I make sure I pick one piece that is risky and today that’s my statement necklace.

How To: You too can stay trendy while being true to your own personal style. Pick two or three staple statements from your past looks. Try taking some of your favorite parts of these looks and pair some of those things with the new trends you see each season. You’ll be able to bring out your inner Fashionista while you have fun with the new trends. But if you want to recreate this look, you can do so by pairing a tank top with a tribal maxi slit skirtpink bubble necklace and a belt just like this Fashionista. But don’t worry, because maxi skirts are very versatile and can even be worn when the weather gets a bit chillier. Just grab your favorite maxi skirt and pair it with a cute jacket and shirt. You’ll be rocking the campus in maxi-mum style!


As this Fashionista walked up in a crowd of people, I had to do a double take. Her black dress and Dr. Martens gave her look a casual feel. But the center of her dress really made her stand out: the enlarged cat was so adorable and chic! It was the best cat dress I had ever seen! And there are ton of cat dresses out there. There was no doubt in my mind that this was the Fashionista of the week!
Name: Tess Watson
Major: Accounting, Finance and International Business
Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today and where did you get your outfit from? 
Tess Watson: The dress is from H&M, the shoes are Dr. Martens and the bracelet is from Urban Outfitters. The backpack is actually from Target. They have some really cool stuff sometimes. You just have to look for it!

CF: Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
TW: My favorite store is called Wasteland. It’s on Haight in San Francisco. I get a new wardrobe every time I visit and they have an online store too. I shop a lot at NASTY GAL, Topshop and ASOS, as well. 
CF: I love your cat dress, what inspired you to wear that today?
TW: I wear it when I’m feeling spunky, and I’ve got to appreciate the warm weather while it’s still here! It was an impulse buy this summer in Denver when I stumbled on a huge H&M store downtown when I was walking home from dinner. My boyfriend begged me not to buy it but I get compliments on it all the time. 
CF: What are your favorite go-to pieces in your closet?
TW: I just got some new skinny acid wash jeans that I love. If I’m going out, you can always find me in high-waisted shorts and a crop top

CF: Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?
TW: I love the fashion magazine NYLON. It keeps me up to date on new trends, plus new music and movies!

CF: What are some trends you’ve seen on campus that you absolutely adore?
TW: I love the round sunglasses. I lost mine last weekend in the lake but I’m searching for a new pair!

CF: What style advice do you have for the readers? 
TW: Just be yourself when it comes to fashion. Wear what you like and what you’re comfortable in. Conforming to every trend just makes you a part of the crowd. Plus it’s exhausting.
How To:  Animal statement dresses are fun and very versatile. If you want to recreate this look, you can find your favorite pair of Dr. Martins and wear an outstanding cat dress. On colder days, you can always pair the dress with a cute jacket. But get creative and make this dress your own with your favorite accessories, backpack and shoes! Most importantly, have fun with it! Who knows, you might even want to try a fox dress.