Entering campus to search for the inspiration to my last ever post for CollegeFashionista, I was adamant that my final subject would not only define the style savvy which FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT demands, but would also embody everything I love about a true CollegeFashionista – and I found her in the form of this Arts student. While her take on the current stripe trend proves her style-conscious and fashion-forward status, her penchant for originality shines through by teaming trends with her favourite colour palette and beloved Converse sneakers. Indeed, on the subject of style tips and advice to live by, she offered up a shiny pearl of fashion wisdom: don’t focus on following the trends and impressing others; dress to suit yourself and your personality will carry your look. The results of living by such a style motto are clear for all to see, as she manages to combine classic, on-trend stripes with her favourite colours and staple pieces to pull off a look which is not only the epitome of campus comfort, but which is also so chic and unique.
Name: Megan O’Mahony
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?
Megan O’Mahony: I would describe it as alternative with very indie influences. I love leather and suede and tend to go for a lot of browns and very earthy colour palettes. I like to team feminine pieces with something a little more rough around the edges for a really eclectic finish.
CF: From whom or where do you draw your fashion inspiration?
MOM: I would take a lot of inspiration from my favourite bands, particularly indie singers and performers. In terms of icons, I love the style of Felicity Jones and Zooey Deschanel — they are always dressed very uniquely.
CF: If there was one item of clothing or accessory you could not live without, what would it be and why?
MOM: The brown suede Converse that I am wearing today. I literally wear them all the time with everything, from girly dresses to jeans. They are my absolute wardrobe staple — I don’t know what I would do without them!
CF: Do you have a particular style tip that you would like to pass on to CollegeFashionistas everywhere?
MOM: I think that how you dress is an expression of yourself and your personality, so it is important to dress to suit yourself. Personal style is not about trying hard to impress other people; it is about capturing who you are and how you want to portray that to the world.
How To: There is no escaping the stripe trend at the moment, but just because something is on-trend, does not mean you have to settle for a generic look. This Fashionista proves this by teaming her oversized striped jumper with her favourite earthy colour palette. Get the perfect start to capturing her look with this navy and white striped jumper dress from Tommy Hilfiger at ASOS. Neutral, earthy shades never lose their chic, and so consider this beige trench coat from River Island an investment for all seasons, as well as the perfect complement to those stripes. Complete the casual chic look with every student’s favourite, the Converse; these brown leather sneakers are perfect to complete the outfit.