Sweaters are my favorite way to get through the cold Michigan weather. To look effortlessly chic and warm this December, jump into your favorite knit. This season’s best sweaters have leather accents like this Fashionista’s sweater. This week, the weather took a 360 on campus. Students can be seen on campus in their winter gear and favorite warm sweaters. When I spotted this Fashionista, she looked warm and comfortable in her leather-sleeved sweater and cute booties.

Name: Katie Baral

Major: Communication Studies

Year: Sophomore

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

Katie Baral:I’m wearing jeans by Blank NYC. They were purchased from a small boutique, but blank NYC is a great brand that can be found in almost any department store as well as on their online site. The sweater is splendid and can be found on Shopbop.

CF: Who is your favorite designer and why?

KB:I would have to say my favorite designer is Marc Jacobs. I think he has created more than a clothing line, but has invented an image. His new makeup line says a lot about the brand and about Marc Jacobs himself. He understands women and sees fashion as an art, and therefore each article of clothing he creates serves as one of his masterpieces. So not only do I love Marc Jacobs’s products, but I also think the man behind the brand is a creative genius.

CF: If you could go on a shopping spree to any store, which would it be and why?

KB: If I could go on one shopping spree I would have to say it would be to LF. While many people get overwhelmed by the amounts of clothing crammed into small corners of the store, I like the hunt. LF can often be a hit or miss type of store, but I admit I almost always manage to walk out with bags of clothing. They just have great basic tees and jeans intermixed with fun going-out tops and other edgy pieces. The sales people are also very helpful and love giving you ideas on how to pair different items to create new and different looks, making the atmosphere an overall enjoyable place to be.

CF: What are your three essentials for winter?

KB: Coming from California, I would have to say that two years ago I would have had no idea what winter essentials really meant. But having gone through one hard winter I would say my three must-haves to get you through those blizzards would have to be a great beanie, a cozy scarf and a sturdy pair of black boots. 

How To: Want to wear winter trends like this Fashionista? I would suggest starting with a comfy sweater. After selecting the perfect sweater, find a complementing infinity scarf to keep you warm and cozy. Top the look off with Sorrelboots. They have great traction in the snow and are stylish as well.

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As we are approaching Thanksgiving break, Fashionistas at University of Michigan are holding on to their favorite fall fashions as we begin to transition into winter clothes. Personally, I’m excited about the winter season. Oversized sweaters, thick leggings and fur boots are my favorite pieces for Michigan winters. As it’s been getting colder, I’ve noticed the importance of layering. After walking to class, I always get so warm. But, I’m beginning to master layering. I usually layer long sleeves under sweaters or T-shirts under chambray shirts, so I can stay warm when I walk and cool in the classroom. This week, when I was walking to class, I spotted this Fashionista. I was caught off guard by her white coat. All of us Fashionistas know that white is out after Labor Day, but I loved the way it matched her printed jeans and accented boots.

Name: Allyson Setton

Major: English

Year: Sophomore

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

Allyson Setton: My combat boots are from Zadig & Voltaire, my polka-dot pants are Else (I got them from Macy’s), my shirt is Brandy Melville, my necklace is from Brooklyn Charm in Williamsburg Brooklyn and my jacket is Gap.

CF: Who is your style icon?

AS: Manrepeller is my style inspiration. Her blog inspires me. I love her unique sense of style and her layering especially. If I just like the sleeves of a shirt, I can just wear a vest — and voila — only the sleeves show.

CF: What is the best fashion advice you’ve ever received?

AS: Wear what you like and be who you are. If you’re confident with what you wear, people will compliment you. It’s not about brand names!

CF: If you could have a shopping spree at a store of your choice where would it be and why?

AS: I would have to say Topshop. They are a little pricy for my taste but I love their style and would definitely go crazy there with a gift card especially in the shoe department.

How To: A stylish winter look like this Fashionista’s is easy to put together. I suggest starting with a fur vest. Vests are versatile pieces that are great for layering in the winter. Sometimes, I even wear mine under my winter coat! Pair them with a super skinny lacquered denim and a cashmere sweater for a sophisticated look. If you want to continue this layering theme, try a solid-colored scarf or beanie to finish off your outfit.

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The grunge movement and intricate details are in full gear this season. Grunge styles are back and have become the tough-girl approach to layering in cold weather. This season’s intricate details like studs and jewels are not just part of an outfit, but are also standout finishes. With these fall trends in mind, this Fashionista is inspired by plaid prints and studs, which are some of the hottest styles on campus.

Name: Alix Scharf

Major: Undecided

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Alix Scharf: I am wearing black leggings with a plain white tank top. I am also wearing a plaid shirt with studs from a store near me called Mixology and black quilted Dr. Martens boots.

CF: As winter is approaching, what are your essentials for the cold weather?

AS: Funny enough, I like winter more than summer! I love to layer up with comfy circle scarves and headbands to keep warm.

CF: Who are your style icons/inspirations?

AS: I don’t necessarily have a style icon. However, I get my inspiration from the latest trends I find online or in stores.

CF: How would you describe your style?

AS: My style consists of wearing black leggings, or jeans, and a comfy sweater. Generally, I wear patterned sweaters with whites, blacks and grays, but I also love throwing in some color from time to time. 

How To: Incorporating grunge and stylish embellishments to your wardrobe is easy. As it is getting colder, look for sweaters and long sleeves like this one by RAILS. With studded shoulder pads in a dark gray wash it would look great with black coated leggings or denim. Top this outfit off with lace-up booties to complete your look.

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It’s no suprise that fall is already in full swing. With dropping temperatures outside, Fashionistas sometimes find it difficult to dress stylishly and warmly. My favorite trend for the fall/winter 2013 season is military-inspired looks in hues of black, white and gray. From structured coats and camouflage prints to combat boots and military fashions, it’s an easy way to make a stylish, yet warm statement. Inspired by runway collections by Burberry Prorsum and Giorgio Armani, this Fashionista embraces this high duty trend.

Name: Brittany Mascaro

Major: Psychology

Year: Sophomore

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

Brittany Mascaro: I am wearing American Apparel shiny leggings, Steve Madden combat boots and an army button-down from a local store in my town called Inmotion.

CF: What are your favorite online shopping websites?

BM: My favorite online shopping sites are TOBI and NASTY GAL. They both have great selections of dresses, sweaters, shoes and accessories.

CF: What’s your go-to outfit for early class?

BM: For my early classes, I usually throw on comfy leggings and a sweater. As for shoes, I usually wear my combat boots, UGGs or Suprega sneakers.

CF: What is one thing you would be willing to splurge on?

BM: I’d be willing to splurge on warm sweaters or sweatshirts. It gets freezing in Michigan so these are definitely my winter essentials.

How To: Inspired by this Fashionista’s military look? Bring this trend to your wardrobe this season with a military green jacket and boots. Tie this look together with high-rise jeans in a dark or smokey wash.


I’ve always been jealous of those Fashionistas who have the courage to wear statement pieces. From hoodies to sweatshirts, and T-shirts to jackets, Fashionistas are expressing themselves differently this season — with creative expressions on their clothes. I spotted this Fashionista on my way to class. Before even seeing her face, I noticed the saying on the back of her jacket proclaiming, “I’m Not Sorry.” Immediately I wanted to talk to this Fashionista. I was impressed by her confidence as she rocked this expressive piece and was happy to learn that it was the infamous Michigan basketball fanatic herself, Halle Landsman. If you’ve ever watched Michigan basketball, she’s the “Marry Me McGary” girl.

Name: Halle Landsman

Major: International Studies and Pre-Law

Year: Sophomore

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

Halle Landsman: I am currently wearing a fall jacket from Forever 21, a basic tank top from H&M, black Hue leggings and studded Lucky Brand cowboy booties. 

CF: Where do you usually shop?

HL: I am a huge fan of H&M. Also, I would say my wardrobe is pretty spread out amongst the racks of Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters.

CF: What are your favorite trends this fall?

HL: My favorite fall trend is a sweater over a sundress or a flowy skirt. I am normally not a girly girl when it comes to clothes, but this trend is so comfy and cute.

CF: If you could have any celebrity’s wardrobe, whose would it be and why? 

HL: I would say Khloe Kardashian. She is always wearing the most flattering, yet adorable outfits. Although she does wear heels more often then I ever will (a disadvantage that comes with being tall), I still admire her style.

How To: Ready to wear your thoughts like this Fashionista? My favorite way to wear this trend is with expressive sweatshirts. Not only do they let us know your thoughts, but they are perfect for the chilly weather outside. Pair your expressive sweatshirt with mesh leggings and heeled sneakers to create a confident look.

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Classic denim, cashmere sweaters, scarves and other accessories are some of my favorite pieces for fall. These are all great pieces that can be interchanged between seasons and never go out of style. Since many students at University of Michigan come from out of state, it is sometimes difficult for them to transition to Michigan’s crazy weather patterns. This Fashionista, for example, comes from sunny California. Although it’s her second year in Michigan, she has managed to stay fashionable despite the temperature. Inspired by soft feminine hues and her California roots, she doesn’t have to buy new clothes for school. She puts together outfits that are on trend and appropriate for meeting with professors, going to class and attending study groups.

Name: Lily Katz

Major: Undecided

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Lily Katz: I’m wearing a sweater from Brandy Melville, a scarf from LF and ballet flats from J.Crew.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

LK: I sometimes shop at big department stores like Bloomingdale’s but I mostly go to smaller boutiques. 

CF: Being a California girl, what pieces help you get through Michigan winters?

LK: I’m still not completely adjusted to Michigan winters yet, but big comfortable sweaters, scarves and lots of cashmere have helped the transition.

CF: Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

LK: Recently, I’ve really been into Alexander Wang’s collections. I think he has a lot of cool, edgy interesting pieces. 

How To: Bring out your feminine side like this Fashionista. Putting together a look like hers can be easy. Start by finding a structured blouse. Blouses are versatile pieces that every Fashionista should have in her wardrobe. You can pair them with an indigo wash skinny jean or black denim jeans to elongate your legs. For a little extra height, try a leather heeled bootie.


For all the guys who think dressing up for class is lame, shame on you. Fashionistos who put effort into their wardrobe can make a long-lasting impression. Dressing well shows respect not only for yourself and others, but most importantly to your professor. No matter how bright your professor may be, he will have a tough time taking anyone wearing pajamas or sweats to class seriously. Dressing up a notch from your peers can show your professor that you take his class seriously and can potentially help you down the line when you need a letter of recommendation. If you’re struggling to find ways to upgrade your wardrobe try switching T-shirts for polos, sweatshirts to sweaters, sweatpants to jeans and gym shoes to leather loafers and Sperry Top-Siders. Keeping these style tips and professionalism in mind, I spotted this Fashionisto on campus sporting a trendy look.

Name: Jared Molk

Major: Business

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Jared Molk: I’m wearing a plaid Ralph Lauren polo shirt. I really like it because the design is aztec-inspired. I’m also wearing dark AG jeans, Sperry Top-Siders and a Timex watch by J.Crew. 

CF: Where do you usually shop?

JM: I usually shop at Scoop, J.Crew and E. Street Denim. 

CF: What is your favorite accessory?

JM: My favorite accessory is my Tucker Blair needlepoint republican belt. I like it because it has a unique elephant design. 

CF: How would you describe your style?

JM: My style is loosely preppy with an edge. You can always catch me wearing jeans, sweaters and button-downs.

How To: Looking for the perfect outfit for class? Start by selecting the perfect color-blocked polo and black jeans. When paired together, these pieces create a professional, yet stylish look. Complete your look with a leather-strapped watch and sleek loafers.


It’s finally October and, despite the chill, Fashionistas are still holding onto their favorite summer pieces. A great way to transition into fall  is by incorporating your favorite summer dresses with layers and sweaters. This week it was fun to look around for Fashionistas in the spirit of fashion week. As we’ve seen fashion evolve this past month, I’m beginning to realize how much power and influence street style has. The crowds at New York and Paris fashion weeks were definitely attracted to the beautiful shows at center stage, but they have also become their own stars in their own right.

Name: Gaby Groh

Major: International Studies and Spanish

Year: Sophomore

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

Gaby Groh: I’m wearing a skirt from Urban Outfitters that I’ve had forever and absolutely love. My shirt is actually a friend’s. 

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

GG: I would describe my style as “almost trendy.” I like to keep up with seasonal trends but I usually keep comfort as a top priority. 

CF: What are your fall essentials?

GG: My fall essentials are boots, leggings, long-sleeved shirts and jean vests. I’m usually wearing a comfy infinity scarf.

CF: What city do you think has the best style and why?

GG: I would definitely say New York City. I feel that the city really has everything under the sun.

How To: For a similar look like this Fashionista’s, try rocking an overall dress with a baseball T-shirt. This outfit is a ’90s throwback that will get you reminicising about your childhood. Add a bit of edge to this look with leather ankle booties.


The first few weeks of school are crucial for making a good first impression. While walking around campus this fall, I’ve been feeling really inspired! From colored denim and leather sleeves to riding boots and comfortable knits, students at University of Michigan are definitely fashion-forward this semester.

While walking to class, I spotted this Fashionista. Being the chilly day that it was, this Fashionista broke out her favorite corduroys, leather riding boots, The North Face vest and striped sweater. Although you might be thinking it’s a bit too warm to be sporting corduroy, the cool weather is beginning to sneak up on us and having the perfect pair of cords is wardrobe essential. I do love my denim, but there’s something tempting about putting on warm corduroys with your favorite sweaters and cardigans.

Name: Jordan Gavens

Major: Communication Studies

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: Where do you usually shop?

Jordan Gavens: I usually shop at Madewell, Brandy Melville and Bloomingdale’s.

CF: What are your fall essentials?

JG: My fall essentials are my cashmere sweaters, The North Face vest and black or brown high riding boots.

CF: How do you accessorize your outfits?

JG: In the fall I like adding a lightweight scarf to accessorize.

CF: Who is your favorite designer and why?

JG: Right now I’m really into designer Ariel Gordon. Gordon is a jewelry designer. I recently got the gold love knot necklace as a gift, which I’m wearing today. I really hope to get a few of her rings and bracelets in the future!

How To: Want to look cute in corduroy too? Start with the perfect pair of colored corduroys and a simple sweater. Cuff them up for a feminine twist and complete the look with buckled biker booties.


Having the perfect fall jacket can pull together any outfit. While walking across campus this week, I noticed a variety of motorcycle, denim and leather jackets. For me, fall fashion is about finding staple items to incorporate into your wardrobe, and statement outerwear pieces are the perfect place to begin. Not only do jackets like these help you stay warm, but they also help distinguish individual style.

Name: Sarah Zaccardo

Major: Communications and Psychology

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Sarah Zaccardo: I am wearing an American Eagle Outfitters jean jacket but I also saw a similar one made by Free People. I’m also wearing a basic white T-shirt, my favorite black leggings and white high-top Converse.

CF: What patterns or colors do you like to incorporate into your wardrobe?

SZ: I tend to wear a lot of basic colors, like black, white and gray because they go with everything. I don’t typically wear any patterns that are too bold, but I really love comfy plaid flannel shirts and anything with denim.

CF: What is your favorite outfit you have now, and why?

SZ: My favorite outfit right now is any combination of boots, leggings and a light fall jacket because it is put together but comfortable for class and walking around campus.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

SZ: I love to shop at Urban Outfitters, Aritzia and Bloomingdale’s.

How To: Ready to look trendy for class like this Fashionista? Start with the perfect fall jacket. I’m loving simple denim jackets with a touch of leather. Layering is key for chilly weather so try wearing a tank top and a cozy thermal under your jacket. Finish off your look with a pair of tailored oxfords.