I know, I talk a lot of talk about how leggings bring little to the style table. But, that’s because a lot of the time leggings are paired with a generic black fleece and a pair of flats or brown boots. I’m glad I ran into this Fashionista because she rocks leggings in a different way. I love the olive green color of her leggings, especially paired with the over-the-knee boots.

Name: Emily Mann

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?

Emily Mann: Whatever feels comfortable when I wake up in the morning. Boots are always easy, and who doesn’t love not wearing real pants?

CF: What is your favorite item in your closet right now?

EM: Probably an oversized sweater that my dad gave me, but now that the weather’s getting warmer I have to find something else! I like this weather [because] you can layer and do fun stuff with it.

CF: What are your favorite places to shop in Boston?

EM: Urban Outfitters is on my way to go grocery shopping, so that ends up being where I spend my money. But, I really like Second Time Around as well.

CF: What are you looking forward to most to wear this spring?

EM: I get to put all of my dresses back on. I love to wear coral. Coral and turquoise are two colors that I love for spring. Those are fun!

CF: What is a good tip for college students to save money, but stay fashionable?

EM: [Check out] the random stuff that people don’t want, like your parents especially. I feel like anything that they used to wear is kind of coming back now. So, raid their closets. It’s always really fun.

How To: Try these Jersey Cotton Spandex Leggings from American Apparel in any color, but black! Maybe the dark truffle brown with a pair of leg warmers and ballet flats or the olive green like this Fashionista’s. As for over-the-knee boots, try these Chinese Laundry ones with a small wedge heel. Play with layers and different hemlines like pairing this Evil Twin Bad Wiring Knit Top from Urban Outfitters with this NASTY GAL Renegade Moto Jacket.

Laura White T-shirt Challenge

When I think of a white T-shirt, I think about comfort. I think of Sunday morning errands, afternoon classes, or a casual cup of coffee with an old friend. I slip into a white T-shirt when I want to be relaxed and laid-back. It’s that go-to basic in my closet that all Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike should own.

It’s very easy to overlook the diversity of a plain white T-shirt but the truth is, because it’s such a basic item, you can work it into any outfit. CollegeFashionista has asked nine Style Gurus to take the “White T-shirt Challenge,” where each of us build an outfit that reflects our personal styles around a simple white T-shirt.

I don’t like to be tied down to one definition of my personal style because it changes daily, depending on my mood. Some days, I’ll wear head-to-toe black and rock the gothic look with a tint of raspberry lipstick and other days I’ll bust out my sundresses and cowboy boots for a flirty feminine ensemble. So I would style my white T-shirt in a couple different ways.

  • Maxi skirt: Maxi skirts are the epitome of effortless style and laid-back sophistication. Pair a maxi skirt that sits low at the waist with a white T-shirt for a boho look. Opt for a tighter fit rather than oversized when it comes to the white T-shirt, so you don’t get lost in big layers.
  • Statement necklace: This is one of my all-time favorite trends: T-shirts and statement necklaces. The two seem paradoxical but they look so good together. A bright statement necklace pops against a white background and dresses up an otherwise casual outfit.
  • Silver pump: Try pairing a loose fitting white T-shirt underneath a pair of leather pants and an edgy for a night out on the town. This ensemble gives off a rocker vibe where comfort meets chic.

How do you rock your favorite white T-shirt? Take the CollegeFashionista “White T-shirt Challenge!” Show us your complete look using the hashtag #collegefashionista.


In a sea of fleece sweaters, dark wash skinny jeans and brown riding boots, it’s always refreshing to see someone who isn’t afraid to push the limits of fashion. This Fashionista plays with rich textures like fur, embroidery and knit. Fashion is all about pushing the limits and stepping out of the norm. Just keep in mind that the best accessory is confidence!

Name: Margeaux Cohen

Major: Archeology

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your fashion style?

Margeaux Cohen: Well, I don’t try to describe my style…I don’t like to be categorized. I like to be someone new everyday.

CF: What would you say is your favorite item in your closet right now?

MC: My favorite item in my closet right now is probably my Maison Martin Margiela bodysuit, just because I can wear it under everything.

CF: What are your favorite places to shop in Boston?

MC: Serenella on Newbury Street. Also, The Closet and the SoWa markets.

CF: Who are you favorite designers?

MC: Dries Van Noten.

How To: Get a look similar to this Fashionista’s with this La Fiesta Pencil Skirt or this Sailaway Circle Skirt, both from Anthropologie. Play with lengths and silhouettes according to your body shape! As for a similar fur coat, start off by hunting through thrift stores, but if you can’t afford a real fur coat (or are against wearing fur), Urban Outfitters has a great alternative: this MINKPINK Cruella Faux Fur Coat.


If you’ve been reading my column, you know how much I like to break the rules. From pairing navy and black to mixing prints to wearing white after Labor Day, there’s no fashion faux pas I won’t try! So, when I saw this Fashionista stepping out of class in Timberland boots and a floral maxi skirt, I had to stop her. Her laidback boho look is perfect for a winter school day. Comfortable, warm and stylish.

Name: Heather Hamacek

Major: Journalism

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your fashion style?

Heather Hamacek: I am inspired by vintage pieces a lot. I spend a lot of time in thrift shops and consignment shops. I really love anything that’s from the mid-century, ‘50s and ‘60s. But, I also like really romantic pieces—any long, flowy or see-through pieces. I think that they add a really romantic vibe. And, to juxtapose all of that, I really like men’s boots.

CF: What would you say is your favorite item in your closet right now?

HH: I just got this 1970s schoolgirl, secretarial dress that has a white Peter Pan collar and little white cuff detailing. It’s a gray plaid, and I think it’s definitely my favorite piece right now.

CF: What are your favorite places to shop in Boston?

HH: I like Second Time Around. I really like their fur coats. I don’t own any, but I really like to look at them. Free People is one of my favorite stores. I cannot go there that often because everything costs like a million dollars. And, I like wearing thigh-highs a lot, and I get those from H&M.

CF: What’s your least favorite trend?

HH: I don’t like when everybody looks the same. I really don’t like when people dress in leggings, The North Face jacket and UGGs. It annoys me, and I’m just like, “Get a personality.”

CF: What’s your best tip for students about staying fashionable on a college budget?

HH: Just don’t spend any money on a piece that isn’t something you look good in. Don’t spend any money on sweatpants or jeans that you’ll only wear at home. Buy everything that makes you feel good about yourself; you will always look good when you’re outside wearing it.

How To: For a look similar to this Fashionista’s, you’ll have to do some thrift shopping first. The key to this Fashionista’s boho style is in the layers. Start off with a floral maxi skirt or dress like this Mary Green Alicia Maxi Slip by Free People and cover up with a cardigan. This Fashionista opted for a solid cardigan, but don’t be afraid to mix colors and prints! Try  this Colorblock Pointelle Cardigan or this Printed Panel Cardigan by Anthropologie. As far as shoes go, try either a pair of Timberland like this Fashionista or for a slightly more feminine look opt for a pair of Dr. Martens like these Triumph 1914. They’re still rugged, but have interior floral detailing. Top the whole look off with a great scarf. This Morning Jams Scarf from ModCloth is one of my favorites.


Truth be told, it’s not always easy pulling off the laidback look and have a casually fabulous outfit when you just stumbled out of bed. As Ben Sherman said, “Effortless cool is a detailed process. When I saw this Fashionista, I thought she embodied this effortless cool with her all black ensemble. While her outfit is simple and clean, she captures a nonchalance with her slouchy boots and suede jacket. This is a perfect outfit to wear on Monday morning when you’re heading to class, comfortable and chic!

Name: Michelle Rourk

Major: Communications

Year: Graduate

CollegeFashionista: What are your favorite places to shop in Boston?

Michelle Rourk: I’m all over the place, but I’m into National Jean Company and Scoop.

CF: How would you describe your fashion style?

MR: My style is clean and comfortable, but always with an edge of leather or other textures. 

CF: What is your favorite clothing item in your closet right now?

MR: It depends on my mood, but I rely on classic pieces, my favorite being a well tailored, black Ralph Lauren tuxedo blazer. I can throw it on over anything for any occasion.

CF: Who are your favorite designers?

MR: I love the clean lines of Céline and Cédric Charlier, but always find great staples from Theory.

CF: What trend are you most looking forward to this spring?

MR: I’m excited for the return and reinvention of the stripe! All of the stark white silhouettes are so great as well.

CF: What is your number one fashion pet peeve?

MR: Those galaxy print leggings.

How To: For a look similar to this Fashionista’s, start off with a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings like these J Brand Danica skinny jeans. With the moto calf zippers and the patchwork stitching, they’re a modern take on the classic skinny. Opt for a black top with a little edge like this Fashionista’s draped shirt. This Vince Camuto Surplice Top looks great underneath a leather jacket, a blazer or even a heavy knit cardigan. As for boots, try these Kelsi Dagger Max Moto Booties for a rocker vibe. Then, top the whole look off with a suede asymmetrical jacket like this SW3 Bespoke New Queensway Jacket.



One doesn’t always have to be dressed in the season’s top trends or the most extravagant ensemble to be a Fashionista. It’s all about confidence and rocking your own personal style. This Fashionista’s outfit is understated, which is exactly what drew me to her. There are no better accessories to your favorite pair of skinny jeans than confidence and a beautiful smile.

Name: Hannah Allen

Major: Journalism

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Hannah Allen: I’m wearing black skinny jeans and a pink blouse from Zara. My studded flats are from Urban Outfitters.

CF: How would you describe your style?

HA: I love wearing classic, simple clothing with edgy details in my day-to-day life. Things like black skinny jeans with a pop of pale pink and studded flats are the perfect outfit for running around as a student.

CF: What’s your favorite places to shop in Boston?

HA: I tend to shop at Zara or Urban Outfitters so I can mix and match basics with flashy pieces and still stay on a budget. I love Zara because it has a very European style, which I love.

CF: What is your favorite trend for spring?

HA: This season I’m looking for anything emerald colored, whether it’s earrings, skinny jeans or clutches. I’m obsessed.

How To: For a simple and elegant look like this Fashionista’s, it’s important to find that perfect pair of skinny jeans. Madewell and Levi Brand Jeans have skinny jeans for all shapes and sizes. Try Madewell’s Skinny Skinny High Riser Jean or Levi Brand Jeans Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans depending on your comfort. For a funky pair of flats, check out these ALDO Laverna Loafers. They’re so unique! Zara always has great simple blouses. Try this Blouse With Flap Pocket, which has a great high neckline.


As January comes to an end, Boston winter has only just begun. Even though the sun still shines, temperatures reach terrible lows and it’s not always easy to dress for the occasion. In a sea of NorthFace winter coats and UGGs, this Fashionista knows how to stay warm on the coldest of days all the while staying fashionable.

Name: Baili Olive

Major: Political Science and English

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: How do you stay warm in the wintertime?

Baili Olive: I love wearing dresses, even when it’s really cold outside. So I stay warm with thigh-high boots, over-the-knee socks and thick scarves.

CF: What is your favorite clothing item in your closet right now?

BO: I love my fur collar. I can wear it with everything. And, it keeps me warm, too! 

CF: How would you describe your fashion style?

BO: Black. It’s not really a style, but I wear all-black most of the time.

CF: What would be your one staple look?

BO: Probably red lips. Wearing red lipstick always adds a little bit more to my outfit, which is probably all-black anyway.

CF: What is your fashion pet peeve?

BO: I hate kitten heels. I can’t stand them. I also don’t think anyone should walk out of their house wearing UGGs.

CF: Who are your favorite designers?

BO: Jason Wu and Rodarte, but I also love Tory Burch and my guilty pleasure is Juicy Couture.

How To: To get this Fashionista’s look, start off with a simple black dress like this Down and Dotty Dress by ModCloth. Opt for a heavier boot that will last like these Frye Shirley Over-The-Knee Riding Boots. While they have a higher price point, they’re a great investment for New England winters. Feel free to experiment with fur collars, whether in a bright color like this Baby Blue Faux Fur Collar from New York & Company or just a natural brown like this Topshop Faux Fur Collar available at Nordstrom. And, top off the look with a red lip. My favorite option for an everyday red lip is the Benefit Benetint. This light lip stain won’t smear like lipstick or lipgloss.


I’m a huge advocate of the classic black leather jacket. It fits so seamlessly into anyone’s wardrobe. But, this Fashionista was sporting a unique one that had almost a metallic sheen, adding a pop of color to her ensemble. This California native loves to play up a casual outfit with that one standout piece.

Name: Chelsea Bassler

Major: Psychology and Public Relations

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: Where do you usually shop in Boston?

Chelsea Bassler: Normally on Newbury Street where I check out stores like Urban Outfitters and vintage clothing shops like The Closet and Second Time Around.

CF: What’s your favorite item in your closet?

CB: My gray Steve Madden boots that I’ve had for years. I wear them almost every day.

CF: How would you describe your style?

CB: West Coast, laidback and urban.

CF: Who or what inspires the way you dress?

CB: My friends definitely inspire the way I dress. But, as for like an era, I love the ’50s and Audrey Hepburn.

CF: What’s your least favorite fashion trend?

CB: Pant jumpsuits. I can’t stand them.

How To: For a similar look, try these Cheap Monday Second Skin Jeans in black and pair them with some black booties like The Barnwood Boot from Madewell. Go for any cute blouse or top with detailing. Peplum tops are flattering on most bodies because they add curves to a straight body or conceal those few extra pounds added on over the holidays. Try this Black Zip Peplum Top from Dorothy Perkins.


In the cold of winter it’s always refreshing to see someone wearing rich colors, so when I saw this Fashionista I had to take a photo of her. She brightened my day. Now, let her brighten yours too!

Name: Fiona Donovan

Major: Management

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are your favorite places to shop in Boston?

Fiona Donovan: I love going to Newbury Street and stopping by LF and Bobbles and Lace.  They have cool jewelry.

CF: How would you describe your fashion style?

FD: I’m pretty simple, but I like to wear what’s in style.

CF: What is your favorite item in your closet?

FD: I have so many dresses that I love, but my favorite is my teal maxi dress that I used to wear all the time in the summer. There’s something really nice about a flowy, long dress.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

FD: Penny Lane. I like fun stuff. Penny Lane has that, but also has that rock ‘n’ roll vibe. My friends inspire my style as well.

CF: What’s your biggest fashion faux pas?

FD: I don’t get those Isabel Marant ski boots. They make no sense. I actually still think that they are a joke.

CF: What’s your best tip for staying stylish in college?

FD: If you have more separates, you can make a very new look with different items so that you can feel like you have a whole new wardrobe with the same pieces.

How To: To imitate Fiona’s look try a short dress like this Silk Houndstooth Dress from Madewell and then layer it with an oversized flannel. Keep warm with a thick knitted scarf like this Anthropologie Marled Sparkle Loop Scarf and heavy tights like these Anthropologie Dark Grey Opaque Tights. Finish the look off with a statement headpiece like this Braided Wool Hat from NASTY GAL.

STYLE GURU BIO: Laura Childs

Hey guys, I’m back this spring semester as a Style Guru at Boston University one last time. So who’s ready for round two? Before I go into my last semester at BU, I took a stroll down memory lane to see just how far I’ve come from moving across country four years ago. I loved seeing how much my personal style has evolved and my affinity for fashion has intensified.

I’ve always been one to break the rules, but I would describe my style as classic and chic. My motto is you always need one standout item in your outfit, whether it’s a trendy coat,  funky shoes or a pop of lipstick. I love to take simple pieces and combine them into an unconventional outfit. The favorite pieces I have in my closet for spring are a gray peacoat with leather sleeves, a pair of high-waisted Cheap Monday jeans and of course all of the pleated maxi skirts.

I’ve had great experiences in fashion like interning at Vogue in Paris. I loved discovering the fashion capital of the world, but I especially loved coming home and uncovering the hidden gems of Boston fashion as a Style Guru last semester.

In between finishing up my college career in Boston and looking for a job, I’ll be finding the most fashion-forward students for my column FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT every Wednesday. Last semester I was dedicated to finding people who broke the rules of fashion and created street style trends. But, this semester I’m interested in getting first-hand commentary about Boston street style. While I love seeing great outfits, this semester I’ll be bringing you the style and personality behind each of them.