All my life I have been given titles. While I had some power in the direction I was headed from grade school to college, I never realized until post graduation, that from the age of six to twenty-two student titles are pretty predictable. I went from eighth grade “class president” to sophomore in high school “junior varsity soccer player” to freshman year of college “member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.” After spending a couple days post graduation perusing through old high school yearbooks and composite pictures, however, I realized that no longer are my titles a result of the educational institutions from which I have commenced. Instead, the titles I acquire over the next chapter of my life will be solely determined by me.
With this being said, my next journey begins as the Visual Merchandising Intern for Bellevue Nordstrom in Washington—A title I fought hard for, and am very proud to identify with. Some of my duties include executing window displays, ensuring fixtures and lighting are on track, and styling mannequins. I work with incredible people who exemplify the meaning of teamwork on a daily basis and have welcomed me with open arms. CollegeFashionista helped prepare me for this endeavor as a visual merchandiser must stay up to date on current trends and fashions and present those in a visually pleasing manner. Graduation was undoubtedly daunting, but I couldn’t be happier with where I have ended up thus far.
While I cannot downplay the importance of the titles of the positions you will acquire after graduation, perhaps the more important titles are the ones completely in your power—ones that lead me to get my internship. Are you a team player? A hard worker? Are you motivated? Put your focus on these titles and the job titles will eventually follow.
Now as for my favorite title? “Best Dressed” my senior year of high school. Let’s hope that one sticks around…Good luck to all the new writers and I promise—the real world isn’t so bad!
It seems like every day is a celebration as graduation approaches for University of Washington seniors. Graduation party invites are in route, announcements have been sent, and commencement robes are awaiting their debut down the runway toward that much anticipated certificate of departure. What may be overshadowed in light of graduation festivities, however, is the party that has been stirring up on campus. It is a denim-clad party populated by jean jackets and jhorts—it is in fact, a jarty.
Most Fashionista’s probably feel that, at times, their significant other could use some style advice. If that’s the case, this featured Fashionisto has some very valuable, not to mention fashionable, recommendations for all you boys out there. I spotted this inspirational Fashionisto walking on University Avenue. He had a positive aura and a personal swagger worth photographing.
His outfit is the perfect prototype for male springtime-wear. It’s simple and carefree yet polished and put together. His denim jacket is what truly tips this student into the “Fashionisto” category. Jean jackets have made significant strides in recent months. From retail stores to campus hotspots, students are taking advantage of this versatile outerwear option. While females have a wider range of options conducive to a denim jacket, males can easily exercise this look. Denim on denim is a possibility if you can pull it off, but most students should utilize khaki and denim, as demonstrated by this Fashionisto. It is a safe alternative to denim on denim and provides for a balance between tough functionality and easygoing comfort. His stark white tennis shoes add an additional element to this student’s ambiance of fresh, clean and sophisticated.
The only thing allowed to cheat on you this season is your pants. You may have believed they were solely under your possession, but beware of the spread of cropped pants as the trend continually catches hold with the masses. It was originally very rare I would spot someone on campus talented enough to pull off this look as it can most often resemble the final product of a so called "nerd" who neglected to correctly measure the inseam of his pants. As you can see from the photographed duo, however, students are finally getting the picture. As more students catch hold, brace yourself for serial cheating from the cropped pants you once thought unique to you.
Paired together, this Fashionisto and Fashionista tell a story of acceptance. Probably the best solution is the one portrayed here: if you can't tame the beast, learn to live with it. This twosome made a fantastic decision to flaunt the trend together and did a perfect job rocking it. Cropped pants may be running rampant on campus but you can stand out of the crowd if you exercise your creative stylistic capabilities, similar to this duo. Although both looks revolve around the same trend, these two students look unique in their own way, and not because of their conflicting gender roles. While this Fashionista paired her pants with a vintage cropped denim jacket, our featured Fashionisto opted for a button up and boyfriend sweater. Both students chose complementary footwear: below the ankle in order to maintain some length and flattery.
There is one trend in particular this spring that I can’t live without: bell bottom jeans. I have made it known to most of my close friends how important it is they notify me at first sight of any high waisted bell bottom jeans available for purchase. They are simply a spring wardrobe must-have. Thankfully I spotted this Fashionista because she had just the answer I was looking for. Her high waisted flared pants were accompanied with a flirty blouse and vintage chunky belt along with hoop earrings and a middle part that added an extra flare to her '70s friendly look.
My initial envy only momentarily preceded my excitement of the possibility that this Fashionista might indulge me with directions to the retail home of her covetable bell bottom jeans. After all, it is hard to find the perfect pair, especially a pair long enough to cover sky-high wedges and still just conveniently graze the floor. High-waisted bell bottom jeans are an essential for many reasons. The most important being their ability to flatter any figure. Pants tight around the thigh and heavily flared at the bottom are slimming for any body type. Throw in a pair of high wedges or heels and these pants give anyone that extra element of length.
Eggs weren’t the only thing showing off pastel colors this Easter. I spotted this dapper Fashionisto perusing University Avenue on beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon. His watercolor-like palette brought me back to post morning thoughts of pastel colored eggs peeking out of conspicuous hiding places, vibrant bundles of jelly bellies, and other colorful Easter morning traditions. This Fashionisto’s outfit obviously fit with the holiday very appropriately.
When it is sunny in Seattle, Fashionista’s hit the streets. The University of Washington Quad, Red Square, and University Avenue become hotspots for trend setters and style mavens. I was more than happy to come across this Fashionista on my weekly hunt. Her outfit definitely kept me grounded in the Seattle mindset. After all, the rain never leaves us for good, so why should our rain boots? It’s a perspective I’ve never had before but with such an emphasis on contrast in the fashion world, why can’t rain boots be worn in the sun?
The most popular fashion statement on campus right now is a statement of individuality. Style is no longer solely determined by fashion designers and celebrity trend setters, it is defined by the individual and it has reached a more dynamic level than ever before.
Until recently, the only skirt I would have ever suggested pairing with converse tennis shoes would have been the pleated uniform skirt I wore in grade school—and only because, at that age, a fashion faux pas is generally acceptable. This Fashionista’s successful mix of converse, silk, and leather, however, leads me to believe that individuality is indeed the most inspirational strategy to style. Clearly, if done right, converse can be paired with more than a uniform skirt. In fact, the unconventionality of this Fashionista’s converse with her silk skirt and opaque black tights is a fashion statement worth imitating.
The converse shoes ultimately work because of one crucial selling point: the high top. High tops scream punk while the silk skirt screams chic. The two together echo punk chic. The leather jacket pulls the look together, reinstating a harder element after the softer break up provided by this student’s romantic skirt. She definitely knew what she was doing with this one.
I love this Fashionista’s play on polka dots. She isolated the pattern to one piece of clothing and made sure the other elements of her outfit complemented her dress. The pop of color provided by her scarf draws the perfect amount of attention. I love taking neutral colored patterns, primarily those involving shades of white and black, and throwing in something solid and bold to add some variation and excitement. This Fashionista’s crossbody bag, knee high socks and high waisted belt definitely add some stylish flare to her ensemble.
The 70’s are back. Cross-body bags, wide brimmed hats, chunky accessories, bell bottom jeans and of course long flowing locks with a middle part accent are all indicators of the influential generation past. This Fashionista’s t-shirt with the patched “1979” print says it all. The 70’s was a time full of hippie kids advocating for world peace and environmentalism. Wardrobes followed this simplistic mindset with punk t-shirts and everything denim.
Although some critics knock seventies style, it is my absolute favorite era for fashion. I live in my huge bell bottom jeans, which I purchased two years ago to complement my middle part and chunky wedges. Catching this Fashionista’s seventies vibe on camera then, was a very exciting moment for me. I love her gold arm jewelry mixed with her vintage t-shirt. I especially love how she paired her mini shorts with an unexpected pair of rugged ankle boots. This Fashionista’s unique twist truly epitomizes the influential era of individualism.