FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Carlo Francesco Moreno

To wrap up the semester, or quarter in my case, this Fashionisto stays cozy in a Christmas green crewneck sweater, light-blue corduroy pants and brown Sperry Top-Sider shoes. This rather casual, but fashionable, outfit is perfect for the holidays and family get-togethers.

Name: Carlo Francesco Moreno

Major: Psychology and Art History

Year: Graduate Student

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Carlo Francesco Moreno: Corduroy pants from Urban Outfitters, dark brown leather Sperry Top-Sider shoes and a Tommy Hilfiger dark green sweater.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

CM: Buffalo Exchange, Urban Outfitters and a couple of vintage stores. I randomly go shopping wherever whenever.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

CM: I’d say one of my friends from high school and one of my friends, Stephanie Castro, got me into music. With music I started wearing cooler, funky and trendy clothes. The first bands I started listening to with her were The Smiths and The Cure—a lot of early ‘90s post new wave music.

CF: What is a staple item of your wardrobe?

CM: I have a couple of really cool jackets. I have a plaid green and blue blazer and I also have another pink and white striped suit jacket. I like to mix it up a lot.

CF: What are you excited to wear this season?

CM: My ugly but cool-looking sweaters. They look nice.

How To: This outfit calls for a crewneck sweater with any T-shirt or long-sleeve underneath. If you want a preppy look, wear a collared button-up shirt and pull out the collars so they show on the neckline of the sweater. For bottoms, corduroy pants are a must-have. If you’d rather not wear light-colored pants such as the one this Fashionisto is wearing, maple brown or grey are great alternatives. Last but not least, keep it classy in any pair of Sperry Top-Sider shoes.

FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Alix Politanoff

As I was waiting at the bus stop to go to school, I noticed this Fashionista’s statement necklace. Aside from her gorgeous necklace, I loved how she added a splash of lavender in her rather white-and-beige attire. The richness of her brown bag and her light-brown oxfords blended well with the rest of her outfit.

Name: Alix Politanoff

Major: Anthropology

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Alix Politanoff: I’m wearing Free People corduroy pants, a Sabo Skirt pullover, an Anthropologie anorak, Free People shoes and a Sabo Skirt necklace.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

AP: Free People is my favorite store but I’m also really into Sabo Skirt—the Australian online store. I get a lot of stuff from Nordstrom as well.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

AP: You know we live in California, so I’m really into bohemian, flowy styles. The beach inspires me. I like to add some color to my looks and dress easy and laidback.

CF: What is a staple item of your wardrobe?

AP: Either my blazer from J.Crew or my leather jacket. Those are staples you can wear with anything—dressed up or dressed down.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

AP: Definitely, like I said earlier, bohemian, flowy, beach and colorful—that’s how I’d describe my style.

CF: With this cold weather underway, what trends are you excited to wear?

AP: I’m actually into menswear pants right now. I just bought a pair. I’m really into menswear styles. This season I want to pair my menswear pants with a more feminine top.

How To: This is a cute outfit to keep you cozy on cold December days. Start off with a knit pullover in any color. For pants, go for textured jeans such as corduroy or velvet. Layer up and throw on an anorak in a neutral color and keep your feet warm in lace-up oxfords. Dazzle-up your casual outfit with a unique statement necklace, such as the one this Fashionista is wearing.

FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Rahema Haseeb

This week’s Fashionista is anything but ordinary. The contrast between her black chiffon top and floral pants, the sparkly details of her collar and gold flats come together to make a classy and flirty look.

Name: Rahema Haseeb

Major: Public Health Sciences

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Rahema Haseeb: I just bought these shoes—they’re by Tory Burch as my birthday present. Then I’m wearing floral pants that are from American Eagle Outfitters, a black top to go with it that’s from Forever 21 and these are vintage rings I found at a store in Newport Beach.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

RH: I shop at a bunch of different places. I like to mix cheap things with something more expensive, I feel like I did it today with these shoes and this top. Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Forever 21 are my favorite stores and I can find a lot of good stuff at Nordstrom Rack too.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

RH: I would say my style icon is Lauren Conrad. I look up to her a lot in terms of fashion. I really wanted to go to a fashion school at one point as well but that’s not okay with my parents but I feel like I can express that by the way I dress and other ways, I’m really creative in that sense. Sometimes I don’t dress so girly like Lauren Conrad, but I really like Nicole Richie and the way she dresses. I feel like she has that edge to herself. I just watch shows and get inspiration, like Gossip Girl—everyone that dresses on there is amazing.

CF: What is a staple item of your wardrobe?

RH: I would probably say a good pair of black jeans because you can dress them up or dress them down—and black is my favorite color and everything goes with it like a colorful top or any colored shoes. I definitely have four black jeans and they’re different. It goes with everything.

CF: With autumn here, what trends are you excited to wear?

RH: I’m from the East Coast and winter there is amazing. Before I moved here, I would love getting different types of coats. I’ve seen a lot of coats with toggle buttons on them recently and I just got myself one on Black Friday so I’m excited to wear that once it starts getting a little colder here.

How To: This outfit calls for girly statement pieces. You’ll need a chiffon blouse with a unique collar to it. You can also purchase a flashy collar on its own and wear that on top of a plain colored blouse. Next, you’ll need floral pants, or any patterned pants. This Fashionista opted for a subtler floral pattern, but it doesn’t hurt to rock bolder patterns and colors as well! Complete your outfit with a pair of flats in a neutral yet flashy color, such as gold.

FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Janelle De La Cruz

The '70s is one of my favorite decades, in terms of culture and fashion. With a shearling jean jacket, plaid shirt, velvet bodycon dress and brown leather lace-up boots, this Fashionista looks as if she had just come out of the film Almost Famous. If you've never watched that movie, you must—not only for the story but it may prove useful for fashion inspiration as well.

Name: Janelle De La Cruz

Major: Film

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Janelle De La Cruz: Well the dress is from Cotton On, the boots are from New York, plaid T-shirt from my dad and the jacket is either Hurley or Oakley. I don’t really pay attention to brands; I kind of just put them together.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

JD: Well both my sisters work at American Apparel so I shop in their closets, and H&M and Forever 21

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

JD: I get inspired from films that I like. We’ve been studying the '70s so far so I got the jean jacket. With '90s movies, I pick up grunge, and my older sister, who studied fashion.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

JD: Oh, well it really just depends on the mood. If I’m feeling happy, it’ll be bright colors and if I’m feeling grungy, my style will be grungy. It really just depends on the day.

CF: With this colder weather setting in, what trends are you excited to wear?

JD: I’m excited to start wearing scarves again. I really like wearing dark, deep colors during fall and winter; those are my favorite. And trousers, I love wearing trousers.

How To: Ladies, this is a super fun outfit. With the '70s on your mind, you can create an outfit that is both quirky and cute, such as this one. To start, you’ll need a velvet bodycon dress. Layer up with an oversized plaid shirt and a shearling jean jacket. For the bottom half of your outfit, pull on some tights and polka dot socks. Finally, snug your feet into a comfortable pair of brown leather lace-up boots.

FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Tim Casasola

Gentlemen, shoes can make or break your outfit. I’m confident enough to speak on behalf of the ladies when I say that any girl can appreciate a man with a nice pair of shoes. The key is to invest in one good pair of shoes that is versatile enough to complement multiple outfits. This Fashionisto demonstrates how the perfect pair of shoes can instantly change the look of your outfit.

Name: Tim Casasola

Major: Computer Engineering

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Tim Casasola: I am wearing a flannel from H&M, a shirt from H&M, Levi 508 jeans, Nike Roshe Runs and a Timex Weekender watch.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

TC: I don’t really have a direct icon that inspires me. I get ideas from my friends and even from the music I listen to —artists such as Frank Ocean and Toro Y Moi. I guess I draw influence from people who I think dress well. I do look at blogs here and there, not too often though.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

TC: A number of places: H&M, Old Navy, any thrift stores and online. I like to look for anything that is affordable and has quality.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

TC: I do have a lot of patterned clothes, but I’d like to say my style is thrifty. I like to think of my style as an extension of my personality.

CF: What is a staple item of your wardrobe?

TC: I really like these shoes because they’re very minimalistic and light. A lot of people like Nike Free Runs these days, but these provide more of a clean and simple look.

How To: This outfit is simple and laidback. It calls for a solid-colored T-shirt, neutral-colored pants and a good pair of shoes. This Fashionisto added a pop-of-color to his dark outfit with an unbuttoned red and blue flannel, which serves as light outerwear more than its conventional purpose of a shirt. For shoes, invest in Nike Roshe Runs such as the ones this Fashionisto is sporting, or another pair of classic sneakers. In terms of accessories, a minimalist watch is a must.

FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Rolando Figueroa

This season brings out the best in people’s wardrobe: parkas, circle scarves, button-ups, jeans, beanies and cardigans. Autumn is finally here, or at least, it was the day I photographed this Fashionisto. He has the right cuts, colors and details perfect for this weather.

Name: Rolando Figueroa

Major: Public Health Sciences

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Rolando Figueroa: Today, I’m wearing an H&M long-sleeve shirt with shoulder pads, Ray-Ban prescription eyeglasses, Lucky Brand slim-fit jeans and black Armani army boots.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

RF: Mainly European fashion bloggers. I use Lookbook too.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

RF: I usually shop wherever I find clothes that appeal to me. I don’t have a specific style, I tend to just go back and forth with styles but I mainly shop at H&M, Nordstrom and Zara.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

RF: Eclectic, genuine and very formal.

CF: Now that fall is here, what trends are you excited to wear?

RF: Boots, beanies, sunglasses and blazers.

How To: Gentlemen, this outfit is easy to replicate so long as you pay attention to the details. The perfect alternative to a button-up is simply a long-sleeve shirt and what better way to stand out than having shoulder pads to accentuate it. Pair your long-sleeve shirt with a good pair of dark-washed denim jeans and don’t forget to cuff it at the bottom! Be bold and polish off your outfit with black lace-up combat boots.

FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Peter Ro

Walking around the Humanities side of campus, I spotted this Fashionisto, ironically a biology major, pulling his rad bicycle out from the bike rack. His beige button-up, striped T-shirt, dark denim jeans and choice in shoes captivated me into photographing him.

Name: Peter Ro

Major: Biology

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Peter Ro: Sperry Top-Siders, Zara button-up, Urban Outfitters striped T-shirt and Foreign Exchange jeans.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

PR: I don’t have anyone specific.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

PR: Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Cotton On, Urban Outfitters and Active are where I go most of the time.

CF: With this colder weather coming up, what trends are you excited to wear?

PR: Coats and cardigans. I bought a cardigan but I haven’t been able to wear it. I’m excited to wear thicker clothes.

How To: Guys, the colors and fit of this outfit make it perfect for fall. Start off with dark denim jeans, cuffed or not cuffed at the bottom. Personally, I love the cuffed jeans look because it gives off a casual and quirky touch to your outfit. Do as this Fashionisto and match a striped T-shirt with a neutral colored button-up. I say this outfit is perfect for fall weather because you can easily take off the button-up, when Orange County’s sun beats on you as you’re walking across campus, and still look fashionable. Finish your outfit off with those oh-so popular, but amiable, Sperry Top-Siders. If you really want to stand out, a clean pair of Nike Air Max sneakers will do wonders for your outfit.

FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Brittany Dunn

At 10:16am, I stepped onto the bus. Fortunately, I was able to land a seat instead of standing and having to cling onto the pole for dear life as the bus driver slams on his or her breaks at traffic lights. On my way to change the song on my phone, I noticed wedge sneakers worn by a stylish girl. I knew I had to take this Fashionista’s photo as soon as the bus dropped us off on campus, so I did.

Name: Brittany Dunn

Major: Literary Journalism

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Brittany Dunn: I’m wearing Steve Madden wedge sneakers, H&M paisley-print shorts, H&M bustier and a chambray shirt.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

BD: I shop at department stores like Nordstrom and H&M because my sister works there. I do a lot of online shopping. ASOS is my favorite and I love Zara and LuLu's.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

BD: I love fashion editors so I love Christine Centenera from Harper’s Bazaar Australia. I love Solange; she’s really an eclectic. I love the whole Brooklyn, East Village kind of look. I like menswear. I’m never completely girly so I like a lot of guys’ things, all Billionaire Boys Club kind of street wear.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

BD: I really like accessories so I like big earrings and jewelry. I like things that have an edge, nothing too girly.

CF: What are you excited to wear for this colder weather coming up, or supposed to come up?

BD: I know, right? I really like leather perfecto jackets. I have this awesome Vera Wang burgundy leather two-tiered shearling and it has buckles that come up on the sides. I’m excited for printed pants and, of course, chunky knit sweaters, leather leggings, boots and my wedge sneakers.

How To: This is the perfect outfit for a warm yet breezy day. Start off with a bustier tucked into paisley, or other patterned, high-waisted shorts. Cover up with a light chambray button-up and add a few inches to your height with casual wedge sneakers.

FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Morgan Wilson

This week’s Fashionista is wearing a black chiffon tank tucked into royal blue high-waisted shorts and black lace-up boots. The head wrap, high-waisted shorts and lace-up boots give off that rockabilly vibe you rarely find in the suburbs of Orange County.

Name: Morgan Wilson

Major: Undecided

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Morgan Wilson: The shoes are from the Topanga mall, blue high-waisted shorts from downtown L.A., chiffon black top with gold buttons from downtown L.A. and a Louis Vuitton backpack.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

MW: I guess a lot of celebrities influence my style but so does street wear. I’m from L.A. so a lot of that combines with my style. I’m not really into blogs or magazines just because I don’t want to be in the norm or mainstream but I do like Harper’s Bazaar for high-end fashion ideas to turn into street wear.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

MW: I shop at a lot of boutiques and in downtown L.A. because you can get really cute stuff for cheap.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

MW: I don’t really have a type of style; it depends on my mood. For school I dress casual, but if I go out I like wearing pretty maxi dresses. It all depends on my mood.

CF: What are you excited to wear for the colder weather?

MW: Well I did get a fur coat from Buffalo Exchange so I’m excited to wear that. I do like furs for fall, like brown furs but for winter, I like white furs.

How To: This look is cute and comfortable. For tops, a chiffon tank or a bodysuit tucked into high-waisted shorts will do. High-waisted shorts ranging from cut-off Levi Brand Jeans to leather shorts is essential to this outfit. Snug your feet into a pair of combat boots, tuck your hair into a head wrap and swipe on some red lipstick and you’re good to go!

FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Lam

On a hunt for the most fashionable students, I naturally turned my attention to this Fashionisto’s cuffed pants and suede Oxfords from behind. As I walked past him, I immediately examined his outfit from the front and spotted his gold necklace tucked underneath the collar of his shirt. This Fashionisto had the final touches that distinguished him from the crowd.

Name: Kevin Lam
Major: Chemical Engineering
Year: Junior

CollegeFashionsta: What are you wearing today?

Kevin Lam: I’m wearing Old Navy slacks I tapered, Aldo Oxfords, Old Navy polo with a light skull cross pattern, this gold necklace that I took from my sister and a Nike SB backpack.

CF: Who or what inspires your style?

KL: I’m definitely inspired by Asian styles. I have a term ASS, Asian street style. It’s very utilitarian mixed with street wear – in between street wear and menswear so it’s not as formal as menswear but it’s as casual as street wear.

CF: Where do you usually shop?

KL: I shop everywhere. I think it’s important to not tie yourself down to a certain store. So I’ll go to Macy’s, Old Navy and outlets. I think outlets are great, you can go to North Face and get a button-down and go to Nike and get shoes. It’s really about taking the time to find pieces at specific spots.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

KL: I think I kind of just choose things that catch my eye. I definitely like buying classic pieces because they’ll always work even if fashion changes. You can always wear a button-down or khakis, they’re versatile and you can mix them up with colors and different accessories depending on if you want an edgier or a sophisticated look. Just choosing classic pieces allows you greater versatility in your wardrobe so you don’t have to have a lot of clothes, you can just mix and match and come up with a lot of different outfits and styles.

CF: With the colder weather coming up, what trends are you looking forward to?

KL: Camo, leopard print and outerwear. The possibility of layering; I think that’s the biggest fall trend that I’m most excited for. Just having hints of patterns under outerwear and being able to wear something exciting.

How To: Gentlemen, this outfit is all in the details. Match any short-sleeve polo with a good pair of slim fitting pants. Cuff up your pants to show off those neat socks of yours and to showcase your suede Oxfords. In terms of accessories, a simple watch will go nicely or if you want to go bold, complement your polo shirt with a gold statement necklace, such as the one this Fashionisto is rockin’.