Punk/gothic influences are becoming more prevalent in fashion today. Many designers are sticking to a darker aesthetic following a tradition set by the late Alexander McQueen. While shopping in a local boutique, I spotted this Fashionista rocking her own punk inspired designs. Read on to find out more about her spontaneously punk inspired style.

Student:  Bridgett Ngo

Major: Fashion Merchandising

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Bridgett Ngo: My personal style definitely has loads of neutral tones incorporated into my outfits. I wear a lot of gray, black and white. I am into being casual with a kick of edginess. I love pairing my Dr. Martens and UNIF Hellraisers with any of my outfits.

CF: What is your favorite store and why?

BN: Though I like to shop at many stores, I would have to say Brandy Melville is my favorite.

CF: How would you describe your perfect summer outfit?

BN: My perfect summer outfit would be high-waisted shorts and a basic cropped top with my khaki shirt over it. I’d pair that outfit with my UNIF Hellraisers, my stone necklaces and an assortment of rings on my fingers. Maybe a bowler hat, too, as an added accessory.

CF: Does your personal style reflect in your designs?

BN: I wouldn’t say my personal style is totally reflected in my designs because a lot of my outfits are self-made. Honestly, so far, I have just been making dresses and I do not wear dresses that often. The only thing that I have created so far that has been incorporated into my everyday dress would be the black maxi skirt with a slit featured in these pictures.

CF: Do you have any advice for Fashionistas on a budget?

BN: I would advise Fashionistas to go to thrift stores. Many thrift stores have gotten so much more organized than they were in the past and convenient in which to browse. I found a cute pair of ankle booties for $8 and I swear they were never worn. Stores like Uptown Cheapskate sell clothes that you would buy at the mall, but at a cheaper price. People sell their new or gently used clothes there. I also find myself buying clothes at the sale section in stores because the clothes are incredibly affordable and cute. Another thing I would add is not to be afraid to make things yourself. There are plenty of DIY videos on YouTube that teach you how to make things.

How To: To replicate this Fashionista’s look, try pairing a cropped top and a maxi skirt. Finish off the look with studded loafers and a fringe bag.

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