It’s hot, hot, hot! Summer is in full swing and the heat waves, to quote Miley Cyrus’ latest hit, can’t stop! This Fashionista keeps it cool in a black jersey maxi dress, a lace crop top and gladiator sandals. She shares her insights on the evolvement of her personal style throughout college and tips to stay cool, stylish and business casual this summer.
Name: Colleen Thibeault
Major: Accounting
Year: Senior
CollegeFashionista: What inspires your style?
Colleen Thibeault: The clothes I wear typically reflect the type of day I have planned. My style is inspired by whatever is going on around me that day and it especially adapts to where I am currently living. My style can vary widely depending on if I am at home with flannels in Maine, dressing for class at Nova or going business formal to my internship.
CF: What’re you wearing and where is it from?
CT: I’m wearing a black maxi stolen from a friend’s suitcase, crop lace top from TJs, shoes from Steve Madden and bag from Urban Expressions.
CF: What is a favorite item of clothing you own?
CT: My favorite piece is one of my five white and off-white sweaters. There is nothing about a comfy, baggy light-colored sweater I can resist aka why I keep buying more. They go perfectly with everything and anything you try it with. A close second is either my jean jacket or high-waisted shorts — an excellent pairing to one of my white sweaters.

CF: How has your style evolved throughout college?

CT: From freshman year until now I think the biggest change is the confidence I have with what I wear. I went into college refusing to buy anything until I got there because I wanted to be able to match the current trend among my classmates. Now I stick to my casual and comfortable style and just adapt to the situation — whether it’s cleaning up the look for work or throwing in a single bright piece to go out in.

CF: How do you stay trendy, keep cool in the summer heat and be work appropriate all in the same look?

CT: I think dresses are the key, especailly with summer internships because they are so easy and comfortable. Ann Taylor Loft, especially, sells perfect work dresses that have modest cuts with cute colors and prints. Her dresses are extremely versatile to accessorize with. I travel Monday through Thursday so I typically wear the same dresses each week but to change the look up, I bring in a new sweater, jacket, heels or statement necklace to pair it with.

How To: Achieve this Fashionista’s effortlessly stylish look by rocking a maxi skirt or dress and gladiators. If you love accessorizing like I do, mirror this Fashionista’s look and try a vest paired with a tank tucked into a long maxi skirt. I love this floral, chiffon TopShop maxi paired with a plain white J. Crew tank and this jean vest from Nordstrom.

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