There are many questions to ask upon landing a fashion internship—what will my co-workers be like? What can I do to improve the company? And, here’s where we can help, what should I wear? This Fashionista, FIT graduate and experienced fashion buyer revealed her best style secrets for in and out of the workplace. By mixing quality basics with edgier, trendy pieces, this Fashionista maintains an easily transformed and timeless wardrobe.

Name: Julia Nicolella

Major: Fashion Merchandising Management

Year: Graduate (’10)

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?

Julia Nicolella: My style is classic with an edge.

CF: What are you wearing today?

JN: I’m wearing an EQUIPMENT silk top, rag & bone jeans, an H&M blazer, a black leather Givenchy bag and Dolce Vita flats.

CF: What are some of your favorite websites for fashion inspiration? 

JN: I frequently browse Forward by Elyse Walker, Shopbop, Singer22, NET-A-PORTER and Intermix.

CF: What piece in your wardrobe are you most confident in? 

 JN: I always feel best in my crisp white Theory button-down Larissa shirt.

CF: What advice would you give to a student trying to establish his or her own sense of style? 

JN: Wear whatever makes you feel confident. I like buying great basics to start and layering on edgy pieces like an accessory or a print. I worked in contemporary high end retail for three years and time after time young girls would come in and want the “it” top or dress for the season. When you’re shopping on a budget and building a wardrobe, the best thing to do is to go for quality versatile pieces that you can get a lot of use out of. A great black blazer, for example, can be worn to interview or layered with or the perfect pant or jean. 

How To: Take this Fashionista’s advice and invest in high end basics. Quality pieces add to a polished and always-professional look and can be worn for longer periods of time than on-trend fashion statements, like a high-low dress. Instead, invest in neutral and quality basics, like her black leather bag, a good paid of dark jeans, a simple jacket or a white blazer.

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