I spotted this Fashionista on a side street in SoHo, hitting the shops on Broadway for some retail therapy after a long day of interning. I loved how her pairing of a brightly colored patterned dress contrasted with a soft pastel pink cardigan. Her outfit is perfectly work appropriate, but cute and trendy enough to fit in with the street style fashion of one of New York’s hippest neighborhoods.

Name: Kerri Holbrook

Major: Communications

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where are the pieces from?

Kerri Holbrook: My dress is from Free People, my cardigan from J.Crew, Jack Rogers sandals and an Annabel Ingel tote bag.

CF: What are your favorite places to shop?

KH: Like most college-aged girls, I love Free People, Urban Outfitters, J.Crew and Lululemon. While studying abroad, I got hooked on Zara and it has easily become one of my favorites. A major perk (or downfall) of interning in New York City this summer, specifically in SoHo, is the Zara location on Broadway! 

CF: What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory you own?

KH: My chambray shirt from Fossil. I bought it on a whim when denim shirts became all the rage and it has become an absolute staple because of its versatility. It can be dressed up or down. I love wearing it with my favorite pair of patterned Current/Elliot jeans or over a dress to work.

CF: What inspires your style? 

KH: Like all Fashionistas, I love and admire Man Repeller. I am also inspired by other street style blogs, such as The Sartorialist and, of couse, CollegeFashionista! 

CF: How has your style evolved since being in college?

KH: College has taught me to better assess the value of clothes not monetarily, but for what they will add to my wardrobe. I think more of my wardrobe as a whole than needing to have one specific item because it is on-trend right now. I am all about buying nicer staple pieces that will last longer and be in my closet forever rather than a bunch of cheap clothes that will last only a season or two. 

How To: This Fashionista preaches quality over quantity, and I couldn’t agree more. We college students are always on a budget and while it can seem attractive to stock up your closet with cheaper, trendier pieces, consider the alternative and invest in well-made staples that will withstand the test of time and fast-fading trends. Splendid is one of my favorite brands to splurge on. The softness of their fabrics plus the flattering cuts of their tops and cardigans make me swoon. Although they’re pricier, you’re sure to get your cost-per-wear out of pieces like this cardigan, this DVF shift dress and this J.Crew blazer. All can be dressed up or down for night, day, play or work.

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