I think every Fashionista’s closet needs a statement dress that can stand-alone and look fabulous. This stylish lady’s dress does just that. With a crochet bodice, flowy fit and bold color, this garment looks great paired with simple items. A piece like this with such character is perfect for a casual day. Add only sandals, an everyday bag and a summer tan and you are in business.

Name: Monique Martinez

Major: Graphic Communication

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Monique Martinez: I would describe my style as casual chic.

CF: What do you like to wear during the summertime?

MM: I like to keep it comfortable and easy during the summer. My go-to summer outfit is a flowy tank with lace embellished shorts and sandals.

CF: What is one item in your closet that you cannot live without?

MM: I could not live without my Frankie B. jeans.

CF: Where are your favorite places to shop?

MM: I like to shop at Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s and Anthropologie. 

CF: What are you most looking forward to this summer? 

MM: I am looking forward to my trip to Kauai with my family and friends!

How To: Free People makes chic summer dresses that have a lot of personality and are sure to be showstoppers. If you are on a college student budget like me however, that brand may not always be affordable. Check your local Nordstrom Rack for discounted dresses or try fast fashion brands like Forever 21 for unique but inexpensive seasonal finds. Pair your statement piece with some sandals and light jewelry for a casual look.

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