This week’s Fashionista represents the essence of true street style. She isn’t pining after the newbies that just hit the runway or trying to copy an exact look. Rather, she is inspired by a little bit of the past (both a personal past and the past in general), the grunge movement and her surroundings and a little bit of lipstick. She won’t be wearing the latest ‘it’ bag because she doesn’t need to. She has true personal style that doesn’t depend on the trend.

Name: Violet Richardson

Year: Freshman

Major: Undecided

CollegeFashionista: Who is your style role model? Who inspires your style?

Violet Richardson: I’m inspired by my mom circa 1991 and ’90s fashion in general.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

VR: I’m not sure how I would describe my style. Maybe moderate grunge. My general goal is warmth and comfort.

CF: What trends are you looking forward to for spring?

VR: I really love how a lot of floral patterns are starting to come out as spring approaches. I love flowers and floral patterns have come a long way. 

CF: How do you stay chic in the freezing cold?

VR: I have no secret. It’s a happy accident. Bright lipstick never hurts though. 

CF: Who is your favorite designer? Why?

VR: I know next to nothing about the real fashion world. I’m inclined to say Chanel because Audrey Tautou played her in a movie.

How To: There is no perfect formula for recreating authentic street style because it comes from having inherent style. However, a good place to start is by stocking your closet with basics. Begin with black and white before building: a black pair of jeans and a well-made white T-shirt is a great blank canvas for an insane piece of jewelry or a vintage bag. When in doubt, follow this Fashionista’s advice and wear bright lipstick.

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