I have horrid memories of the mandatory dress blazer from my freshman year of high school. When I made the transition from public school to private school, I had to forgo the freedom to style myself and that, to me and I’m sure all of you former private school kids, seemed like the worst thing that could possibly happen. In my mind, getting dressed every morning was an unpleasant, redundant routine: tights, plaid skirt, oxford shirt, blazer, penny loafers.

But looking back, my uniform was actually pretty stylish and taught me to utilize accessories as a means of personal expression, for which I will be forever grateful. Now that I have an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for my high school years, I occasionally throw on my senior year monogrammed cardigan over a pair of jeans, a tank and a statement necklace when I over-snooze my alarm and only have five minutes to get dressed. Hey, that’s the life of a CollegeFashionista.

You don’t have to be a former private school child to see that Fashionista Alicia Leone’s look is super chic. Alicia clearly understands that collegiate monogrammed blazers are just as relevant now as they were in the 1950s. She revamped the Dead Poets Society look by adding on-trend dark red jeans and oversized dark framed glasses, something any Fashionista can do. So my wonderful readers, take a cue from Alicia and bring the collegiate look back to campus — maybe even show it off while standing on your desk saluting, “Oh captain, my captain.”

Name: Alicia Leone

Major: Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Alicia Leone: I try to keep my style a sort of “modern classic,” but I like to incorporate a modern edge with interesting accessories.

CF: What are your go-to stores?

AL: For basics, I go to American Apparel, Zara and J.Crew. I also do a lot of online shopping, especially on ASOS, and I love spot sale websites like Rue La La.

CF: What is your favorite spring trend?

AL: Pastels. I really like certain pastels and I love the idea of wearing all different pastels together in one look. It’s important that you know which pastels look good on you, though — I wish I could wear that ice blue and I wish it worked with my skin tone, but I stay away from it because I know it doesn’t.

CF: What is your biggest fashion “don’t”?

AL: Don’t wear heels if you can’t walk in them.

CF: What do you consider the importance of fashion to be?

AL: I think fashion is a great way of showing your personality and overall attitude. Fashion can bring people together and is a great way to strengthen a friendship. If other people take the effort to look good, you should too out of respect. Don’t wear pajamas and sweats to class; save it for the gym.

How To: To get this collegiate look, start with a monogrammed blazer, or if you want to get crafty with it sew your family’s crest onto the pocket of a tailored blazer. Make sure you pick a blazer with great gold accents, like the gold buttons on Alicia’s. Keep the rest of the look simple with a plain white tee, rich colored jeans and a pair of simple black oxfords or loafers.

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