FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Allison Welch

This Fashionista always catches my eye when I spot her in the studio arts building on campus. She has a style all her own and has impressed me with her ability to layer and piece together vintage, one of a kind looks. This Fashionista makes way for fun, comfortable and of course, fashion-forward looks for class. The key to this great style is layering. Layering a cardigan over a dress and throwing on a pair of tights can allow you to wear your favorite spring dress even when there is snow on the ground. Layering your outfits also makes a look unique to your own style.

Name: Allison Welch

Major: Photography

Year: Grad Student, 3rd year

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?

Allison Welch: 1950s silhouette updated slightly for the 21st century.

CF: What inspires your style?

AW: My hips. And Vogue.

CF: What is this winter's must-have item for you?

AW: Anything warm. Peacoats, knit or woven dresses, high boots — I try not to let the Iowa winters force me into jeans and a sweatshirt.

CF: Do you have any advice for other CollegeFashionistas?

Allison Welch: Ladies! Gents! Spice things up a little! Dare to put on that extra accessory, layer patterns and textures or just go out on a limb.

How To: Dig out your favorite spring dress or find a cute one on ModCloth. This dress should make a statement about you and the type of style that you portray. Find a cute cardigan or knit sweater in a solid color to layer over the dress. Gap has a variety of sweaters to chose from. Last but not least, a pair of opaque tights will complete your head-to-toe look. Don't forget to accessorize! Belts help cinch the waist and makes your outfit look polished. Pulling off this look is about staying true to your style, so wear what makes you feel good!

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