I feel like I am always writing about the rainy, groggy days in Foggy Bottom and how people can make rainy-day apparel… sunny! Maybe it’s because the storms come unexpectedly or maybe because I have horrible luck, who knows? However, what I do know is that GW students know how to work it through the raindrops, a very important skill for living here in the District. I spotted this Fashionista frolicking through a mid-day shower with her George Washington umbrella and adorable Burberry rainboots. While all of the cold and wet students passed by, the 'Girl with the Red Woven Scarf' chatted with me about her rain-proof outfit.
Name: Amanda Campen
Major: Six Year BA/JD Program: Political Science and Public Policy Focus
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing on this fabulously muggy day?
Amanda Campen: My top and scarf are both from Free People. My necklace and leggings are from Forever 21 and my rain boots are Burberry!
CF: What is your favorite outfit for a rainy day?
AC: My favorite outfit for a rainy day is something comfortable, warm and fabulous. I like for my shirts and leggings to be a bit darker to match my rainboots, but I also like to wear a bright hat, scarf or piece of jewelry. Just because it is gloomy, doesn't mean you have to look gloomy, too!
CF: What is your favorite fall look?
AC: My favorite fall look would include a pair of leggings, high boots, a tank top and cardigan. You have to have those layers!
CF: Who are your style inspirations?
AC: My style inspirations are my mommy, Emma Watson and Audrey Hepburn. My mother, like all mothers, is brutally honest, especially about what I am wearing. To her, her little baby is always beautiful no matter what she is wearing. She taught me that what you wear is not to impress others, but to impress yourself. I love how Emma Watson always looks elegant and, most of all, comfortable! I think that an outfit is not at all worth it, no matter how gorgeous it is, if it is not comfortable. When you are comfortable in your own clothes, you automatically shine. Audrey Hepburn is simple elegance and a risk taker. When she pulled out those skinny jeans in Funny Face, they were, believe it or not, not the fashion norm at the time. She exemplifies bravery and feeling good in your own skin. When those two qualities combine, one can pull off anything!
CF: How would you describe your overall style?
AC: I would describe my overall style as preppy-hipster. Coming from a conservative town in FL and then moving to DC, I feel as though my wardrobe is a mesh of the two fashion genres. One day I will end up wearing my plaid button-down shirts and ripped skinny jeans with my clunky gold watch, and the next I will wear my Ralph Lauren dress with my Ray-Ban eye glasses and textured tights.
How To: What drew me to Amanda’s outfit was the first glance at her scarf. I love the colors and pattern, but I also love the fact that it is a circle scarf and wraps fully around her neck. They are great for winter and windy days, as you do not need to worry about the ending strands to the scarf blowing around you or constantly re-wrapping it. I love the scarves found at both Free People and Urban Outfitters. They are super comfy and stylish. After her scarf, my eyes went straight to her boots. They were not the traditional Hunter Rain Boots (although I do love them!); Amanda’s boots were rubber on the sole and top of her foot, and then wool up the leg in the traditional Burberry pattern. These were classy rain boots, not only perfect for a walk through the rain, but for any occasion — dressy or casual — where it happens to be wet and raining. I love the Burberry Check Wool Weather Boots, but if you want a less expensive alternative, Hunter Rain Boots are very handy on campus for rainy days and they also come with adorable Fleece Welly Socks, which add a hip look to the boot. Additionally, leggings similar to the ones on this Fashionista can be found at American Apparel. Their leggings are long lasting and of good quality with a variety to choose from! Pair it with a simple shirt and an umbrella to match (obviously) and you are ready to tackle the rain!