I could not have been more excited upon seeing this week’s Fashionista’s outfit and its gorgeous silhouette. The second I saw the tulle skirt, my heart almost melted, as I have a very big soft spot for any dancer-like clothing, and after thinking of Degas, I immediately hear the Sex and the City theme song in my head. Of course Ava stated it was her inspiration! Originally from Gainesville, a small town in Georgia, Ava made the boldness of her Southern Belle style (love for leather, chambray and a full skirt) into something that is chic and city-appropriate. From her experience in fashion journalism to costume design, Ava is heavily inspired by all the city has to offer. So rainy day? Do like this week's fashionista and keep calm and Carrie on.
Major: Art History
CollegeFashionista: Where is everything you're wearing from?
Ava Goble: Booties: Anthropologie, Skirt: Anthropologie, Chambre Shirt: Madewell , Leather Jacket: Italy, Florence Leather Market Backpack: Italy, Florence Leather Market
CF: What/who inspired your look?
AG: My outfit today was most definitely inspired by Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. I was watching a rerun, as I was getting ready today. It’s raining out, and in the opening credits Carrie splashes through a puddle in her famous tulle dress. I thought I’d do the same.
CF: How would you describe your personal style?
AG: I would consider my style classic with an eclectic twist. I think that beauty lies in understated, classic pieces, but I like to spice it up a bit with something like a tulle skirt!
CF: How did growing up in the south influence your style?
AG: For most of high school my school required us to wear uniforms. I would always read magazines and wish that I could experiment with the new trends. I drew a lot of inspiration from Gossip Girl and wore a lot of headbands and trendy styles over my uniform. A couple times a year my mom and I would drive to Atlanta to stock up on clothes.
CF: Do you think moving to NYC for college changed your style, how?
AG: Moving here I feel like I live in a magazine. Walking around I’m constantly getting inspiration for new outfits, but I also think that living here has driven me to develop a more solidified personal style. My freshman year I was constantly chasing street trends. I got somewhat overloaded with the resources out there and have instead learned to trust my own personal style.
CF: Where do you usually look for fashion inspiration?
AG: In general I look to classic Old Hollywood actresses for inspiration. I love how Audrey Hepburn wore the styles of the 1950s while still personalizing her look. I can’t wait to go see the Katharine Hepburn costume exhibition at Lincoln Center! My favorite field of art history is Historical Costumes. Maybe that’s why I pull so much from earlier periods.
How To: The obvious focal point of Ava’s outfit is her full tulle skirt. If you are more petite or not quite ready to embrace the fullness of a romantic tutu skirt equivalent, you're lucky that tulle skirts are right on trend in a variety of lengths. Pair with a chambray top, suede ankle booties and your favorite leather jacket to emulate the look. While Italy may be a little far to access the beautiful leather pieces Ava has, New York City has an array of leather street vendors who tool similar styles. No street artisans in your city? Urban’s got you covered with this leather backpack!