This week’s Fashionista spotlight lands on someone who views personal style not so much as something serious, but rather, as an outlet for enjoyment. Junior Christina Machado says the beauty of fashion is finding your niche within it, and that is exactly what this Fashionista has done.

Machado expresses herself via her wardrobe by selecting staples that she has confidence she’ll always feel great in, and then lets her mood guide the rest. Whether she’s stomping around in her flower-patterned Nike Dunks or donning delicate pearls, Machado puts on a piece of her personality every morning, an opportunity she says you can’t find anywhere else.

To find what fires up this Fashionista’s imagination, CollegeFashionista probes Machado’s personal style and inspirations:

Name: Christina Machado

Major: Biology and Psychology minor

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What do you typically feel most confident wearing?

Christina Machado: I feel most confident wearing skinny jeans or jeggings with a loose fitting shirt. Jeggings especially are so comfortable, so they are always my go-to!

CF: What do you aim to express via your personal style?

CM: I typically express my athletic and laid back style during the week, but other times I love to dress really girly.

CF: What is your favorite trend past or present?

CM: My favorite trend from the past (that’s still seen now) is the blazer trend. I love how sophisticated they look and how they can really make an outfit.

CF: Where do you find your style inspiration?

CM: My style inspiration does not necessarily come from celebrities, but from my friends and family. I tend to observe what girls around my age wear and try to look for similar styles when I shop. I’ll ask my friends or family where they got that piece of clothing or accessory that I fell in love with to get new ideas of where to look and shop.

CF: Do you have any advice for college students in search of their own personal style?

CM: I hope college students can find what they feel most comfortable wearing. They should be able to wear anything that makes them feel most happy and be able to wear it with confidence.

CF: What do you enjoy most about fashion?

CM: Fashion is unique in that one can express their personality through the way they dress. You can pick out who is athletic or girly or hipster just by the different clothing or accessories that they’re wearing. This expression of personality through clothing and accessories is really the beauty of fashion.

How To: Get this Fashionista’s look by pairing this season’s favorite draped vest with classic riding boots for the perfect contrast between stiff and slouchy.

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