Cut-off shorts are a summer staple that seem to become more and more popular every year. With the warm weather here to stay, denim shorts are a versatile, must-have item. While many girls choose to keep the look casual with a T-shirt and flip flops, today’s Fashionista adds some flair with a patterned top, ballet flats and a vibrant headband. Even in basic jean shorts, her unique personal style shines through!

Name: Cleo Rochat

Major: Undecided

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: How has your style changed since coming to Emory?

Cleo Rochat: I think since coming to college my style has gotten more independent from other people's. I care more about making my outfit useful for the activities in the day, and less about following other people's lead. It has definitely made style more unique than it was in high school.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

CR: I think my style reflects my personality — it’s eclectic and fun, yet I like to keep it simple.

CF: What was your most recent splurge item, and why did you decide to finally buy it?

CR: I just bought a nice pair of black heels that I had been eyeing for a while. I know I will get a lot of use out of them, and they go with almost every outfit!

CF: Are there any people or celebrities who inspire your fashion choices?

CR: My best friend from high school has an amazing sense of style. He always helped me put together outfits and challenged me to branch out and be adventurous when adding new items to my wardrobe. Everyone check out his blog!

CF: What is your go-to outfit when you’re tight on time?

CR: Something simple. Usually when I'm running late, I put my hair up and throw on a headband to make the outfit cuter and my hair less messy!

How To: Start with a great pair of denim shorts and your possibilities are endless. Of course, you can keep it cool and casual with a simple t-shirt and sandals, or you can easily add some spunk with a patterned blouse and fun accessories. Although it may seem like every person on campus is wearing cut-off shorts, it is easy to incorporate your unique style. Try an unusual wash or choose a pair with unique details and you will definitely stand out. Accessories are an easy way to transform any outfit, so experiment with a metallic sandal or a bright headband.

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