FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Dakota Whitworth

This week's Fashionista proves that sometimes less is more. I spotted Dakota while shopping in Newport, RI and instantly fell in love with her preppy ensemble. She looked adorable in her simple striped sundress and J.Crew flip flops. While she kept her accessories minimal, her metallic Tory Burch clutch added a subtle edge to her outfit. What stood out most about Dakota, along with her impeccable style, was her confidence. She was truly comfortable in what she was wearing and that was reflected in her bright smile.

Name: Dakota Whitworth

Major: Public Relations

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Dakota Whitworth: Feminine and classic, but also preppy and fun.

CF: What is your style inspired by?

DW: I absolutely love old Hollywood, and will always wish it was acceptable to dress like Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe for every occasion. Since that isn't always the case, I am usually inspired by both what my favorite designers are showing this season and what my best friends are wearing.

CF: What is your definition of a Fashionista/o?

DW: Someone who has great unique style that reflects who they are as a person.

CF: If you could have any celebrity's wardrobe whose would you choose and why?

DW: Blake Lively. Honestly I just want the whole costume wardrobe of Gossip Girl, but that aside she has the ability to keep that girly all-American charm in her style, while also always looking glamorous and sexy. It's the perfect balance, I am always envious of her outfits.

CF: What is your go-to outfit for a day at the beach?

DW: A cute bandeau bikini with an easy sundress over it, and of course a colorful beach bag.

CF: What is one trend you would like to see become popular this summer?

DW: I am obsessed with the girly florals out this season and anything backless.

CF: Do you have any advice for the aspiring Fashionista/os out there?

DW: Always have fun with beauty and dress in a way that makes you feel confident. Happy girls are the prettiest girls.

How To: To recreate Dakota's darling ensemble, let your sundress do all the talking. This season is perfect for incorporating bright colors and bold prints into one's wardrobe. Lilly Pulitzer is every preppy girl's secret to achieving a fun and flirty look for summer. One of my personal favorite sundresses by Lilly is the Tylar Dress. I love how the print takes the typical nautical stripe and makes it unique.

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