This week’s Fashionista appreciates all shades of the style spectrum. From clean cut classics to chic 70’s statements, Deanna Minasi borrows inspiration from a variety of style eras and icons.

This week, Minasi trims an academic-inspired ensemble with feminine frills to create the ultimate everyday look. She pairs a deep turquoise velvet blazer with crème-colored silk to create contrast against gray denim and chestnut riding boots. A variety of textures combined with a neutral color palette provide her casual ensemble with a hint of character. Finished with an oversized gold watch and delicate pendant necklace, this Fashionista’s look makes the most of subtle details and simple staples.

To find out what inspires Minasi’s style smorgasbord, CollegeFashionista picks her brain about her wardrobe and how it has evolved:

Name: Deanna Minasi

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: Where do you typically find your style inspiration?

Deanna Minasi: I find inspiration simply by observing the people around me. You see a lot of trends on TV, in fashion blogs and such, but you really don’t know how something is going to look until you see it in the environment you’d be wearing it in. So I use my classmates, strangers, really anyone I come across as a blueprint. If I like the look, I’ll try it out for myself, adding my own twist.

CF: Has living in New York City influenced your style at all?

DM: I think it’s impossible to live in a fashion capital and not be influenced by the persistent overload of fashion. Whether you’re walking to class or walking through the city, you’re constantly exposed to so many different types of styles, each with their own unique appeal. I think the most important thing the city has done for me, in regards to fashion, is open my mind. I now find myself less apprehensive to try new styles and I’m more confident in wearing bold and interesting pieces.

CF: What is your favorite trend past or present?

DM: I really like the bohemian glamour of the '70s, with the flowy peasant blouses, oversized sunglasses and floppy hats, the platform sandals and, of course, the wide-leg trousers. Although I’d much rather do a skinny jean with a tall boot, I admire anyone who can pull off '70s chic.

CF: Do you have a signature look or piece you couldn't go without?

DM: I've always liked to wear jewelry, but recently I've really grown attached to my watch. It’s a really easy accessory to throw on that looks sophisticated and classy, yet trendy and bold.

CF: What do you enjoy most about fashion?

DM: I like the fact that fashion, although never staying the same, can be sort of born-again. I like that the styles my mom wore when she was in college are the same styles that I wear today. I also like how fashion can be so unique to an individual, yet at the same time, it’s shared with so many other people from different areas, backgrounds, and generations. It’s this connecting ability of fashion that I find most interesting.

CF: Do you have any advice for students in search of a personal style?

DM: Don’t search too hard. Personal style means just that: wear what you like and what you feel comfortable in. If you enjoy keeping up with trends, then don’t be afraid to try new things. But don’t stray too far from yourself. No matter how trendy you think the look is, if you don’t feel confident, the style is not for you!

Hint: Get this Fashionista's look by pairing casual staples like denim and a basic T-shirt with formal textures like velvet and lace.

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