FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Drue Thomas

This week's Fashionista kicks a dreary day into gear with statement shoes and a charming handkerchief. With the recent drizzle raining on our parade, the frightening frizz and rugged rainboots are difficult to avoid. But sophomore Drue Thomas beats the damp day blues by combining practical solutions with statement accessories.

Thomas pairs a basic pair of dark blue denim with an oversized sweater and classic plaid flannel. Upon first glance, this may look like the typical college student ensemble. But look again from head-to-toe, and you'll find that Thomas's look is anything but ordinary. She kicks her outfit up a notch with edgy studded loafers, but contrasts the fierce footwear with a precious floral bandana to deal with rainy day frizz and a cluttered finals agenda. Providing the perfect quick-fix for summer heat and bad hair days, the bandana headband is sure to be a student favorite this season.

Name: Drue Thomas

Major: Visual Arts/Graphic Design

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: Where do you typically look to for style inspiration?

Drue Thomas: Usually bloggers and fashion “vloggers” on YouTube. There's a lot you can find on different blogs as opposed to going out and buying a magazine. There's a lot out there on the Internet so blogs tend to be a lot easier.

CF: If you had to whittle down your wardrobe to five items what would they be?

DT: A basic black pair of skinny jeans, an oversized top, a high waisted skirt, an oversized sweater, some kind of headband and an outrageous/dangerous pair of shoes.

CF: Is there a trend you're looking forward to wearing this spring?

DT: I always love the high-waisted trend, and I like that it's lasted throughout the past couple of years. I actually make my own high-waisted Levi's cut-offs and stud them myself so I can't wait until the weather gets warmer so I can wear those.

CF: What is the best style advice you've ever received?

DT:  Dress for your own body and not anyone else's, because there's no point in getting mad with yourself when clothes aren't looking good when you're not picking what's right for your body in the first place.

CF: Has living  in NYC influenced your style in any way?

DT: Definitely. People dress pretty much the same here on campus, but when you go into the city, it's is a huge difference. It's also nice because if you see something online but don't know where you could find it in a store, there's so many places in the city to go. You can find anything.

How To: Get this Fashionista's look by pairing an edgy flat with an understated denim and cardigan combination. Tie a bright bandana around a go-to topknot for a sweet and speedy summer hairstyle that will beat the heat without looking drab.

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