FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Gabriella Wilkins

This week's Fashionista is inspired by everything from glossy magazines to friends and family. Senior Gabriella Wilkins transforms comfortable staples into a creative vision by mixing and matching materials and prints. This week, Wilkins turns a grayscale palette on its head by pairing a nautical striped tee, cascading cardigan and paisley pattern scarf. Mixing chunky knit, soft cotton and plush pashmina, Wilkins turns her monotone ensemble into a unique collection of textures. Paired with classic black leggings and leather lace-up boots, this Fashionista's ensemble makes comfortable classwear look couture.

Name: Gabriella Wilkins

Major: American Studies

Year: Senior

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

Gabriella Wilkins: A lot from my sister. I actually live with her so I'm inspired by what she wears a lot. But probably more so from actual websites, like designers, cookbooks or catalogues.

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

GW: Definitely these shoes, a pair of jeans, probably this long sweater I have from Urban, probably this crochet sweater from Free People (I wear that a lot in the summer) and probably just one of these cotton T-shirts from J.Crew. They're super comfortable and go with everything.

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

GW: Probably “be creative,” which is mainly from my sister. Taking inspiration from things around you, but also kind of giving it your own flair and not being afraid to go with something you think looks right.

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

GW: Yeah, definitely. I think even at Fordham students are kind of fashion forward and just being in the city gives me inspiration a lot.

CF: Describe style in one word.

GW: I try to be as laid-back as possible but I don't know of that's the best word to describe it. I like to mix a rugged look with more of a laid-back, beachy look. I like to be comfortable I guess. I know that's not one word, but that's really the only way I can describe it.

How To: Get this Fashionista's look by pairing mismatched prints in a monotone palette. Try combining deep rose denim with a coordinating striped tee and printed scarf. Throw on a pair of black lace-up boots to imitate this Fashionista's look.

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