Spring cleaning is a practice as old as the dawn of time, passed down from generation to generation to celebrate and cherish the beginning of new life by driving out the old, negative forces that hold us back from progress. Well, clearly that was a dramatic way of phrasing such an arduous, mundane task. I mean, out with the old, in with the new? I say, “In with the old, infused with the new!” But what does this mean exactly? Vintage, of course!

Vintage fashion has always been the driving inspiration behind almost any designer’s collection and this inspiration was more apparent than ever in the spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections. Miuccia Prada looked to the ‘50s to create Prada’s sweet-yet-aggressive hot-rod inspired ensembles. Dolce&Gabbana also re-imagined Italy’s ‘50s summertime to create midriff-bearing tops and high-waisted full skirts.

I spotted Fashionista Gabrielle Lewis embracing springtime with a vintage-inspired look of her own. She brought in the old with vintage accessories, a girly floral blouse and some worn-in loafers. She also evoked a different era with her effortless up-do and red lip. And she certainly brought in the new with bold red pants and a tailored blazer. See how effortless this old-new fusion looks? Time to go thrifting, Fashionistas!

Name: Gabrielle Lewis

Major: Business Administration, Hospitality Administration Minor

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Gabrielle Lewis: Probably eclectic, with a bit of a vintage flair. I’m kind of obsessed with vintage jewelry; it’s an addiction I have.

CF: Where do you get your vintage pieces? How do you incorporate them into your everyday wear?

GL: There’s this little place at home [Illinois] and I go on little sprees when they go on sale. I don’t really buy clothes there; it’s mostly vintage jewelry, which I pretty much wear every day. Right now, I am wearing two pieces right now; so I have the 1920s filigree ring and my clip earrings.

CF: Where do you shop for clothing?

GL: I go to Forever 21, sometimes Urban Outfitters, the Target “boutique” and American Eagle. If I could shop where I wanted I would probably buy an entire Anthropologie store, but I can’t really afford it.

CF: What is your favorite trend for spring?

GL: I kind of like the hippie look. I think it’s a fun type of thing I can try to incorporate. I got this really cute fringe top that I am planning on wearing with some light wash cut-off high-waist jean shorts to a concert with some cowboy boots. Coachella style.

How To: To get this Fashionista’s post-modern vintage look, start with a great pair of colorful trousers and a floral blouse. Layer a navy blazer to keep the look from going over the top. And last, but certainly not least, add some vintage jewelry and a pair of vintage-inspired cat eye sunglasses.

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