Attending FIDM means more than just playing the role of your typical, everyday student. Hannah James has been the fashion show stylist for American Rag, understands the high pressure pace as an associate at Nordstrom and still manages to come to class in style. The L.A. fashion gal gives us her tips for the best season looks and when-in-doubt styling essentials.

Name: Hannah James

Major: Business Managment

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: Los Angeles has a different version of winter weather. What sort of staples for fall do you think are in season, but can handle the L.A. sun?

Hannah James: My staples that I think not only work for the L.A. sun, but different fall weather around the country, is leather boots with a stacked heel and long scarves. You can throw it on with a tank top or an oversized sweater on a brisk fall day. They are easy pieces that you can find to fit your style and budget.

CF: Where in L.A. do you find the most trend-setting fashion?

HJ: Whether you find yourself in Santa Monica or Dowtown L.A., the best fashion is found on the street. Living by the beach you get a mixture of local natives sporting trendy looks and tourists giving their best variations of “what's in.” At FIDM there is a lot of eclectic taste and culture  that is showcased on campus. Students are aware of what's on trend but stil manage to maintain qualities that set ourselves apart from one-another.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

HJ: My personal style has a vast range of looks. I have hints of bohemian with effortless dressed-down elements, but always have that hint of glamour. It is all about a balance. I love mixing classic basics with trendy pieces. As fall rolls along you can always find me in oversized sweaters, the perfect pair of denim and leather boots.

CF: Who is your style icon?

HJ: I have a lot of style icons but the person I relate most closely to is Olivia Palermo. I believe her ability to mix and match patterns, effortlessly layer and evolve her style makes her a must-watch in the fashion world.

CF: What necessities do you keep in your bag or car that takes you from the FIDM campus to an evening out with the girls?

HJ: I’m always on the go so there are a few things up my sleeve to keep me swift and stylish. I defnitely keep my make-up bag on me for last minute touch ups and I always have top layering pieces. A sweater, jacket and scarves stay in my car to ensure I get to mix and match when I need something to add that extra flair, or when the weather isn’t on my side.

How To: There is that moment in air where the crisp weather gives you a chill and the first thing you want to grab on to is the perfect oversized cardigan. It is the perfect piece that you can from day to night, but will always keep you chic and warm. Having brunch at Figaro Bistrot? Try a forest green shawl paired with black frost denim and a metallic dotted t-shirt. To add some sex appeal at a mosh pit at the Roxy, try a quirky print cardigan with a distressed tank and a leather mini. For some recovery and laughs at Pho Cafe, go for a vintage popcorn look with your favorite denim button-up and shorts.

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