Kathy Toth’s style philosophy fuses practicality and expression, a combination reflective of her academic interests. A double major in math and visual art, Toth finds her sartorial sweet spot between sensible staples and standout pieces. She punctuates muted tones with a pop of color or understated ensembles with edgy accessories.

This week, Toth pairs classic cuffed denim with a ruffle-embellished leather jacket. She interrupts a primarily black-and-blue palette with the warm color of cognac, drawing attention to the jacket’s delicate details.

Toth says the best way to explore one’s sense of style is simple: know who you are and what you like; the fashion will follow. To solve the rest of this Fashionista’s style equation, CollegeFashionista talks to Toth about what inspires the personality of her wardrobe:

Name: Kathy Toth

Major: Double major in Math and Visual Art

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: Where do you usually find your style inspiration?

Kathy Toth: I usually find inspiration whenever I'm walking around the city. Or, even when I’m waiting at the airport and I see everyone from abroad getting off the plane. You see it first and everyone’s walking past you with combinations you’ve never seen before.

CF: What is your favorite trend past or present?

KT: I like the more relaxed feel. I like softer and earthy tones. I guess I don’t really pay a whole lot of attention to trends, but I like the whole idea of getting one unique piece that really stands out and letting everything else just play off of that.

CF: What is one item you can't live without?

KT: As of recently, it's probably this leather jacket I'm wearing. I got it a few weeks ago and I wear it all the time.

CF: Do you have any fashion advice for college students in search of their personal style?

KT: I would evaluate your daily routine off of how much time you have in the morning and then kind of pin down whether you're a black and sleek kind of person or a brown and gold type of person, and then buy some staple pieces that you can always work with. That’s what I did.

CF: What do you like most about fashion?

KT: I like fashion because it can be comfortable, but it can also look nice at the same time. I like that something can still look great with being outrageous or overly expensive. It's like Clinton and Stacey's philosophy; the everyday person can find inspiration all around them. Looking good and finding what works best for you doesn’t have to be something exclusive.

CF: Where do you like to shop?

KT: My favorite store is definitely Anthropologie. If I'm procrastinating, I'll just go on their website and add things to my cart like crazy. I have to make myself log off before I actually buy everything.

CF: Has living in NYC influenced your style at all?

KT: I don't think so. I think I’ve always sort of had my own idea of what I like and what I feel good in. I guess I just see more and see different combinations, which probably influences me subconsciously. The more people you see, the more influenced you're going to be I suppose. I also like the city because there are more opportunities to dress up whereas at home there aren’t too many reasons to.

How To: Get this Fashionista's look by pairing a statement leather jacket with a monotone ensemble or muted staples.

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