FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Katie Jenkins

You know those horrid days when you feel bloated and gross and nothing seems to look right? Or when the weather is sticky and you can’t find something comfortable and cute to wear? When in these situations, I always resort to my printed linen shorts! I tuck in a simple top, throw in some accessories and am on my way. Linen shorts have become very popular pieces and are extremely comfortable in material and fit. They are also trendy, coming in a variety of patterns and prints. I spotted this Fashionista walking back from class on a muggy day sporting her metallic Kate Spade satchel and J.Crew linen shorts. She looked put together and comfy in her loose fitting shorts, a staple piece I was excited to explore.

Name: Katie Jenkins

Major: Undecided

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Katie Jenkins: My linen shorts and white pocket tank are both from the J.Crew Outlet. My shoes are BCBG Generation and metallic bag is Kate Spade. I went with the classic pearl accessories. My ring is from Uno de Cincuenta and my earrings and necklace are from Tiffany & Co.

CF: Which celebrities are your style inspirations?

KJ: My style inspiration is Jennifer Aniston. She always wears sleek clothing with crisp lines and cuts. She experiments with her cut-off jeans and always seems to pull off the light wash. Recently she has been rocking the boyfriend jean with a simple tank and flats. Jennifer also is a fan of the little black dress. At red carpet events, the form fitting dresses show off her petite figure. In cooler weather she pairs her signature jean look with a sweater and boots. This is one of my favorite fall trends and I draw inspiration from her comfy classic looks.

CF: What do you love about linen shorts and this outfit?

KJ: My linen shorts are one of my favorite warm weather pieces because they're so comfortable. They're light and cool and perfect for the hot DC summers. They're also comfortable for sitting in class all day and a great alternative for sun dresses.

CF: Where have you been shopping for your fall clothing?

KJ: This fall my favorite brand of jeans are SOLD. They are reasonably priced and slightly stretchy to provide comfort. I have also been buying a lot of long sweaters this season. Free People always has unique sweaters to make an outfit more special. My J.Crew down vest is also a staple in my fall wardrobe. My favorite way to wear it is to pair it with colored corduroys or ankle length jeans.

CF: How would you describe your style?

KJ: If I had to describe my style I would say I am girly. I like preppy brands such as J.Crew and Lily Pulitzer, but also like experimenting with edgier looks.

CF: What is one item you cannot live without?

KJ: I can't live without my SOLD skinny jeans. The dark wash is slimming and they can be easily tucked into boots. I've also worn them in warmer weather with sandals or flats. They are the most versatile piece in my wardrobe. This fall I also can't live without my Essie nail polish. The new deep rich purples and mauves are great transition colors from fall to winter.

How To: I love Juicy Couture’s Cotton Linen Boyfriend Shorts. They are a loose and comfortable material but also a statement item because of the belt and bright color.  Forever 21 also carries several linen shorts, all with different patterns, belts and styles. Some are high-waisted, while others are similar to bermuda shorts. The loose and relaxed style is becoming very popular, especially on college campuses, as a comfortable alternative to sweats. You can pair your shorts with a simple V-neck from the GAP or J.Crew. Our Fashionista donned statement pearls, a classy touch to her sophisticated outfit! You can find similar accessories at Etsy.com or Forever 21.

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