FASHIONITA SPOTLIGHT: Kemi Alabi

I'm not good at layering. Having lived in sunny Trinidad all my life, the idea of wearing several layers of clothing at once is a concept that I'm still having trouble with after almost 3 years in Boston. I'm that girl with only a sweatshirt on in sub-zero weather. Even though I can't wrap my head around layering, it doesn't mean that I can't appreciate someone who does it well. This Fashionista did an excellent job of blending layers and colours together and of creating a stylish and cohesive ensemble.

Name: Kemi Alabi

Year: Junior

Major: Political Science and Philosophy

CollegeFashionista: What's your favourite part of this outfit?

Kemi Alabi: My coat. I bought it freshman year at the Garment District for $16. I almost didn't wear it because of the shoulders. I didn't think I could pull off the look. My closet is full of clothes that I don't have the courage to wear. I also really like this circle scarf. I'm a little obsessed with scarves.

CF: How do you decide how to layer for the Boston weather?

KA: Well, I'm stubborn. I don't like pants, so I only wear skirts and dresses in the winter. Basically I just wear a lot of long socks and sweater tights, then pad with heavy sweaters. I really like to dip into my dad's Cosby sweater collection. I also have an extensive hat collection.

CF: I noticed you're not wearing a lot of accessories. Is that intentional?

KA: I used to wear lots of jewelry, but honestly I'm lazy. I'm not trying to be adorned all the time. I wear these rings everyday, but I change my earrings. I'm a little picky about accessories. 

CF: Where do you shop?

KA: In thrift stores. Extensively. I like to just comb through the racks and see what treasures I can find. I tend to get bored with the regular stores. I'd say that most of my essentials are thrifted. I also shop my parents' closets a lot. They had some pretty good style back in the day!

How To: Kemi gets her signature look by cleverly combining thrifted items. Follow her lead by staking out your local Goodwill or Buffalo Exchange. Modcloth also sells beautiful patterened dresses that can help you add a splash of colour in the dead of winter, and warm coats that are dressy as well as feminine.

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