FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Kemi Alabi

Vintage boutiques, thrift, consignment and resale stores, oh how I just love them all! There is nothing like shifting through racks of unique clothing and scoping out dainty jewelry to personalize your wardrobe. Doesn’t that just scream the ultimate “retail therapy?” Second hand and vintage items always stand out when worn with seasonal trends and a few basics. Check out your local mom and pop shops or popular franchises such as Buffalo Exchange and Second Time Around for both high and low end brands on the cheap. This Fashionista is not only a fan of second hand fashion, but she thinks rather “outside the box” when it comes to scoring vintage and one of a kind pieces. She often raids her house for her parents’ old clothes and jewelry, and is not afraid to admit that she got her incredibly comfy wool socks from Eastern Mountain Sports. This Fashionista proves that being effortless and nostalgic in dress can be more aesthetically pleasing than being a hundred percent on trend. 

Name: Kemi Alabi

Majors: Political Science and Philosophy 

Year: Senior 

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style? 

Kemi Alabi: Homeless librarian chic. Comfortable, a little grungy, dressy-casual, hopefully kinda fly. 

CF: Describe your favorite outfit for fall. 

KA: Pretty simple: an oversized sweater or cardigan over a dress and tights. Add boots, a scarf and a knit cap, and that’s pretty much what I wear all fall. 

CF: What is one piece in your wardrobe that you can not live without? 

KA: My dad let me steal all of his amazing Cosby-patterned winter sweaters. Very '80s. I’ll never give them up. 

CF: Where do you shop in Boston? 

KA: I prefer second hand shops like Second Time Around or Rescue on Newbury Street. 

How To: This Fashionista found her navy blue double-breasted sweatercoat at Second Time Around. This navy and brown plaid sweatercoat by Madewell has similar distinct gold buttons, and can be worn with a simple cotton dress underneath. Her black ribbed tights are from H&M, but you can try these footless knit tights by HUE. Now that the temperatures have severely dropped, take a tip from her and keep your feet warm with wool ankle socks. Her worn-in camel and brown boots are from Urban Outfitters. Check out these similar boots from ModCloth. She accessorizes with a black knit beanie, a red American Apparel circle scarf and rings that she found in her house. Like this Fashionista, think vintage and warm knits when accessorizing this season!  For more second hand inspiration make sure to take a look at Buffalo Exchange’s fashion-forward daily blog

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