Finding the sweet spot between practicality and off-the-runway style is a difficult task for Fashionistas, but an important one nonetheless. Particularly for students in New York City, comfort and sensibility become major factors when creating one’s wardrobe. But how do you remain practical without compromising the character of your personal style? This week’s Fashionista Spotlight shines on the ultimate example.

Kerry Sorenson’s closet is an eclectic gathering of spunky sneakers, streamline skinnies, sophisticated shift dresses and graphic tees — a collection that upon first glance, seems relatively standard for a college student. However, her ability to contrast and combine transforms Sorenson’s wardrobe into something that is greater than the sum of its parts. This week’s Fashionista pairs a whimsical graphic tee with a sophisticated blazer and dark gray denim. She contrasts oversized cuts with structured shoulders and slimming denim to strike the perfect balance between business and casual. Finished with metallic topsiders to add both character and comfort, this Fashionista’s ensemble embodies something for every occasion. To get a sense of her influences and inspirations, CollegeFashionista picks Sorenson’s brain about her personal style.

Name: Kerry Sorenson

Year: Sophomore

Major: Marketing

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Kerry Sorenson: I guess my style consists of just a lot of fun pieces that I can mix and match and layer.

CF: Do you have a fashion icon? If so, who is it?

KS: My fashion icon would probably be Leighton Meester, mainly because I love her role and wardrobe in Gossip Girl, but her style is also really youthful. 

CF: Is there a particular trend that you’ve always been drawn to?

KS: Even though I own very few girly pieces, I think my favorite pieces are probably boldly colored dresses.

CF: Is there anything that you’d like to add to your wardrobe right now?

KS: I’d really like to add a pair of suede moccasins to my wardrobe. They’re trendy, but they also look really comfortable.

CF: Do you have a signature piece or look that you can’t go without?

KS: I don’t know about a signature piece, but my absolute favorite piece is my red, cut-out dress from Urban Outfitters.

CF: What do you like most about fashion?

KS: I like that fashion is always changing and constantly bringing old style into the picture.

How To: To combine comfort and style like this week's Fashionista, try pairing statement sneakers with feminine or formal pieces. 

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