Without courage of conviction, any runway-worthy ensemble can become lost in the New York City shuffle. As this week’s Fashionista noticed about Gotham city style: “Everyone is always going to the beat of their own drum. No one tries to look the same.” So how does one Fashionista stand out from the rest? Undeniably, one’s outfit is certainly a large part of it. But, there’s something to be said about feeling confident in your clothes — wearing what you like over what is strategically slipped into window displays.
This week’s Fashionista paints a portrait of truly unique style, inspired by little more than what catches her eye. The graphic design major gains most of her inspiration from her artistic ability: combining colors, collecting the old and becoming inspired by the new. Her matchless look is a collection of vintage treasures, comfortable staples and feminine accents that combine to create not only a wardrobe that is truly eclectic, but also a style that is just as creative as this Fashionista herself. CollegeFashionista talks to Lis about her personal style and how it evolved:
Name: Lis Warren
Major: Visual Arts/Graphic Design
CollegeFashionista: Do you have a favorite trend past or present?
Lis Warren: I really liked the cross-body bag trend that started a few years ago. I also really like the circle scarves; and those vintage-like patterned scarves always add a little something fancy to your outfit. I don’t do this enough but I always like when people wear colorful things in their hair, like flowers and funky headbands. I also love the blazer trend, especially with the elbow pads — I really do like that.
CF: Do you have a style icon or anyone that inspires you when you put your outfits together?
LW: I really like Blake Lively. She always looks great to me. If I could have any celebrity’s wardrobe I think I would definitely choose hers.
CF: What do you like most about fashion?
LW: I like that there’s no real standards as to what one should wear. When it comes down to it as long as you feel good in what you’re wearing you’ll also look good in what you’re wearing. And even though some people may judge you for some aspects of your style, if it’s something that makes you feel great, you’ll also look great.
CF: Has living in New York City influenced your style at all?
LW: I think I’m definitely more conscious about what I wear now. I think it’s inspiring, I think living in the city inspires you to dress up more than you normally would and I don’t necessarily feel like I need to follow specific rules, but you just see so many different ideas that trigger your own. And everyone’s always going to the beat of their own drum — no one tries to look the same — I really don’t think there’s any other city like it.
CF: Is there one style or piece that your wardrobe couldn’t do without?
LW: I think button-downs — I think I have like fifteen. I have a lot of my dad’s old shirts that he doesn’t wear anymore. I like them because they’re cute if they’re tailored but they’re also cute when they’re oversized. I really think you can wear them with everything. A go-to outfit that that I’ve always worn is leggings and some sort of button-down with boots or something. That’s always easy, especially when you don’t feel like getting dressed up all the time.
How To: Get this Fashionista’s look by pairing this season’s kimono-inspired cardigans with solid-colored staples. Try incorporating this Fashionista’s look into your fall wardrobe by pairing white denim with brown boots and warm tones.