Despite the relentless rain that has been swarming New York City in recent weeks, the Fashionista spotlight continues to shine on Lou Ayan, a junior at Fordham University Rose Hill. Contrasted against the sea of black raincoats and busily-patterned boots, Lou’s effortless edge puts a spin on the practical pieces necessary for a rainy day. An olive-colored utility coat paired with her beloved boyfriend flannel paints a deep autumn palette with dark reds and musty greens. Layered with a girly lace tee and striking multi-metal watch, this Fashionista’s ensemble combines elegance and effortlessness, all the while managing to stay dry. CollegeFashionista talks to Lou about her personal style and inspirations:

Name: Lou Ayan

Major: History

Year: Sophomore

College Fashionista: What is your favorite trend past or present?

Lou Ayan: One of Balmain’s fall lines did some really girly and lacey pieces with studs and boyish accents. That mixture was definitely something that resonated with me.

CF: Where do you usually find your style inspiration?

LA: Definitely blogs. I’m constantly getting ideas from the blogs I read.  But what I actually like to do a lot is look at what my friends wear. I don't think I like one person’s style one-hundred-percent, but I like taking stylistic ideas from what I see on other people and sort of twist them with my own personal style. I like to see what people pair together, and that inspires me to try new things. For instance, I never used to believe in basing an outfit around one singular piece, but one my friends always accentuates a stand-out piece and makes it look phenomenal. She inspired me to try something like that. I also like nineties grunge a lot, I would have loved to be a part of the nineties.

CF: What is one item you can't live without?

LA: My flannel. I actually wear it with anything from sweatpants to shorts and a tank top, or buttoned up with skinny pants.  I could wear it a million different ways. My watch is also something I wear all the time. I feel naked without it. It’s a multiple-metal style so it goes with almost everything.

CF: Do you have any fashion advice for college students in search of their own personal style?

LA: I was in limbo for the first year or so of college because I really wanted a change. I wanted to grow into a style that was more mature but still comfortable. So I picked about five pieces that I absolutely loved — pieces that I felt at home in, and I worked outfits around them, taking multiple approaches with the same piece depending on the occasion or my mood. When I pick something out, if I can't picture wearing it in at least five different ways, I won't get it.

CF: Do you have a style icon?

LA: Chloe Sevigny. She’s great at mixing girly pieces with androgynous accents.

How To: To stay stylish during rain spells like this Fashionista, try layering feminine blouses with boots and a boyish trench to create contrast.

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