In the 90 degree D.C. heat I spotted this California-chic Fashionista on her way back from the National Mall. Her faded pink denim shorts, lightweight cotton T-shirt, and strappy white flats were the perfect way to fight the scorching heat, while still looking fabulously fashionable. This ‘70s inspired style of color and comfort made her LA roots unmistakable- identical to California natives like the Fashionista trendsetters Nicole Richie and Lauren Conrad.

Name: Maddy McNamara

Year: Sophomore

Major: Marketing

College Fashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Maddy McNamara: My style definitely has a very casual, southern California feeling. When I go out at night, I love to wearing leggings, a silk top, and a pair of pumps (rather than a dress). During the day, my go-to outfit is a cute T-shirt and jeans. I am obsessed with Splendid tops. They are the perfect simplistic, comfortable, and versatile top for any daytime outfit.

CF: When choosing your outfit each day, what is the most important aspect of your ensemble?

MM: Choosing my footwear is a big aspect of my outfit each day, because I think shoes can really complete a look. I don’t have one designer that I depend on for shoes; for me designers vary with the style of shoe that I am looking for. In the winter I also focus on sweaters and scarfs. This winter I was especially obsessed with my Missoni scarf, because of how big and colorful it is.

CF: If you were to design your own fashion line, where would you find inspiration?

MM: I really love Margherita Missoni and Stella McCartney’s designs, so I would model my line off of their trends. They both incorporated bright colors and florals into their clothing which I love, especially for the summer time (I like summer clothes much better than winter clothes!)

How To: Start with a basic cotton shirt from Splendid like this Fashionista suggested. Then browse Shopbop where there is a variety of colorful denim shorts. Keep your accessories simple with a Sam Edelman shoe- they have the perfect collection of neutral, strappy sandals. Lastly, add a playful twist with fun makeup from Sephora like this colorful eyeliner.

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