Drawn to what’s cozy and convenient, this week’s Fashionista turns couture into comfortable by punctuating a practical wardrobe with a handful of statement pieces. This week, O’Connor layers a faux fur vest over a chunky sweater and basic denim. Combining the colors of cocoa and rust, this Fashionista combats the cold with heavy textures and warm tones.

To find out how this week’s Fashionista manages to mesh practicality with panache, CollegeFashionista talks to O’Connor about her personal style and what makes it pop:

Name: Mairin O'Conor

Major: Anthropology and Sociology

Year: Senior

College Fashionista: What do you feel best/most confident wearing?

Mairin O’Connor: Comfort is key. I'm most comfortable in classic items or practical clothing. I'm constantly on the move, so whatever is comfortable and easy.

CF: Do you think your personality is reflected by your personal style?

MO: Yes I do. I like to wear a lot of earth tones, probably because I’m pretty simple. I also like to wear a lot of solid colors because I like to have one piece that pops.

CF: What is your favorite trend past or present?

MO: Cargo pants. I really liked the cargo pants, and I’m waiting for them to come back.

CF: Do you have a style icon?

MO: Kate Middleton. She's just so classy. I think she always looks very sophisticated. She never overdoes it.

CF: Is there an item in your wardrobe you can't live without?

MO: Probably my riding boots. I really like my brown riding boots, I do.

CF: What do you enjoy most about fashion?

MO: I like that trends are always recycled. I like that things are always coming back into style. All the things I wear now my mom says she wore when she as my age, which is a really unique concept if you think about it.

CF: Has living in NYC influenced your style at all?

MO: Oh yes, definitely. I've learned how to accessorize better; mostly with winter accessories because it's so cold here.

CF: What's an addition you'd like to make to your closet at the moment?

MO: Nude pumps. They're definitely a staple that can go with everything.

How To: Get this Fashionista's look by layering fur accents over casual cardigans or chunky knits

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