As I passed by this stunning Fashionista on her way to a Sunday brunch, I was absolutely in awe by her entire look. From her enormous sun hat down to her sky high leather wedges, this Fashionista knew how to be daring yet oh-so-classy at the same time. She is the epitome of summer fashion and, lucky for us, she took a few minutes to tell me all about her sense of fashion.

Name: Mariana Berbert

Year: Senior

Major: Social Work and Spanish Literature

College Fashionsita: How has your style evolved over your time at the University?

Mariana Berbert: When I got to college I had a very commercial style. I would go to a store and just get whatever was cute, without really taking risks. Then I went through a harsher phase. I was wearing darker clothes; a little hipster vibe I would say. Lately, though, I’ve gotten more comfortable with being girly and not feeling over the top about it.

CF: How would you describe your style?

MB: It’s eclectic, but definitely feminine. And now that I am getting older it has become more classic. When I shop, I have to think about if I can wear this to work or to my internship.

CF: What films have inspired your fashion sense?

MB: The movie Down With Love has amazing fashion. It’s all about the beginning of the feminist movement and the styles are very over the top '60s and I just love it! I adore the way they dress in the film. I’ve watched it over and over again.

CF: Since you moved to Madison from Sao Paulo, Brazil, how has the difference in cities influenced your style?

MB: In the summer I feel a lot more Brazilian here. I am able to bring back what I wore at home with tiny sundresses, short jean shorts and strappy sandals. Brazilians are all about the heels. I grew up with my grandmother telling me that you do not go to the Plaza without wearing high heels, otherwise you’re not a true Brazilian woman. But it’s nice because in the winter I feel a lot more American. Cold weather clothing is something I’ve never had to wear at home so it's been really fun learning a whole new side to fashion. I love mixing the styles of the states and home, it’s a great way to diversify my looks. 

How To: Want a killer Sunday brunch look like this Fashionista? Try this maxi dress and sun hat. It’s the perfect combination that screams summer trend. Plus, this ensemble will keep you looking and feeling cool, even on the hottest days.  

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