FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Meena Iyer

We can all agree that taking fashion risks is admirable, especially if that requires wearing paper thin tights in freezing winter weather. I'm an advocate of everything sassy, as well as everything bright. There's nothing like an accent piece that can be appreciated for its color rather than pure shock value.

This Fashionista boldly faced a cold afternoon with not much more than a pair of boots and a peacoat, which by the way looked absolutely fabulous on her. Her coat was buttoned up but I knew she was hiding something underneath and was pleasantly surprised when she revealed her skirt and top. She adds a nice touch of leather with her boots, purse and belt and I could not have been more pleased to run into her.

Name: Meena Iyer

Major: International Relations

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: How do you choose your outfits every day?

Meena Iyer: It depends who I'm feeling like. I draw inspiration from designers from outfits that I've seen stylists put together in Vogue or Harper's Bazaar. Also depends on my mood, if I'm happy or sad, that'll usually determine my color palette. 

CF: What are your favourite pieces in your wardrobe?

MI: Probably my tartan vintage Escada blazer, my black and white Oxfords from New Look and my vintage pig brooche.

CF: How do you take risks with fashion?

MI: Usually I find that whenever I get compliments on what I'm wearing, it's the days when I've felt most uncomfortable in what I'm wearing. I try to push myself out of my comfort zone and putting sort of a rocky spin on a classic Chanel look always does the trick!

CF: Where do you shop for college-friendly clothing?

MI: Bargain basements, charity shops, designer warehouses and vintage shops like Buffalo Exchange.

How To: Meena's look is easy to accomplish, assuming you have some of these basics already. Throw on a brightly colored chiffon blouse and a saucy skirt. Depending on the look you're going for, you can add a leather belt. Grab a cute cross-body leather purse and a pair of leather boots. Meena added a light peacoat to her look to protect her from the shivering temperatures. You can also replace the tights with a great pair of leggings if you're not ready to brave the wind. 

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