I spotted this Fashionista as she daintily sipped a bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup next to the famous Bon Me food truck. She was crouched down, sitting on a bench and her face was hidden, yet she was hard to miss. I noticed her because the sun was hitting her at just the right angle and she shyly looked up at me as I approached the bench. Her outfit is a wonderful conglomeration of many different styles chicly tied together in this easy look that is both light and comfy.
One thing any Fashionista must know upon her arrival in Boston is that it is a city that will never make up its mind when it comes to the weather. It will be freezing cold in the morning, but by noon the sun will be shining and your winter coat will weigh heavy on you. For this reason, versatility is the most important tool in your wardrobe. Fashionistas, you must learn to play around with your clothes and figure out what's comfortable and what works. These will be your go-to pieces when you have no clue what to wear because the forecast says one thing but the sky says another.
First of all, I want to point out all of the comfy fabric in this Fashionista's outfit because it's what makes her look so relaxed: her Sherpa lined vest and boots and her knit gloves. The holes in her jeans bring out the risqué in her accouterments. I love this trend of wearing socks that fit higher than boots, even when the boots are this short. They just make the outfit seem incredibly comfortable and doable. They also warm up those feet on a cold winter day. My favorite part about this Fashionista's outfit is the confidence she wears it with and the smile that comes so naturally to her.
And to all of you naysayers that claim black and brown don't go together, update your fashion rule books. Or better yet, throw the rule book out the window and create some of your own!
Name: Meláni Glassman
Major: Neuro-Psychology & Philosophy
CollegeFashionista: How did your outfit come together and what is your favorite piece?
Meláni Glassman: These are tough questions to answer as most of my outfits just come together as my expression of self. I've always sort of seen fashion as an art and work with whatever is in my closet at the time to put something fun together. A bit like cooking! Take random ingredients and mix them together to create something tasty! My favorite ingredient of today's outfit is probably those Blank ripped black pants as they have traveled everywhere with me and fit everyone, basically my magical pants that I wear quite often, as do my friends!
CF: Where do you find inspiration for your style?
MG: I've never really been into fashion magazines or pop culture life, so I'm not necessarily aware of what is “hip” at the time. I'd say my inspiration comes from the same place all art does, a need to create.
CF: Where do you get good college-friendly clothing?
MG: I always say look in the sale racks and boutiques that are more underground, you can always find items there. If not, places like department stores, T.J.Maxx and Marshalls sometimes have gems, but it is better to support less globalized corporations!
How To: Meláni is wearing a simple long sleeved sweater, which can be as plain or as intricate as you like. The ripped black jeans and the fingerless gloves add a biker feel to the outfit that make her edginess stand out. The Sherpa lined denim vest is comfortable and full of personality and it matches the Sherpa lined lace-up boots.The long necklace is a simple yet strong piece of statement jewelry. Finish up this look by pulling your hair back into a messy bun or ponytail and top it off with a paisley scarf. Don't forget a warm pair of socks and sheer tights to wear underneath your pants if it's cold!