This week's Fashionista combines this season's favorite trends to create an elegantly simple ensemble. Breaking the old rule with a black-on-blue combination, Freshman Melissa Higgins pairs the feminine appeal of a peter pan collared blouse and delicate lace with the structure of suiting-inspired shorts. Combining the classic cut of a button-down blouse with the emerging trends of monochrome and lace, this Fashionista borrows the best of the past and the present to create a springtime ensemble that's both timeless and trendy.
Name: Melissa Higgins
CollegeFashionista: Where do you typically look to for style inspiration?
Melissa Higgins: I guess I look to a lot of people around campus. I notice that if I like an element of their outfit, when I go shopping, I'll pick it up and try and wear it in my own way.
CF: If you had to whittle down your wardrobe to five items what would they be?
MH: Probably an oxford button-up, skinny jeans, a pair of flats and maybe a headband. I always wear my watch and my Cape Cod bracelet too.
CF: Is there a trend you're looking forward to wearing this spring?
MH: I don't have a maxi dress, but I really want one.
CF: What is the best style advice you've ever received?
MH: It was probably from my mom. She always said to make sure you buy clothes that actually fit and to make sure that you're buying clothes that are right for your body. There's nothing wrong with going up a size if that's what flatters you best.
CF: Has living in NYC influenced your style in any way?
MH: Definitely. In high school I was wearing a uniform most of the time, so living in New York especially gives me more ideas because I'm always seeing so many new and different things, whereas before I was used to seeing the same outfits every day.
CF: What do you feel most confident wearing?
MH: Probably just a sundress because it's really simple. It's a hard thing to mess up.
How To: Get this Fashionista's looking by pairing tailored shorts with a same-colored blouse and peter pan collar. Throw in bright ballet flats or lacey slip-ons to add variety to the monochromatic look.