When I saw this week’s Fashionista Mia on my way to an early morning class, how could I not stop her? From her perfectly fitting harem pants to her mastery of layering finnished off by her black suede heels, I was so impressed by how Mia combined casual and formal items for the perfect urban look. She also was not afraid to embrace her naturally tall height – I love a Fashionista who rocks confidence. It was no surprise to discover this Fashionista’s involvement with the fashion industry, particularly in styling, and I too would be jumping to be one of her clients.
Name: Mia Weiland
Major: Media, Culture and Communications
CollegeFashionista: Where is everything you're wearing from?
Mia Weiland: My pants are American Apparel, my purse is from Urban, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, H&M jacket and both shirts are vintage.
CF: How would you describe your style?
MW: I would say my style is fairly eclectic. I like to put together looks that are unique in some way. Whether it's vintage jewelry accents with a suede fringe purse or a bomber jacket with harem pants, I try to inncorporate an unexpected element into whatever I'm wearing.
CF: What's your experience in the fashion world?
MW: Being from Indiana, my style has definitely evolved since I moved to the city two years ago. I'm definitely more attuned to fashion trends and have more influence from the city itself. Interning at Elle Magazine also helped me form a more comprehensive yet functional wardrobe. As any fashion intern knows, everything you wear needs to be chic, comfortable and transitional!
Cf: What is your best advice you've learned from working in the industry?
MW: I think in styling there should definitely be a focus on mixing different genres of style such as mixing high-end couture with lower-end street wear which can make for such an interesting combination! Making style rules that work for you is honestly the most important thing I can stress.
CF: What are your fashion aspirations?
MW: My fashion aspiration would be to work at one of the major fashion magazines such as Vogue or Elle Magazine. I love the whole fashion industry, but after working for an actual publication, I know that would be the place for me.
CF: Favorite designers?
MW: Alexander Wang, Theyskens' Theory and YSL.
CF: What trends are you looking forward to this fall?
MW: For fall, I always am looking forward to chunky knit sweaters and scarves but for this season in particular I can't wait to wear all of my ankle boots, printed pants, blazer coats and anything with a leather accent! Fall also provides one of my favorite color palates: dark brown, taupe, burgundy and winter white being some of my favorite shades to wear!
How To: Mia’s outfit stands out because she chose items that do not conventionally complement each other, yet the risk works. I have to say that harem pants were one trend I thought I’d never try, but I love how Mia’s are a bit more understated. Combined with her long legs, the pants are incredibly flattering instead of the parachute effect harem pants with too much extra fabric cause. Try these Helmut harem pants for a similar effect. Pair with a crop top, flannel shirt and leather jacket, and you too can walk through the streets of Manhattan with a look that could not be more relaxed and cool.