There's no avoiding the Vineyard Vines strewn across campus or the speeding Sperry Top-Sider's that sail over the Commonwealth Ave concrete. Baseball caps bob as canvas bags sway. It sounds like a harbor side forest, but that's essentially what the fashion world of BU looks like. “It's a jungle out there.”

Despite the disproportionate ratio of West-Coasters/foreigners to native East Coasters here at BU, New England style reigns supreme. So, my fellow Fashionistos and Fashionistas, I pose the following question: Should we as a school be ashamed to so easily give into the fashion stylings of our region? 

I don't think so. I mean, at least we live in Boston. There are worse things than plaid button-ups and candy colored, rolled-up trousers. At least we don't put a bird on everything…

Name: Samantha Dutra

Major: Photojournalism

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Samantha Dutra: It's definitely a little preppy and completely New England-inspired. I like to dress simply and not be too outrageous.

CF: Has going to boarding school influenced your style today?

SD: Well, in boarding school we didn't have a uniform, but we had a very strict dress code. So if we were wearing pants, we had to wear a blazer. Now, I think it's sort of ingrained in me to try to look put together for class. No sweats and pajamas…ever

CF: Has studying photojournalism influenced how you dress?

SD: Probably. I look at outfits with more of an artistic sense. I think about color now. Photojournalism has really sharpened my eye for detail as well.

CF: What are your go-to stores?

SD: J.Crew, Anthropologie and Madewell.

CF: What is your favorite fall garment?

SD: A military-inspired jacket. I'm in love with the one I'm wearing.

How To: To get this casual New England prep look, pair a V-neck knit with in-your-face-red jeans, tan boat shoes and a crisp, olive green jacket. Throw on as many nautical-inspired accessories as you can. It's so quick and easy you'll have time to go sailing!

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