FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Sierra Sarkis

Music festival fashion has become synonymous with everyday style the past two years. I mean, everyone and their mothers’ style blogs and magazines have dedicated at least one post to “Coachella Fashion: How to Get it!” And for what? Looking around campus, it is clear that denim cutoffs, knit sweaters and loose tanks have become the quick go-to look, no tutorial required.

With Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly Music Festival (the East Coast’s first music festival) and summer in general upon us, I think it is time we celebrate this new boho beach-Music Festival fusion.

Fashionista Sierra Sarkis brought this summery fusion to campus on a rainy day. She wore beach essentials, an open-knit sweater, pastel cut offs and beachy waves, with rock-and-roll leather combat boots. Which brings me to this case and point — why doesn’t Boston host a music festival? Get on it, City Council!

Name: Sierra Sarkis

Major: Marine Biology, Minor in Biology

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Sierra Sarkis: I'd say it's relatively unconventional, quirky, natural, free-spirited and easy going, although I know my friends would describe it as boho/hippie. I'm certainly not trying to blend in. The items in my closet are pretty diverse, so it's hard to encapsulate my style into a few words.

CF: What are your favorite brands and stores?

SS: My favorite brands include (but of course, are never limited to): Free People (my Achilles heel, in terms of fashion), Urban Outfitters, BB Dakota, Wild Fox, Dolce Vita, Vince, AllSaints, minkpink … and the list goes on. My favorite online shops would have to be: Planet Blue, Free People, Libby Story, and Nasty Gal.

CF: What is your style philosophy?

SS: I think personal style is just another form of self-expression. Regardless of who you are, people will form opinions of you based on how you present yourself. With that being said, I find it exceedingly important that people dress in what makes them comfortable and confident. Express yourself through your clothing, and let people know how you want to be perceived.

CF: Where do you get your style inspiration?

SS: It's a combination of ideals, from style icons to fashion blogs, storefronts and everyday street style. My personal fashion icons range from the Olsen twins to Kate Moss (not the widest range, I know). Vintage looks always provide me with fun style ideas as well. When I see something I like, I'll try to imitate it, but I always end up adding my own personal twists.

How To: To get this boho beach look, all you need is a great loose knit sweater, a pair of colorful cut offs and combat boots. Accessorize with a braided leather belt and long layered necklaces. Style your long beachy waves in a half-updo and tie a double braided headband. Viola — Venice Beach style in Boston.

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