There are some trends that don't sit well with everyone. Sometimes a particular look dominates the runways for a given season, and even though all the 'experts' are saying that it's the next big thing, you just can't wrap your head around it. That's how I feel about knits. For some reason, I've just never been able to jump on that bandwagon. They strike me as chunky, hot and bothersome. That's why I was so surprised when I saw this Fashionista looking so amazing in her knit shirt. My image of knits had always been of hot sweater-like things with turtle necks and lots of fabric. Her ouftit showed me that knits can be casual and wearable, and not cumbersome-the way I've always envisioned them. This Fashionista made me appreciate the casual quality of a good knit piece. With a few understated accesories, she made her knit piece a head turner.

Name: Stephanie Smith

Year: Freshman

Major: Nutrition

College Fashionista: What is your favorite part of this outfit?

Stephanie Smith: Definitely my boots. I like the equestrian trend and the feel of riding boots. Additionally I really like this color.

CF: Describe your personal style in three words.

SS: I would say, urban, boheminan and causal.

CF: What are your shopping habits like? Where do you like to shop and why?

SS: Honestly I shop far too much! I would say at least once or twice every two weeks. I like stores like Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Steve Madden, Aldo and H&M. I think those stores make it easy to find things to mix and match outfits and they always have current trends. 

CF: How do you go about dressing for the New England winters?

SS: I guess just layering. I like to wear cute jackets and I also really like those 'hobo mitten' gloves.

How to: To get Stephanie's look, find a great knit that you think you can rock as the base for your outfit. Add a simple pair of jeans or leggings that aren't too flashy, and top it off with a great pair of riding boots and a few statement accessories. A great knit is hard to find, but when you do, it's worth the wait.

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