En route to the light rail, I spotted Fashionista Thuy Phan. Even from a far distance her layered outfit was eye-catching. As I drew nearer, Phan’s outfit was even more beautiful. Up close the layers still appeared synced and even closer, details looked well crafted. One of the first things Fashionista Phan shared with me was her love for black clothing. She soon began telling me the seasons in which she purchased the pieces and it became obvious – this girl adores fashion. I took the opportunity to understand Phan’s style and her inspirations.

Name: Thuy Phan

Year: Senior

Major: Biochemistry

College Fashionista: How would you describe your style?

Thuy Phan: Eccentric, mysterious, "black".

CF: From who or where do you draw inspiration?

TP: Italian fashion, emergence of fashion design in Nordic countries, Japanese street fashion and Chanel catwalks.

CF: Who’s your fashion icon?

TP: Coco Chanel.

How To: Drawing inspiration from legendary icons like Chanel will only serve your fashion taste justice if you follow their beliefs. Chanel once said, “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” Phan’s favorite combinations are black and grey. To create a similar look to Phan’s, layering in dark shades will be key. First begin with a basic modern tee in grey. Top it with a light black cashmere sweater. Above those two layers add a chunky sweater in either all black, grey or mixed. Phan’s choice of skirt added volume and a good subtle offset to the outfit. This painstroke print woven skirt from Forever 21 is recommended. Beneath the skirt add a pair of black denim jeggins. Phan’s edgy knee-high boots finish the look. For a similar pair, try DSW’s online store. The selection of tall boots won’t leave you disappointed. Whether it’s spring or summer, layering in creative, weather-friendly ways is possible.

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