Metallic, coated, shimmery, floral–it seems like all the current denim trends aren’t even truly denim! I too have gotten so wrapped up in experimenting with pants as a statement piece, that I almost forgot how a classic pair of blue jeans can make a killer look. By playing with texture through her ripped denim and suede booties and combining those casual pieces with more refined ones, this week’s Fashionista proves that old reliable blue jeans are iconic for a reason.

Name-Coco Quinlan



CollegeFashionista: Where is everything you're wearing from?

Coco Quinlan: My shirt is from Gap, sweater is from Zara, 7 For All Mankind jeans and shoes are Gap. Socks are Smartwool, scarf is Sonia Rykiel, jacket is J.Crew and Louis Vuitton bag.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?
CQ: Eclectic, definitely. But with an eye for lines and an inclination towards a mute colored 1920s/1970s mix. I like to mix some good, staple pieces with less expensive finds. A good balance is key.

CF: Where do you get inspiration?

CQ: All fashion magazines, especially Vogue. I also love looking at designers’ collections to see what new, interesting things they are putting out. I shop online constantly, and I follow countless fashion blogs. I also get a lot of inspiration from other New Yorkers. People have brilliant style here.

CF: Who is your celebrity style icon?
CQ: Kind of cliché, but I adore Mary-Kate’s and Ashley Olsen's styles, as well as Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Zoe, Kate Moss and Emma Watson.

CF: Favorite stores or brands?
CQ: Lots! Nordstrom always because they have everything! Saks, J.Crew, Gap, H&M, Zara, Topshop. As for big name brands, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Burberry, Tory Burch, J Brand…just to name a few!

CF: What's your best tip for dressing for winter weather?
CQ: A good jacket always looks cool. Also hats, mittens or gloves make you look fashionable and sane. You're dressing for the weather!

How to: What I love about Coco’s look is how it’s the perfect balance between casual and chic. While black and ivory tend to be a color combo associated with more classic attire, the destroyed jeans and khaki booties dress it down. Pair Coco’s jeans and peacoat with these MICHAEL Michael Kors booties to capture the same effortless vibe. Throw on your favorite comfy sweater and scarf, and you have a slimming look that will still keep you bundled up this winter.

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