This week's Fashionisto transforms the crisp cuts of classic items into a laid-back look that's perfect for fall. Senior Ferdie Ruplin contrasts slim-fit dark denim with a soft striped henley to create a minimal look that's both classic and comfortable. Finished with square-toe shoes, cuffed hems and a brick-red vintage backpack, this Fashionisto's ensemble transforms back-to-school basics into a style statement of character.

Name: Ferdie Ruplin

Year: Senior

Major: Business

CollegeFashionista: Do you think your interest in music inspires the way you dress? Who or what do you think has the biggest effect on your personal style?

Ferdie Ruplin: I believe that who you are as a person comes out through your style. As my biggest passion, music has had a huge impact on how I've developed as a person, and thus has also had a tremendous effect on my style.

CF: If you had to whittle down your wardrobe to five items, what would they be?

FR: A pair of dark denim, a broken in plaid shirt, a short sleeved Henley, a casual pair of oxfords and a tailored navy blue suit.

CF: Do you think that your personal style reflects aspects of your personality in any way?

FR: I believe that the simple yet bold characteristics of my personality are sort of reflected in my personal style.

CF: Has living in New York City influenced or inspired the way you dress at all?

FR: In addition to continuous inspiration, I think New York City pushes you to find your specific fashion niche. 

CF: Where do you typically look for style inspiration?

FR: It's easy to be inspired in New York; all I have to do is walk around.

How To: Get this Fashionisto's look by cuffing structured denim and pairing with an easygoing henley or breezy T-shirt. Complete the look with intriguing oxfords or vintage backpack like this week's Fashionisto.

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