Fashion on campus is something that can be very underestimated. The truth is, every student decides what to put on in the morning before they come to school -whether a student chooses to hone in on their own savvy style or neglect it is entirely up to them. I have taken interest in finding the cream of the crop when it comes to campus style. Among the sea of Abercrombie and American Eagle polo’s, Volcom hoodies and Hollister jeans, there are many who choose to veer away from fast fashion style traps and create their own personal look. I’ve challenged myself to find those individuals who have taken style into their own hands and made it work. I will analyze the main focus of their wardrobe and break it down in writing. I will compare their look to those in a brighter spotlight where inspiration can be gained when it comes to fashion.
My first victim for the Student LookBook was photography student Valen Hunter, 21. I ran into her after class and noticed her shirt with a crocheted neckline and hem. I thought her look was very feminine and crafty. I continued on to her bright turquoise cardigan and yellow mittens with white trim. They reminded me of little details one might find on a gingerbread house. Valen’s look was a combination of simple, comfortable clothing that still had little details that made it unique. Her brown hair was wavy and her bangs were trimmed right above her eyebrows. Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer) immediately crossed my mind. Valen’s simple cotton attire and pleasant color palette along with the right haircut led me to think of the charming Deschanel.
When speaking with Valen about her style, I asked her what celebrity had some sort of influence on her style. Before she could answer, I blurted out “Is it Zooey Deschanel?” To her surprise -not mine- I was correct. Deschanel is a beacon for mixing vintage fashions with modern trends. She favors classic silhouettes like A-line skirts and nipped in waits. Deschanel like to keep her hair natural colors but her clothes are often bright and colorful. Valen explained that she likes to “mix old styles with new styles” and also told me she keeps her eye out for little details like lace and crocheted details as well as “avoiding clothing with words or names of stores on them.” Valen’s priority is to find comfortable clothing at a good price, and she has managed to maintain a feminine, crafty style that she can call her own. Valen suggested some websites that she frequents like etsy.com and modcloth.com in search for homemade items and eclectic apparel.
Some other suggestions for creating a more crafty or feminine look would have to begin by making sure there is some knitwear. Try a simple knit-jersey tee with a scarf that you knitted yourself. Or you could add a hair accessory like a bow or knit headband. Also try keeping it simple with a basic color palette and natural makeup, if that. If this look isn’t for you, try something that fits your own unique personality. Our first impressions tell people a lot about us.