How convenient that Forever 21 is having a back-to-school contest right when I return to Chictopia, with photos I took in my colleges newspaper office, while wearing a dress I bought at Forever 21 in January! I swear I didn’t plan this at all. Just a happy coicidence! I’m not a college student anymore, but I’m still part of the community here. My boyfriend is editing the handbook for new students this summer and I’m contributing a few articles.
Among my friends, I’m the only one who really cares about fashion and style. I’m not saying that everyone I know dresses like a slob (though everyone at my school has to be very, very focused on their studies, so sometimes things like laundry and personal hygiene fall by the wayside) but a lot of people I know have remarked on my ability to dress up nearly every day. I don’t have a lot of clothes, but I’ve gotten really good at combining what I have to create new and interesting outfits, and some things I don’t have I’m able to make myself. I do put a lot of effort into my outfits, so it’s gratifying that so many friends and acquaintances notice and complement my style!
I live in Portland, so there are a lot of hipsters at my school. By wearing plaid, big boots, and glasses I could look like everyone else walking around my campus, but several details set this outfit apart. Full skirts fitted at the waist are the basis of my personal style, and the plaid shirt actually used to be an XXXL men’s shirt–I altered it to fit me better but it’s still pretty baggy and the collar frames my face pretty dramatically. I love these color combinations, too. I have a lot of different shades of blue in my wardrobe, but I don’t have a lot of turquoise. Luckily, it’s a color that looks great with many pieces I already own!
In general my style is a lot more "romantic"—I love the fifties with its full skirts and dramatic shapes, and I also add a few preppy details like oxfords and button-up shirts. This outfit is a little more lumberjack-y than usual, but I have to pay tribute to my Oregon roots! I’d like to think that I stand out from the crowd, but also look like I belong there.
more at my blog: The Modern Rustic