This little fashionista was spotted while eating brunch. I aspire to be as fearless as she is in my style choices.
Sunny Spring weather = jackpot for spotting amazing style around campus. This is Maddie and Jess, who were kind enough to let me take their picture this last Friday. I love the pattern on Jess’ dress (very Mossimo-esque, no?), the matching blue flower in her hair and the navy blue sheer button down as a cover-up.
Maddie’s look is equally as Spring-y, but with a touch of classic/retro style. Love the colored sunglasses frames and the scarf that matches the shirt. But the jean skirt and the Birkenstocks keep it from being too stuffy; perfect for campus.
Maddie’s earring board was actually what first caught my eye. She’s raising money for her service trip to Rawanda this summer my selling her handmade earrings. She also jsut found out that while she’s there she’s going to have the opportunity to teach some of the women there who are getting out of prostitution how to make earrings themselves, so they have a skill they can utilize and make money from.
The’ye only $6 a pair, so of course I had to get some. I fell for these yellow and gold beaded hoops; so bright and spring-y.
Look at these fly dudes, that’s Justin, Scott and the one on the right is named Dre.
I met Dre the first day of freshman year as I was moving into my dorm room. My mom and I were assembling shelves and all of a sudden Dre appeared in the doorway, asking if we needed any help. He was just going all around, saying hello to people. Since then, any time I’d see Dre around campus he’d give me a big hug and a smile, and he knows practically everyone. He is like a shot of instant sunshine.
Sadly, I haven’t run into Dre on campus in a really long time. It was like he disappeared into the ether. But yesterday, he finally resurfaced!
At first he caught my eye being so tall, and then I noticed that this skateboarder was carrying a small bouquet of colorful flowers. And then I realized who it was. He told me the flowers were for his girlfriend. D’awww.
I just loved the uniquity of the image, and then I noticed that all three of the guys were wearing shirts with variations of the same elephant print and that clinched it; they needed to be featured.
There’s nothing I love more than those perfectly, cosmically orchestrated moments in life.
We’ve been having a unexpected stretch of real Spring weather here in Seattle. Sun! Very little wind! Actual warmth! Awesome weather for lying around to study in the grass, and also awesome for style creativity. I have lots of upcoming posts highlighting the campus style I’ve been spotting. First though, let’s get my mediocre face out of the way.
I was sort of inspired by seeing the new Dark Shadows movie and all that amazing 70’s style, plus the late-60’s fashion being featured this season on Mad Men. So many fun, crazy patterns! So I went for a full 70’s spring look. Luckily, my Mom was a teenager during the 70’s and she’s a pack-rat like me, so she kept a lot of stuff around that I now have.
Also a hurdle for this outfit: more hair was dirty and gross and I didn’t have time to wash it, so I needed a creative and non-ugly way to hide that hot mess. The winter solution: hats. Spring solution: scarves!
- My patterned scarf was one I stole/”permanently borrowed” from my Mom. It’s got such a great ethnic-inspired colorful pattern, plus it’s long and wide enough to cover pretty much all of my hair. I also did an inside out french braid on both sides of my hair, starting from the temples, just to make sure no gross bits would sneak out during the day.
- Earrings: also, vintage, also from Mom. They are little glass vial thingys and in both of them their are real dried flowers, a daisy and a little red flower. They are so hippie and wonderful and I got a nice compliment from Hope (of the floral shoes) on them.
- The rest of the jewelry is Goodwill, hand-me-down and these from AEO.
- Shirt: also from my Mom! This is a vintage embroidered shirt my Mom got on a trip to Mexico. It’s a pretty standard style (you’ve probably seen at least one at Goodwill/thrift store) but I like that I got mine from my Mom. It’s got a nice A-line, floaty cut that is great for a warmer day when you don’t want something skin-tight.
- Sunglasses: also passed on from mom; not vintage though. Same ones from this post.
- Necklace: Not from Mom! This is an old, old Goodwill find. It’s an awesome statement pendant, with colorful enamel outlined in gold. The flowers and butterfly make it perfect for Spring, and the flowers go with the earrings.
- Jacket: Modcloth Auto Pilot Jacket ($15.99 on sale). This jacket is actually really thin, way thinner than it would appear. Not great as a winter jacket, but surprisingly good for when the wind gets a little chilly, even with the sun out. Unfortunately, the second time I put this jacket on one of the buttons came off, and now another is hanging by a thread. I can easily sew a button on, I’ve just been too lazy. But I think it looks fine - maybe even better - un-buttoned. I was inspired to do some 70’s faux-fur from collections like this BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012 and J. Mendel Fall 2012.
- Bottom half: old wide legged Old Navy shorts that are at least 3 sizes too big, from my “bigger” days in middle or early high school. Cinched that ish up with a flowered faux-suede belt and the top of the shirt covered the awkward bunching in the front + silver Birkenstocks.
Okay, what do y’all think of my 1970’s inspired Friday look?
This is Hope, a totally rad young lady in my sociology of gender class. Ok, to be more specific, these are the feet of Hope (which actually sounds like an awesome band name).
Anyway, I love these floral print flats she was rocking today, especially with the slightly pointed toe. Perfect for yet another implausibly sunny Seattle Spring day.
Plus, we exchanged mutual snaps on each others style as we walked out of class. Oh, Friday, you are rocking so far. Please keep it up.
My very first professor for a campus style photo! I was actually really anxious asking asking, but luckily I had communications professor Dr. Purcell for a general studies course my freshman year, and he is pretty rad. One time, our class discussion topic was art and he decided that he need to dress up as an “artist”, so he borrowed a scarf from a student and fashioned it into an ascot, and I think he also had a beret? He also has an impressive presence, since he’s about 8 feet tall (even though he tends to hunch over to appear shorter).
Anyway, Dr. Purcell often wears bow ties, and this combination felt particularly appropriate for such a bright and sunny day last Friday. Look at that bright blue shirt and the patterned dark purple bow tie! That shit is classy, yo.
It’s surprising how easy it is to cultivate the ‘WASP-y-chic’ look with only a couple of items.
- Trench Coat: Banana Republic (straight up the most expensive clothing item I have ever bought. It was 40% at Portland’s Fashion Night Out and I still agonized over the purchase for about a whole hour. Buying expensive things makes me incredibly anxious, because I should probably not be allowed to have nice things).
- Sunglasses and tan headband: pretty old and definitely very cheap. The sunglasses are ones my mom gave me because she didn’t like how big they are. Honestly, the headband is probably from Claire’s, or like, Target.
$360 for Tom Ford Nikita’s or $12 for these ones I found at a thrift store. #luckyday
The boys at the Goodwill Ball.
That first guy was ON IT, for pretty much the entire night. He was nearly constantly just running/dancing around the dance in a big circle, over and over and over again. He was also very tricky to catch in not-a-pose, and I was even trying to be sneaky.
The 2nd guy is for my Dad, who’s a runner. I did like the addition of the bow tie and nice shoes.
I like the 3rd guys outfit for the colors. Bright blue pants + tie, light pink shirt and a bright pink watch. Also, just check out that camera angle; yes, I was lying on the floor. #importantinformation
You can see how the ladies of the night look in my previous post.
Last Friday night, there was an on-campus dance called the “Goodwill Ball” where the idea was to wear your best vintage/thrifted/Goodwill-sourced outfits. Unfortunately, a lot of people basically ignored this, but there were some people who showed in fabulous and fashionable thrifted fashion.
I tried to capture as many of these looks as possible, and a huge thank you to everyone who was such a good sports about getting their pictures taken, despite it being about 100 degrees inside the dance.
I saw lots of current trends in the outfits I snapped. Floral, lace (love that blue lace in the last photo), tribal patterns and some 70’s inspired patterns.
As for people’s names, a lot of them I didn’t catch or didn’t know. In the 2nd photo (and on the right in the 6th photo) is my friend Molly, who was totally Rosie the Riveter-chic; in the 8th photo is my friend Erin, who also was in 40s/50s garb (love those t-strap shoes!); in the 2nd-to-last photo is my friend Deandra.
If you see yourself or your friend in one of these pictures and want to let me know their name (and/or their Tumblr!) here; alternatively, if you’d rather not have your photo featured here, just use that same link to send me a message and I’ll take it down.
And don’t worry, I didn’t forget the boys! Their post is right here.