By Cassie Coughlin |Staff Writer|
College is not only the time you pick your future career, but it’s also the time you develop your personal fashion style.
Fashion holds a different meaning to every person, but for many it is all about expressing one’s own personality instead of focusing on the latest trends.
“My fashion style is definitely a risk taker,” said student McKenzie Gutierrez.
“I can go from wearing all black with my checkered vans one day, to wearing a sun dress and my cowgirl boots, it just kind of depends on how I am feeling that day,” added Gutierrez.
As Gutierrez described, her style is risky in the sense that she does not worry about trends but picks her outfits based on her desired mood; this could lead to wearing a floral romper one day, then a leather jacket the next.
Her versatility could be due to the different style icons she pulls inspiration from.
“I really love Lauren Conrad because she’s just timeless, and everything’s very clean and cut. Vanessa Hudgens because she’s very bohemian. Also Kendall Jenner because she is edgy but also really classy with how she takes on a trend,” said Gutierrez.
Regardless of your style preference, sometimes all you need to complete a look is the perfect accessory, or a staple piece that can pull any outfit together.
For Gutierrez, that favorite go-to accessory is her cheetah booties.
“They are so easy to throw on, I can literally put a pair of shorts and my white v-neck and these shoes”, said Gutierrez, “I can take on the world with a good pair of shoes.”
When she’s looking for new additions to her wardrobe, Gutierrez shops at Nordstrom, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21; and Lux Clothing, which is a local boutique she works at in Riverside.
Since we’re As college students it can be hard to fit clothes shopping into our already tight budget, but this fashionable Yote’ finds a way.
“If you are looking for something on a budget, definitely stick with Forever 21, if you devote time and effort you can always find something cute there,” said Gutierrez.
If you do find a fashion item you’re willing to splurge on, make sure that item can be worn multiple ways so it is worth the purchase.
“I find something that I can wear many different ways, something very versatile, you can dress it up or dress it down, that’s when I know it’s a good investment or purchase,” explained Gutierrez.
Besides grabbing that key accessory, or finding items that will work in various ways, the biggest [fashion] advice is to be yourself.
“Forget the rules, if you like it wear it, self-confidence is the best outfit so just rock it,” said Gutierrez.