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Looks on Campus: Katie – University of Washington

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Seattle is usually slightly warm during the month of June, with typical highs ranging from the 50’s to low 70’s. But on this day, a miracle happened: clear blue skies and sunny 78 degree weather!

I found Katie lounging in the long-forgotten Seattle sun with a friend as I was wandering around the beautiful University of Washington campus. While she seemed a bit shy at first, it turned out she was sweet and bright, just like her outfit!

Katie 101

University of Washington student style

Name: Katie

Major: Cellular Biology

Year: Junior

School: University of Washington, Seattle campus

Let’s Talk Fashion

What inspires your style? “Comfort, really.”

Where do you like to shop? “I like to shop at Buffalo Exchange and consignment shops.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “It’s more casual and outdoorsy. I don’t usually wear skirts that often.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I just got back from Alaska, my home [state]. The weather was nice outside, so I decided to wear a skirt!”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Dress comfortably. Wear something that makes you happy.”

What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I like to hike and ski. Also, I like to bake a lot. During finals I do a lot of stress baking for my roommates.”

Elements of Katie’s Outfit

1. Color Contrast

Street style at the university of Washington

Katie’s bright orange J. Crew v-neck and dark blue patterned skirt from Urban Outfitters instantly caught my eye. In this look, the orange tee grounds the outfit, and the unique patterned skirt takes center stage. Also, the contrasting colors takes her casually cute outfit to a terrifically fashionable level.

2. Lackadaisical Bow

Printed skirt with bow college street fashion

The bow on the back of Katie’s skirt lends a feminine touch to her outfit and quite literally ties the look together. Its effortlessness is another indication of her fashionable and casual sense of style.

3. Minimalist Jewelry

College student fashionista rocking minimalist yet chic jewelry

Katie’s minimalist jewelry really shows her personality. Her earrings were a birthday gift from her mother and resemble the ovals in the pattern of her skirt. The elegant lines of her ring are balanced, while the silver coloring flows with the tones in her outfit. It’s the little details like these that really make this ensemble stand out!

What do you think of Katie’s sunny-day style?

Do you love her bold patterned skirt and delicate jewelry? What do you wear on gorgeous summer days? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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Runway Looks for Less: Tibi Resort 2014

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Tibi Resort 2014
Tibi Resort 2014 | ELLE

I am a big fan of minimalist fashion, so when I stumbled upon Tibi’s Resort 2014 collection, I knew I had to share it with our beloved CF readers for inspiration. Though the collection’s color palette tended to stay in neutral territory, colorful paint splatter details and the ever-present thick strapped sandals upped the looks’ relaxed vibe.

The simple silhouettes were elevated by menswear detailing, which added a kind of androgyny through its oversized – but tailored – features. In addition, the variety of fabrics throughout the collection added texture and interest.

Lusting after these simple yet chic looks, but not so infatuated with their price tag? Keep reading for three budget-friendly outfits inspired by Tibi’s 2014 resort collection:

1. Comfy Chic

Tibi resort 2014 look 1
Photo: ELLE

Any combo of black, white, and gray adds a dash of sophistication to any getup, and this look is perfect because it makes an otherwise laid-back outfit a bit dressier.

The oversized boyfriend-style cardigan contrasts nicely with the black midi skirt, and the white tee continues to the keep the outfit grounded. Also, the dash of deep red from the sandals keeps the ensemble from looking too dark. We think this look would be ideal for those cooler summer mornings spent running errands!

Get the Look:

Tibi resort 2014 outfit 1
Product Info: Top- NastyGal, Skirt- Boohoo, Cardigan- H&M, Shoes- ASOS, Hair Waver- Macy’s

Recreate this outfit by pairing a black midi skirt with a loose white tee, both in airy fabrics reminiscent of the crepe skirt in the original designer look. Choose a soft, heather gray cardigan in a relaxed fit and deep red sandals with gold detailing to keep the comfy-chic vibe going. Finish the look by imitating the model’s soft, relaxed waves!

2. Leather and Ice

Tibi resort 2014 look 2
Photo: ELLE

In this second look from Tibi’s Resort 2014 collection, this icy blue color is center stage. Not only is the hue gorgeous, but it’s also a unique choice; this shade of blue is generally associated with cooler weather, and isn’t usually seen in resort collections.

Other than the sweater, the caged detail at the edge of the leather shorts is both trendy and edgy. Meanwhile, the white hue of the thick-strapped sandals plays off the cool blue.

Get the Look:

Tibi Resort 2014 outfit inspiration
Product Info: Sweater- Target, Shorts- ASOS, Shoes- ASOS, Clutch- Mango, Bronzer- Topshop

Get inspired and combine a roomy sweater in a similar hue to the original with a pair of relaxed, tailored leather shorts. Pick some sandals with wide straps, then accessorize with a white leather clutch that has laser-cut detailing reminiscent of the caged detailing in the original outfit’s shorts. Brush a bit of bronzer to add some warmth to the cool-hued outfit!

3. Prints on Prints on Pants

Tibi resort 2014 look 3
Photo: ELLE

The menswear inspiration is most present in this outfit, thanks to this fab oversized vest. The tapered, paint splatter print pants add a bit of whimsy to an otherwise masculine top. Just like the last look, the cool blues and greens of the print are a great alternative to the typically warm colors present during summer.

Get the Look:

Tibi resort 2014 outfit 3
Product Info: Top- Miss Guided, Pants- Forever 21, Vest- NastyGal, Shoes- Topshop, Bracelet- Topshop, Ring Set- Topshop

For a similar look, choose tapered pants with some blue hues. Pair with a simple black tank top under a longline, loose vest before picking a pair of patent leather sandals. Add a bit of edge with silver accessories, like this multi-row bracelet and these square rings.

Your Thoughts?

What did you think of this collection? Are you tempted to recreate one of Tibi’s looks? Which of these outfits is your favorite and would you wear any of them? Do you have suggestions for future featured designers? Remember to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Fashion Inspiration: Dior’s Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Fragrance


Miss Dior blooming bouquet fragrance ad
Photo Courtesy of Dior

Blooming Bouquet – a  lovely pink eau de toilette in a sweet bow-accented bottle – is Dior’s newest Miss Dior fragrance. Designed to be light, sparkling, and a little flirtatious, it’s a floral scent featuring notes of Italian mandarin essence, pink peony, and white musk. Its effortless elegance gives it a very Parisian feel, so it’s the perfect scent if you adore chic French style.

To see what I mean, check out Dior’s Blooming Bouquet commercial featuring Natalie Portman:

This floral scent, its bottle, and Dior’s ad campaigns instantly inspired me to put together two outfits that would pair perfectly with Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet:

Outfit #1

Miss dior graphic tee scalloped shorts
Product Info: Shirt, Shorts, Bag, Sandals, Bangles | Hair Photo: ELLE

This casual yet glam daytime ensemble is perfect for a bit of weekend shopping or sightseeing. I love this outfit’s color combo of pink, gold, white, and black, which I think has a very elegant, feminine, and French feel. Start by pairing a cute white graphic tee with black scalloped shorts, then slip on some gold gladiator sandals. Accessorize with decorative gold bangles and a pink crossbody bag. Style your hair in a simple but romantic side braid for the finishing touch.

Outfit #2

Miss dior rose print dress
Product Info: Dress, Heels, Necklace, Clutch, Rings | Hair Photo: ELLE

This is a more formal look that would work perfectly for a wedding, garden party, fancy brunch, or romantic date. The rose print dress hints at Miss Dior’s floral scent, and pairs perfectly with chic, feminine pink wedge heels. A jeweled statement necklace and gold rings add some glamour, and a twisted, slightly-messy updo gives it that undone-yet-polished Parisian look. Be sure to grab a simple white clutch for your essentials as you head out the door.


Have you tried Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet? Which look is your favorite? What do you think of the ad campaign? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Ashley Greene, Keke Palmer, & Jessica Alba


Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Ashley Greene, Keke Palmer, and Jessica Alba

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Ashley Greene, Keke Palmer, and Jessica Alba’s street style. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Ashley Greene’s Printed Palazzo Pants

Ashley Greene wearing printed palazzo pants and an aqua blue top
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Actress Ashley Greene embraced summer’s trend of printed (and colorful) wide-leg pants by pairing hers with a bright sleeveless top, chunky heels, and a cool handbag. Palazzo pants are a total throwback trend that bring back ’60s and ’70s style in a fun way.

As Ashley proves here, bold printed palazzo pants look fab when paired with a tank or crop top; we think they also make for a good beach or pool cover-up!

Outfit Inspired by Ashley

Ashley Greene Outfit
Pants, Top, Shoes, Bag

Ashley’s look is stylish and eye-catching – perfect for those who aren’t afraid to step outside the box and go bold! However, in this recreation, I toned down the outfit’s color scheme a bit to make it more wearable. These printed palazzo pants have a more neutral color scheme, while the square-shaped crop top brings out the burgundy hue in the pants.

Because this outfit has a retro vibe, play it up with a fringed bag and wooden platform wedges. This outfit is especially chic for a night out, but is also fun option for a vacation or beach-y locale.

Look 2: Keke Palmer’s Black & White Ensemble

Keke Palmer wearing a black and white striped dress and Converse
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Keke Palmer was all smiles in this black-and-white combo: a striped mini dress and Converse sneakers, along with a black crossbody bag. Keke’s look is cute and on-trend with a put-together yet comfy vibe.

A printed dress is a summer must-have, and Keke’s dress can be dressed up or down, which makes it a versatile pick that’s perfect for a hot day.

Outfit Inspired by Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer Outfit
Dress, Sneakers, Bag, Sunglasses

A black-and-white color scheme is a classic that will always be in style, and a striped mini dress is cute option for summer. A dress like this can be worn for day or night, but here we paired it with comfy Converse for a cool and casual daytime look.

Accessorize this easy-to-put-together ensemble with a black handbag – the gold studs on this one add a chic touch – and dark sunglasses in a unique shape.

Look 3: Jessica Alba’s Funky Yet Chic Look

Jessica Alba wearing jeans, a white blazer, printed blouse, and red shoes
Photo: Pacific Coast News

We can always count on Jessica Alba to be wear something totally fashion-forward and trendy, and she didn’t disappoint this week. She dressed up her ankle-length jeans with bold red flats, a funky blouse, a white blazer, and a color-blocked handbag.

Jessica’s look has a lot of colors going on, but they all come together to create a polished yet funky look that is a fun take on casual chic.

Outfit Inspired by Jessica

Jessica Alba Outfit
Blazer, Top, Jeans, Flats, Bag

Jessica’s outfit can be worn for a bunch of different scenarios, and, like Keke’s dress, it can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Start with summery ankle-length skinny jeans and a colorful printed blouse. A blazer pulls any outfit together, and the white color of Jessica’s adds another summer-appropriate touch.

For a more casual getup, go for some bright red flats, like Jessica; for a dressier ensemble, switch them out for heels. Play off the colors found throughout the look with a neutral-toned color-blocked handbag.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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