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CF Reader Spotlight #2 – Catarina – Evora, Portugal



When choosing the next Reader Spotlight, I wanted to pick someone with a classic summer look that we could all emulate as August slowly fades away and September arrives. Catarina’s look was definitely perfect for this ideal- she rocks summer’s hottest trends but makes them work with her own simple, practical style. Though this week’s featured reader is not yet a college girl, she is a young fashionista who is a perfect source of inspiration.

The Interview


Name: Catarina

Age: 17

School: High school

Major: Communication Design

Hometown: Évora, Portugal

Your style in three words: Eclectic, practical, fresh.

Interests and hobbies: “Photography, sketching, fashion (of course!), cinema, and reading.”

What is your style philosophy? “I like to think that less is more. So I try to keep it simple and modest -sometimes!”

Who is your fashion idol? “I admire Patti Smith, although she’s not that much into the fashion scene these days. And others like Zooey Deschanel and Kate Moss.”

What is your favorite summer trend, and how have you been wearing it? “I love the navy/nautical look! I like to combine my navy blouses with boyfriend jeans folded down or with shorts. On my feet, oxfords or keds.”

What three clothing pieces or accessories can you not live without? “Skinny jeans are in first place, is life even possible without them? Then, my cardigan collection and my Dr Martens.”

Fashion advice? “Simplicity rocks! You can wear a really simple outfit and then accessorize it with something outstanding.”

Outfits Inspired by Catarina

Outfit One- Simply Eclectic


Product Information: Shirt- Old Navy, Skirt- Delia’s, Shoes- Urban Outfitters, Hat- Tilly’s, Necklace- Wet Seal

Imitate Catarina’s simple but eclectic style with this adorable floral skirt paired with a basic off-white tee. Catarina also has a hint of prep in her look – an aesthetic that you can channel with these classic cutout oxfords and a simple straw fedora. Tie the whole outfit together with a silver floral necklace and you are ready for a nice summer’s day!

Outfit Two- Floral Frenzy


Product Information: Romper- Modcloth, Belt- Forever 21, Shoes- Urban Outfitters, Hat- Tilly’s, Necklace- Wet Seal

For those of you who are daring and fashion-forward, take Catarina’s look to a whole new level of floral frenzy with this summery romper. I like this romper even better than a floral dress for its comfort factor and uniqueness. I showed the back of the romper above because of its interesting cut-out look- one that will match the teardrop details of the black oxford shoes. Finally, just throw on a simple black belt to add contrast and you are ready to frolic in a meadow of wildflowers!

Wanna be our next featured reader?

Has this post convinced you to apply to be in our next CF Reader Spotlight? If so, please send an email to readerspotlight AT collegefashion DOT net and include the following:

  • Your name
  • Age/year in college
  • College
  • A picture of yourself in an outfit that you believe evokes your own personal and unique style
  • Your style in three words

Once we have received your entry, I will send you a short interview to complete as soon as possible. If you are chosen, you will be notified via email prior to the article’s publication. Good luck!

What do you think?

Are you impressed by Catarina’s style? Do you love the floral trend as much as I do? Are you excited about this new series? What do you think of the romper trend? Feedback? Ideas? Questions? Chat with us :]

Posted on on August 21, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “CF Reader Spotlight #2 – Catarina – Evora, Portugal”

  1. 1
    August 21st, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I love the oxfords in the inspired outfits! I have a question: If we already submitted our interviews, we don’t have to submit another, right?

  2. 2
    August 21st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    yeaaay ! a portuguese girl *__* we rule

  3. 3
    August 21st, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Love it! Such a cute romper too!

  4. 4
    August 21st, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    yey! portuguese girls are very well represented! i agree with mariana, we rock xD

  5. 5
    August 21st, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I love anything with florals. It really brings any outfit to life!

  6. 6
    August 21st, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    beautiful photography
    love the outfits too

  7. 7
    August 21st, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    love the looks, but the links are a little messed up.

  8. 8
    August 21st, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    very cute!

  9. 9
    August 21st, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Very nice! I’m not a fan of rompers, but look #1 is awesome! I wish I had time to go out and buy a floral skirt now. Catarina’s also really pretty too!

  10. 10
    August 21st, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I really admire Catarina’s style (: She pulls off the oxford-shoe look so well! Haha, meanwhile me… not so good with it D:


  11. 11
    August 22nd, 2010 at 6:10 am

    She has a really great style, I’m from portugal too and i started following this blog recently, it was a surprise to see this here. Congrats for your work, I love CF!

  12. 12
    August 22nd, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Wooo! Portugal! :] I’m surprised to see so many portuguese people here… i definitely wasn’t expecting that. And communication design? That’s exactly what I want to do! Where did you do it? Did you need to have really good grades? Please reply, you can change my life now. haha

  13. 13
    August 22nd, 2010 at 6:42 am

    just to prove that portuguese girls can rule fashion too, we should have a fashion meet ahah

  14. 14
    August 22nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    bland. and I wish she would have at least refrained from the photoshop so we could see the colors correctly.

  15. 15
    August 22nd, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Isabel- If you submitted your interview already, then you are all set :] Thanks for entering!

  16. 16
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Yay, a Portuguese girl! And it’s nice to see so many Portuguese girls in the comments – we rock :)
    Catarina’s style is lovely!

  17. 17
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Portuguese girls are rocking this thread, aren’t they? haha Love it!
    And love Catarina’s outfit too. xx

  18. 18
    December 4th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I’m late, but it’s cool to see a Portuguese here since I’m from a Portuguese family. We don’t hear about each other often:(

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