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Looks on Campus: Morgan – California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo


I loved talking with Morgan about her unique sense of style. Not only did she have a creative eye for fashion, but her positive and outgoing personality made for a fun interview! Morgan’s passion for thrifting, love of shoes, and affinity for mixing girly elements with masculine pieces is continuously present in her style.

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Campus street style at cal poly san luis obispo

Name: Morgan

College: California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

Year: Freshman

Major: Agricultural Business

Let’s Talk Fashion

How would you describe your sense of style? “It’s very different. I’m not worried about what other people think of my outfits. I just go with it and change it often. I will go from wearing a Hawaiian shirt to a classy black dress to soccer gear. It all depends on my day. But I always base my outfit on the shoes I am wearing that day.”

What sparked your interest in fashion? “I used to care a lot about what other people thought of me. However, during my junior year of high school, I was dating a guy who was crazy out-there and helped bring me out of my shell. To stop caring how other people view your fashion is very hard. I whipped out my overalls and was criticized like no other. People definitely noticed and thought ‘of course Morgan would wear that.’ Even teachers were noticing. That year was when I decided to change my wardrobe and I developed a confidence in what I wore. And now, I legitimately wear whatever. I never feel uncomfortable in my clothes.”

Where do you like to shop? “Thrift stores, Buffalo Exchange, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Nordstrom Rack. But mostly thrift stores!”

What are your favorite trends right now? “Trends are interesting. I started cutting off Hawaiian shirts because I saw a girl on a little blog wearing one. Girls don’t typically wear those, so I liked that. I wore heart glasses a lot because they look really flattering on girls. But, I stopped wearing them after so many people started following the trend because of music festivals. I also like Doc Martens and am hoping to invest in a pair of those. When I pick up a trend, I don’t like to follow it anymore if it becomes too popular. I just don’t like to be put into a box.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Confidence! You can pull off a trash bag if you have the confidence to match it. If you don’t like your outfit one day, just put in a pair of headphones, listen to good music, get your mood up, and just rock it! Walk like you love what you’re wearing and people will see your confidence.”

What are your spring fashion must haves? Floral shorts, nails painted always, and some rockin’ shades.”

What are you looking forward to most about summer? “I can’t wait to whip out a bathing suit, my pair of cutoff overalls, and just hit up the beach. I am looking forward to wearing more dresses and summer beach hair.”

What do you like to do for fun? “I am a barista at a coffee shop downtown. I am addicted to coffee! I also play on an intramural soccer team, watch a lot of movies, go on doughnut runs, scooter with friends, and listen to a lot of good music.”

Elements of Morgan’s Outfit

1. Thrifted Book Bag

Thrifted bag at cal poly san luis obispo

Morgan’s oversize bag is perfect for carrying books and a laptop around campus, while adding a vintage, collegiate element to her classic shorts-and-shirt combo. Leather accessories are an easy way to give any outfit an instantly edgy upgrade.

2. Mix and Match Jewelry

Unique jewelry at cal poly san luis obispo

Each of Morgan’s accessories has a different style. Her feminine earrings and pearl necklace are thrifted, her classic rings and bracelet are from her mom, and her oversized watch is from Macy’s. By layering them together, she creates a fun look that complements her carefree personality. Stacking multiple pieces gives her outfit dimension and makes it more interesting to the eye.

3. Printed Sandals

Printed sandals at cal poly san luis obispo

Morgan styles outfits around her shoe of the day and she picked up this pair from a boutique in San Diego. Patterned sandals are a fun, stylish alternative to your go-to flip flops. The tiny heel on the shoe is comfortable enough for walking to and from class, while the open toe area allows Morgan to show off her bright spring pedi!

What do you think?

What do you think of Morgan’s outfit? Do you shop thrift stores? Do you love Morgan’s patterned sandals as much as we do? Tell us your thoughts in a comment!

Posted on on June 8, 2013 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , ,

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18 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Morgan – California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo”

  1. 1
    June 8th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Love the style, but there’s nothing wrong with following a trend either! No need to stop wearing heart sunglasses just because they’re becoming popular.

  2. 2
    June 8th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    She seems like a breath of fresh air. Well done!

  3. 3
    June 8th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Cute outfit, but I kind of instantly despise her due to her duckface.

  4. 4
    June 8th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Finally, someone like me!! I’m exactly like Morgan in that I HATE wearing stuff after it becomes popular! I like wearing cute clothes and I dont care if they’re ‘in trend’ or not! :) Go Morgan!!! Adorable outfit. <3

  5. 5
    June 8th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    p.s. does she have a blog?? I would LOOOVE to see more of Morgan’s outfits!!! :D

  6. 6
    June 8th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I think to purposely stop wearing something because it has become a trend is just as silly as to purposely wear something because it is a trend. -____-

  7. 7
    June 8th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    LOVE..I think it’s more of a thug look she’s goin for

  8. 8
    June 8th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love her style which is similar to mine, but following a trend isn’t wrong if you honestly love the trend and it suits your fashion sense.

  9. 9
    June 8th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Definitely an example of caring too MUCH what people think of you! Instead of wanting to fit in, she really wants people to think she’s different and out-there. To not wear something you love because you’re worried people will think of you as part of “a box” or not unique is the same as wearing something so people will think you’re trendy! It’s still just part of wanting to impress people…

  10. 10
    June 9th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I like her outfit, it’s cute! And I agree with @Kay and @Jenny, why bother to stop wearing something just because it becomes popular?

    @Amanda- you contradicted yourself. You hate wearing something after it becomes popular, but wear cute clothes whether it’s in trend or not? There’s nothing wrong with wearing something that’s popular as long as you like it.

  11. 11
    June 9th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    She’s trying too hard to be different. And the chipped nail polish… I can’t.

  12. 12
    June 9th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    if these short are ok, then leggings can be worn as pant. i’m basically seeing under crotch area!

  13. 13
    June 9th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This girl goes to my school and she is the nicest girl I think I’ve ever met! So for all you haterz out there, think twice before hatin! Also, I can tell that really doesn’t care what people think. She is so confident. I don’t think she meant that she hates trends. She just likes to set the trends. She told me once she gets bored quickly with the same style. I don’t love her style but I can tell she loves it, so why does it matter?

  14. 14
    June 10th, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I love, love, love her sandals!

  15. 15
    June 10th, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I’m sorry, but those shorts are way too short.

  16. 16
    June 11th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Rebecca: the comments on here have nothing to do with whether she is a nice girl or not…don’t take it too personally.

    and the shorts would flatter her so much more if they were longer and didn’t look like they were pulled up so high. everything else is just adorable.

  17. 17
    June 21st, 2013 at 4:36 am

    “the shorts would flatter her so much more if they were longer and didn’t look like they were pulled up so high” sorry but as a guy, as they are the shorts are pretty hot :)

  18. 18
    July 27th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I agree, for her legs the shorts are too short. Cute outfit though.

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