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Looks on Campus: Adriana – UCLA


With my first months at UCLA behind me, I’m still in awe at the sheer number of fashionistas and trendsetters I see each day. This school is filled with unique individuals rocking every style imaginable. This week, I interviewed Adriana, an international student from Korea who mixes Vogue-inspired looks with Asian pop culture trends. Read on to learn more about her!

Adriana 101

UCLA student style - Adriana

Name: Adriana (Korean name: Myung-A)

College: UCLA

Year: Freshman

Major: Business-Economics

Hobbies/Interests: Listening to music and fashion

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “Well, I like some of the famous models in Korea. One of my favorite models is Soo Hyuk Lee. I also really like G-Dragon. He is the leader for a Korean boy group called Bigbang! I don’t exactly copy his looks, but I pick out certain pieces I like and use them within my own outfits. People walking on the street often inspire me; they usually have some interesting styles.”

Do you have a particular style? “I’m just really into fashion and I like trying on different styles. So, I pretty much wear anything. I like stuff that is unique. I like dressing kind of out-of-the-box.”

Where do you like to shop? “Back in Korea, I really liked to shop at this place called ALAND. But, over here I like Forever 21.”

What inspired your look today? “The weather was warm today and this was a fun and comfortable outfit to wear. I didn’t put much thought into it; I just wear what I like.”

What fashion advice would you give to other college students? “I think if you want to dress well, you should study magazines. When I first started [getting into fashion], I read a lot of magazines, such as Vogue. For those people just beginning to experiment with their look, I think it would be easier to just copy or get inspiration from magazines and then you can gradually develop your style by changing little bits and pieces of your look.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “I really like the studded look on jackets and shorts right now. So far, that’s the only fall trend I really like.”

Do you have any favorite fashion designers and why? “I like Jeremy Scott because he’s different.”

What do you do for fun and do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I like listening to music a lot, but fashion is my main interest; I love playing around with various styles.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, whose would it be and why? “I would raid G-Dragon’s closet. He has a lot of cool stuff and interesting outfits.”

Elements of Adriana’s Outfit

1. Printed Top


Adriana’s bold, black and white printed top makes a serious statement. The print’s monochromatic color scheme and thick lines and shapes add interest to her cool and breezy outfit.

2. Mint-Green Midi with an Asymmetrical Hemline


Adriana’s skirt creates a calming effect when worn next to her busy patterned top. The mint-colored, chiffon skirt is perfect for hot weather, like what we’re experiencing at UCLA right now!

3. Pin-Adorned Tote Bag


Adriana’s tote bag symbolizes her wide range of interests. From Lilo to Elmo, and from eyeballs to peace signs, the cute pins and patches seem to cover all aspects of Adriana’s eccentric yet cute sense of style. She isn’t afraid to show off her inner child, which we love!

4. A Handful of Accessories


I’m such a fan of unique color combos so I was naturally obsessed with Adriana’s jewelry. Her collection of multi-colored wrist-candy and rings adds a quirky vibe to her otherwise relaxed look.

What do you think?

What do you think of Adriana’s outfit? Do you like wearing colorful accessories? Are you inspired by artists from abroad? Do you like to decorate your tote bag with pins and patches? Let us know with a comment!

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19 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Adriana – UCLA”

  1. 1
    October 31st, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    This is a nice summer look but that bag is too young for this college girl! I appreciate her interests and wish it were warm enough in Wisconsin for flip flops.

  2. 2
    October 31st, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    flip flops… NO!

  3. 3
    October 31st, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I can’t say it’s not an interesting outfit,but I don’t like it.Firstly,I would never wear flip flops anywhere else but the beach,but apart from I wouldn’t pair them with such a nice skirt.I also don’t like the bag or the acccessories(with that particular outfit).

  4. 4
    October 31st, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    The otherwise cute outfit is ruined by her shower slippers!

  5. 5
    October 31st, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I would have to agree with Laura and Valentina..if she would’ve word black flats or cut black wedges with the outfit …it would’ve balanced the outfit more..just too many colors. The hi-low skirt should not be worn with flip flops…nor the out of place accessories…I understand it’s her style but it looks like she didn’t put much thought into it…not very well coordinated.. :/

  6. 6
    October 31st, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I respect everyone’s opinion on Adrianna’s outfit, but I do feel the need to defend her too!

    In Southern California, it’s very common for people to wear flip flops with skirts or I guess pretty much anything. This is something I see often on the streets, in the malls, at the beach, etc. The article also mentions that Adrianna is inspired by her Asian background. Her sandals are a clear example of that. You may not be able to see in the picture, but her sandals are made out of bamboo. If you do pay attention to certain areas of Asian pop culture, you may also notice that they seem to like “cartoonish” accessories (hello kitty, anime, elmo etc.). So, I do think that her sense of style is “put together.” Maybe it’s just a style that most of Western culture is not used to.

    Granted this may be a generalization of Asian pop culture… but as an Asian-American, this outfit does not seem too un-put-together. It’s a type of style I sometimes like to emulate.

  7. 7
    October 31st, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t really like it at all. The flip flops and accessories ruin it for me.

  8. 8
    October 31st, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I like the quirkiness of the look. It would look way better minus the flip flops but I don’t think that they ruin the outfit. I actually like the bag. It doesn’t go perfectly with the outfit but its probably just a bag she carries all the time for school. The top and the skirt combo is really pretty but I don’t agree that you have to closely follow fashion magazines to dress well. I mean there’s pintrest now and fashion blogs and you can follow celebrity fashion icons and there are plenty of different places that fashion inspiration can come from (like music- hello grunge and Nirvana/Hole??)

  9. 9
    October 31st, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    It’s UCLA. At least 50% (probably more) of everyone there wears flip-flops, including at the law school. I agree that it looks objectively terrible, but I’m not exactly surprised, and it honestly makes the outfit “fit in” more with the culture.

    On a more positive note, I do love that skirt on her.

  10. 10
    October 31st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    The shirt and skirt are sooo cute.

    For a split second I judged the flip-flops (as if I wear anything better in the summer), but it quickly switched to envy over it being warm enough for her to wear them.

  11. 11
    October 31st, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    It’s a very fun and eclectic look! I agree about the flip-flops, but it’s still a funky outfit :) Glad to see someone be so bright and colourful!

  12. 12
    November 1st, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Already been said, but again, gorgeous outfit completly ruined by the flip flops, the bag, and the silly bands. Love the combo of the top and skirt though. Beautiful colors!

  13. 13
    November 1st, 2012 at 5:08 am

    You should do a Looks On Campus with Jennifer Im of Clothesencounters! I hear she goes to UCLA as well

  14. 14
    November 1st, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t think that fashion-wise flip flops are that much of a faux-pas – especially if the colour kind of matches the outfit. I just don’t like to wear them because they don’t exactly protect your feet that well (aka the last time I wore flip flops, a small wooden stick went through the “sole” of the flip flop and stabbed my foot). I mean seriously, what is the point of a shoe if it doesn’t protect your foot… unless you’re going out or something, and even still… it should be mildly durable against stuff on the ground

  15. 15
    November 1st, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I loooove my flip flops :) but I agree, this outfit would be so much better without them! They look like shower shoes!

  16. 16
    November 8th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I agree with Christina, she definitely sticks to the Kpop fashion culture (just refer to the style in G-Dragon’s Crayon and Hyuna’s Ice Cream music video) despite living in a different country which I find admirable. From her random accessories on her tote and bright-colored bangles, it was obvious as well that she drew inspirations from the quirky style of Jeremy Scott and BIGBANG’s G-Dragon. I would say in perspective of Kpop style + UCLA weather that she is a girl who definitely knows what she’s doing.

  17. 17
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I think her style is adorable! I love the mix of colors and the black and white top, in particular. Her combination of pieces wouldn’t look out of place in any Asian country.

  18. 18
    November 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Beautiful skirt! and I love seeing a KPop fan featured! You can definitely see the influence it has on her style

  19. 19
    December 9th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Oooh a Kpop fan! I’m not much of a BIGBANG fan, but I do respect G-Dragon’s sense of style too.

    I adore that mint skirt! I’ve been wanting one for myself for a while now.

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