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Looks on Campus: Domonique – University of Maryland, College Park


Readers hailing from the upper Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the country can recall the bitterly cold weather conditions from the past month. At UMCP, the temperature had dipped to a cruel and unusual 20°F when I found Domonique.

It’s already easy to get stuck in a sartorial rut with the upredictable weather conditions. However, there’s something to be said about an outfit that succeeds in looking effortlessly put-together in below-freezing temperatures. Domonique’s ensemble is made up of simple pieces, yet nods to several trends while still representing her personal style.

Domonique 101

College student fashion at the University of Maryland College Park

Name: Domonique

College: University of Maryland, College Park

Year: Junior

Major: Community Health, Pre Med

Hobbies: “I run track, and I play the double bass.”

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “My brother. He’s 25, he lives in NYC, and I swear he has the best style in the world.”

Where do you like to shop? “I hate malls, that’s one thing. But I love thrift stores, even if it’s just Value Village or a consignment store.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I know there’s a masculine point; I love structured pieces, and love a nice collar. But I try to feminize it – if I’m wearing a menswear blazer, I make sure my bottoms are tight.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I really got dressed in 15 minutes because I thought there was no school! I like wearing black, I don’t like bright colors too much; greys, dark greens, stuff like that. I love infinity scarves, just throwing one on.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Make yourself stand out. We’re at a school with 40,000 students [so it’s too easy to blend in].”

What are your favorite trends right now?Color blocking, I love the color blocking trend. I also like those different color lipsticks; I went to Miami and rocked purple [lips] all weekend.”

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? “Most of my classic pieces are all Michael Kors, but I also love Diane Von Fürstenberg. Her dresses are beautiful. Also Marc Jacobs, he’s amazing.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, whose would it be and why? “Carrie Bradshaw! I watch SATC reruns just for clothes.”

Elements of Domonique’s Outfit

1. Layers, Layers, Layers

College street style trend: layering

Domonique’s layers are what really drew me to her outfit. They’re simple, yet they work: the colors go, the knits upon knits create a ‘cozy-yet-chic’ vibe, and the leopard lining of her coat peeks out, which adds a nice and luxe touch. Underneath it all is a simple worn graphic tee (still trending on campus!) that bears sentimental value, given to her by her sartorially-gifted brother.

 2. Black Boots

College trend at the University of Maryland College Park - black riding boots

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic black pair of Frye-esque motorcycle boots. Domonique bought these boots at Aldo five years ago, and actually purchased them from her brother (at a discount, of course), who happened to be working there at the time.

3. Chic Shoulder Bag

College fashion essential: Shoulder bag

This was the deal-clincher for me; a black leather bag is a good old standby, and this Badgley Mischka shoulder bag really amps up Domonique’s outfit, making it look sophisticated and put-together. This bag is a super stylish alternative to the old standby Longchamp tote we see everywhere on campus. If you, like most girls, don’t have the budget for a designer bag, seek out a black leather bag with unique details to stand out from the crowd while looking chic.

What do you think?

How do you like Domonique’s outfit? What are your go-to pieces when you’re rushed for time? Do you share clothing with your family members/wear hand-me-downs? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on on March 13, 2013 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , ,

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12 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Domonique – University of Maryland, College Park”

  1. 1
    March 13th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Love that bag. My go-to bag for school these days is a lavender colored tote from BCBG MaxAzria (that i found at Goodwill for 5 bucks) and now I am on the hunt for a black leather bag. That one looks perfect.

  2. 2
    March 13th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I’m not sure if anyone else feels this way, but there seems to be less and less surprise with the Looks on Campus posts. Not that the students don’t look great, like the lovely lady above, but it’s just that these seem to be looks I see around a lot. I guess I would like to see more focus on someone pulling off a really unconventional piece or taking bold color risks and whatnot.

  3. 3
    March 13th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I agree with Anne. This outfit specifically, it’s super cute, but it’s nothing that I would stop and marvel at.

  4. 4
    March 13th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I agree with Anne and Esther. Cute, but no “WOW” for me. Also, It’s hard to see all the layers in the picture, so it would’ve been nice if the author could’ve asked her to take off the jacket so you can better see it.

  5. 5
    March 13th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Oh no, I think this is one of my favourite outfits here. I think it’s good for girls who maybe don’t follow trends – or don’t suit or like current fashions. For instance, I love simple, classic pieces – even just well fitting jeans and a t shirt – and I just can’t pull off bright neons or crop tops.

  6. 6
    March 13th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I absolutely love whats shes wearing
    the colours look great, layers look awesome
    Its a nice way to stay warm and look stylish
    I always have trouble in the winter because I get really cold but I don’t want to look bulky

    thumbs up from me!

  7. 7
    March 13th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Cute outfit! Love the scarf and that bag is very chic.

    @Jessica, please elaborate what you meant by ENGRISH

  8. 8
    March 14th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Her outfit is cute, but isn’t something that would make me stop in my tracks and admire. Although, her graphic tee and that orange cardigan look great contrasted with that leopard print lining. If her scarf weren’t so long I think that little change could make her outfit standout more. :)

  9. 9
    March 14th, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I love her look. It’s not super flashy or anything, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s classic, adorable, and miles ahead of the Northface/Uggs monstrosity that you usually find in cold weather.

  10. 10
    March 14th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    CollegeFashion, I’m really disappointed that no one has addressed the fifth comment on this post. I’m really offended and disappointed by Jessica using the word ‘engrish’ as a means to offend and insult Asian Americans.

    This is against your comment policy. Please take appropriate measures.

  11. 11
    March 14th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    CG – Thanks for pointing that out! I missed that comment (we get so many) but I’ll delete it now! We’re definitely not down with mean/offensive stuff, even if it was (I’m hoping) meant to be innocuous.

  12. 12
    March 16th, 2013 at 1:33 am

    first off, I’d like to apologize, because I didn’t mean to offend anyone by using “engrish”- my group of friends use it all the time, so it didn’t even cross my mind about offending/insulting anyone.

    Also, cg, in regards to the “as a means to offend and insult Asian Americans”- i’m part korean myself so please don’t assume i’m not asian just because my name isn’t min kyung or han sol or something. it wasn’t malicious at all like you’re making it sound.

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