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Looks on Campus: Ekeobong – UCLA


Here at UCLA, we’re finally starting to feel a bit of “winter” weather (or, at least, Southern California’s version of it), and personally, I’m happy to see some jackets and scarves out and about. Though LA doesn’t experience falling snow or freezing cold temps, we still get some pretty cold winds in winter, so layers are essential.

As I was scanning the campus for stylish coeds, I met Ekeobong, a student hailing from Nigeria, looking comfy and warm in her seasonal getup. Read on to learn more about her and her pretty style.

Ekeobong 101

UCLA student style - college fashionista rocking jeans, a jacket, and a colorful scarf

Name: Ekeobong Utibe

School: UCLA

Major: Communications

Hometown: St. Thomas, VI

Hobbies/Interests: Acting, dancing, writing, and watching TV and movies.

Let’s Talk Fashion.

Who or what inspires your style? “I look at what others wear and how they pull it off and that gives me ideas for my next outfit. [However,] a lot of times I just go by how I am feeling.”

Where do you like to shop? “I usually visit boutiques, but those get expensive, so I’m trying to find more thrift stores to shop in. Since I go to school at UCLA, I usually shop in Westwood.”

How would you like to describe your personal style? “Laid back with a touch of sophistication. Simple, but eye-catching.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit you wore today? “It was cold so I knew I wanted to be covered. I’m going to an event later today so I wanted to [be warm but] still look nice.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Go outside of the box first, and then work your way into a comfortable medium. If you wear brown or black all the time, next time, buy something bright. And keep making those small adjustments and trying out new things. It will lead you to develop your own sense of style. [Also,] look at pictures of people you look up to or who have similar life goals to you and see how they dress. If you want to be the First Lady, dress like her.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “I love animal print!”

What do you do for fun? Do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I am a filmmaker and love watching TV shows. But I participate in anything that’s artsy and allows self expression.”

Elements of Ekeobong’s Outfit

1. Jacket and Scarf Combo


You can’t go wrong with a jacket and scarf during cold weather, and this season, it doesn’t get hotter than a leather (or faux leather) jacket. A neutral leather jacket like Ekeobong’s creates a perfect canvas for bright colors or fun patterns. Here, Ekeobong keeps it simple and fresh with a fringe scarf in muted, fall-appropriate shades.

2. Statement Earrings


Ekeobong’s bold earrings add a funky edge to her classic look. Chunky, statement-making earrings are a great way to add instant glamour to any outfit – just put them on and you’re set.

3. Comfy Leather Boots


As is the case in the rest of the country, winter means boots here in LA. Ekeobong’s leather boots are consistent with her classic, sophisticated look, and would work with just about any outfit.

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of Ekeobong’s look? Do you have a leather jacket that you’re wearing this fall? What is your must-wear item for winter? Have you added statement jewelry to your outfits? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on November 28, 2012 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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

  1. 1
    November 28th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Love love love this outfit!

  2. 2
    November 28th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I’m currently attending a college and would love to shoot looks on campus! Any opportunities??

  3. 3
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    A Nigerian,yay! I’m from Nigeria and I love this outfit.

  4. 4
    November 28th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Love the outfit!!

  5. 5
    November 28th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I have those boots! At least they look the same :) I got them at Journey’s! The outfit is great and I love love LOVE Ekeobong’s awesome natural hair!

  6. 6
    November 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    What a cute outfit!! ( But I’d classify that one as more of a “still slightly warm fall day”. If I wore that outside where I live, I would freeze.)

  7. 7
    November 28th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    You are rocking this, girl!! This is awesome

  8. 8
    November 28th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you guys!

    My hometown is actually St. Thomas, VI, though I am Nigerian. Just wanted to make that clarification :)

  9. 9
    November 28th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    LOVE the earrings!!!!!!!

  10. 10
    November 28th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Now, this is original!

  11. 11
    November 28th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Ekeobong’s hair looks great. I like her whole outfit and how she lets the scarf pop.

    Been looking for a pleather jacket but not sure how it should fit.

  12. 12
    November 29th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Finally! an outfit that’s not too “out there” but still looks put together and amazing ! I think that almost all of those have all those elements of her outfit in our wardrobes, and Ekeobong just gave us a way to fit them all together ;)

  13. 13
    November 29th, 2012 at 6:36 am

    What a great sense of style. Love the hair, love the scarf, love the earrings. Just a beautiful look!

  14. 14
    November 29th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    AHH! Love it! And love her hair!

  15. 15
    November 29th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I love Ekeobong’s natual, beautiful hair! And the outfit is so chic – I may copy this one for the weekend with my faux white leather jacket….thanks for the inspiration!

  16. 16
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I am crazy for those earrings, and I love her awesome natural hair! <3

  17. 17
    November 29th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Eke you look great!! Represent lovely!!

  18. 18
    November 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    simple but chic and cute! Love it! :)

  19. 19
    December 11th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Very original! I like the boots!

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