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Looks on Campus: Emily – Ball State University


When I walked out of the dining hall, my eyes were instantly drawn to Emily - I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone look so stylish in just jeans and a t-shirt. By the time we were done talking, I couldn’t wait to go home and take a pair of scissors to an old shirt like she had done.

Emily 101

Fashion at Ball State University

Name: Emily

Year: Sophomore

School: Ball State

Major: Advertising

Let’s Talk Fashion

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I just got the pants and shoes, so I wanted to wear them. This shirt is really comfortable, which is always a good thing!”

Where do you like to shop? “Goodwill, Salvation Army, and St. Vincent DePaul are all really good. Basically any thrift store.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “I would say to watch for trends but to choose what you like most. And never discount thrift stores as options, because you never know what you might find there.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “I really like high waisted pants and flowy blouses. I also love menswear-inspired looks.”

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? “I really like Alfred Dunner pieces from the ’80s. Now he caters a little too much to old ladies, but I’ve found some great older pieces of his from earlier.”

What do you do for fun – do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I like hanging out with friends, and photography.  I also run a column in the Daily News (Ball State’s Student Newspaper) on fashion.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “I would raid Katy Perry’s closet.  I’m not really a huge fan of hers, but she does have some great clothes.”

Elements of Emily’s Outfit

1. Re-Styled Band Shirt


I was thrilled by Emily’s My Chemical Romance shirt; I remember loving this CD when it came out in 8th grade! Emily altered this shirt herself and said that she does the same to most of her t-shirts. This is such a great way to make an ordinary t-shirt a little more interesting.

2. Menswear-Inspired Shoes


When you’re spending the day trekking around campus there’s nothing better than comfortable shoes; I love that Emily’s menswear-inspired loafers look stylish and practical.

3. Structured Bag


Emily found a happy medium between style and function with this structured bag. It’s the perfect size for carrying papers around without having to deal with the bulk of a backpack.

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of Emily’s retro-fab look? Do you alter your old t-shirts? What kind of bag do you use to carry around your books at school? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on November 10, 2012 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , ,

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13 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Emily – Ball State University”

  1. 1
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I absolutely love her bag. I need one exactly like it.

  2. 2
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Props to her for being unique but those look too much like bad mom jeans to me.

  3. 3
    November 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I love the outfit but I don’t think the high waisted jeans flatter her figure.

  4. 4
    November 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I agree with Kaitlin, only like 5% of women can actually pull off high waisted jeans, and those tend to be waif-like girls; on the rest of us they make us look like soccer moms :(

  5. 5
    November 10th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I think the jeans emphasize her tummy too much…I am a fan of high waisted pants, but I think you really need to have the right figure to pull them off. I do really love her top and bag though!

  6. 6
    November 10th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I love her altered, off-the-shoulders shirt– it looks amazing!! I can probably do that to my SO’s old band shirts…yes….

    I think her jeans are fine, she just needs to untuck the shirt to draw more attention to the shirt.

  7. 7
    November 10th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    i feel like the jeans would look better if they were skinny, so they wouldn’t look so much like mom jeans.

  8. 8
    November 10th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I don’t find anything good in this outfit, sorry

  9. 9
    November 11th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Shirt and bag – great.
    Jeans and shoes – ohgod.jpg

  10. 10
    November 12th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Those jeans are not the most flattering, I have to admit. However, I really love that bag!

  11. 11
    November 12th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    shirt yes,
    um… no to the jeans….

  12. 12
    November 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Hmm… I like the bag.
    Agree with most of the commentors about the pants. The shoes are nice but I would not wear them with this type of pants. The shirt is nice too but I feel that the color doesn’t suit her well because it makes her look pale.
    Basically it’s a good outfit but part of the art of fashion is dressing with clothes that suit you and that’s where she made some mistakes imo.

  13. 13
    November 28th, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I really find the comments on her figure and what she should wear offensive and ignorant! The only problem here is her POSTURE not her figure! I’m sure if she stood a little straighter the problem would disappear! And I know skinnier girls with bigger tummies….

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