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Looks on Campus: Hannah – Chicago, IL


Bonjour! While on a family trip in Avignon, I spotted a girl walking confidently in her zebra-print maxi dress. When I finally had the guts to approach her in French, I realized she’s actually an American girl! I don’t know if it’s France that refined her style or the fact that all fashionistas naturally gather together in the fashion capitol, but I knew I couldn’t wait to learn more about Hannah and her style.

Hannah 101

College fashionista from Chicago, IL rocking a maxi dress

Name: Hannah

Year: Senior

Major: Biology and French

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Hobbies/Interests: “Running, volleyball, vegan cooking/baking, reading magazines, volunteering, anything French, going to museums, and watching movies.”

Let’s Talk Fashion

How would you describe your style? “Mix of retro sexy and bohemian with a slice of sex appeal. I like to show skin, because I think the human form is beautiful, and I’m always warm! I love chunky gold jewelry and weird prints from leopard to paisley.”

Who or what inspires your sense of style? “Too many people to count. Classics like Brigitte Bardot and Jackie O. to Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. Super models like Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen, Erin Wasson, Daria Werbowy, so effortlessly beautiful. I also read magazines like Vogue, W, and Elle.”

Where do you like to shop? “Vintage/Salvation Army, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Forever 21.”

Any fashion tips? “Be yourself, be comfortable, be confident, and don’t be afraid to take risks.”

What motivates you to dress up? “It’s fun! Fashion is artistic; it’s expressive but incredibly vain and I love it.”

What trends are you loving this season? “I’m loving the long silhouette, in particular maxi dresses in animal prints from Cavalli to the knee-length pencil skirts of Versace.”

Elements of Hannah’s Outfit

If I had to choose one thing I love the most about Hannah’s outfit, it would have to be its simplicity. Although this outfit almost seems difficult to replicate at first sight, it is actually easy to mimic such a sexy and chic look even on a lazy day. Below are the standout elements of Hannah’s ensemble.

1. Animal Print Maxi Dress

The maxi dress has been enjoying its popularity before summer started, and I’m sure many of you have been experimenting with this trend or rocking it already. Hannah proves again how simple it is to pull off the trendy maxi dress even if you’ve only got a few minutes to get ready in the morning – just add choice accessories and go.

Also, I love that Hannah’s dress is zebra print – it adds a little something extra and makes the look really stand out. And if zebra print is too snazzy for you, try the print in an inconspicuous accessory first!

2. Chunky/Bohemian Accessories


One of the biggest advantages of a simple outfit is the amount of creativity we can use in accessories. To keep her outfit simple, all of Hannah’s accessories are gold and bohemian, which cleverly complement her zebra maxi dress. I’m absolutely obsessed with her statement-making headband and leaf-shaped bracelet – they’re so unique and fabulous!

What do you think?

So what do you think of Hannah’s zebra maxi dress? Do you love her bohemian accessories as much as we do? What would you wear in France? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on August 27, 2011 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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21 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Hannah – Chicago, IL”

  1. 1
    August 27th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Her headband and jewelry are truly amazing, but her shoes really make this for me. The dress is actually my least favorite part of the look, funny enough. Great choice!

  2. 2
    August 27th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    i like her jewellery and shoes but i’m not a fan of that dress at all. i think its because i ‘m not into zebra print or those types of maxi dresses also.

  3. 3
    August 27th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    really, she wears that to class?

  4. 4
    August 27th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I love the bohemian style of her jewelry-this is a great example of how to mix metals by keeping the feel of the pieces consistent. The headband is adorable, as well. I’m just not quite feeling the dress. I think the dress is too bold for a full length dress..

  5. 5
    August 27th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love this girl! She has some guts wearing a full-length zebra piece. I’m normally not one for animal print but she looks great.

  6. 6
    August 27th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    While I wouldn’t wear this, she is definitely owning it!

  7. 7
    August 27th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    WOW! Everyone’s hating on her dress – I think it’s FANTASTIC! It’s so bold and while it may not be what more conservative dressers would wear, the fact that she rocks it and rocks it HARD, effortlessly, makes it so amazing and sexy. You go girl!

  8. 8
    August 27th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Gotta love the dress weather you love zebra or not! The strappy shoes might compete a little with the dress, but it could just be the camera angle. You’d have to see her walk to know for sure!

  9. 9
    August 27th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    @Courtney: well people where I go to school wear pajamas to class, so. I don’t see what’s so wrong with it. I assume you think it’s too much but really, who cares if it’s “too much,” it’s awesome.

    I think this is one of my favorite looks on campus posts. Honestly shocked by the responses to this. You’re all too reserved, let your hair down a little!

  10. 10
    August 28th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Honestly, I wouldn’t wear this outfit. But I give Hannah props for being bold and trying something new. Fashion is all about creativity…

  11. 11
    August 28th, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I’m not actually a fan of maxi dresses, but I really love this outfit! Must be the zebra print. I love anything black and white! And those shoes? They’re to die for! I don’t like the boho vibe though. The gold and silver accents are nice, yes, but she should drop the headband. :/

  12. 12
    August 28th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I probably would never wear this outfit myself, but I really like it a lot on her and I think she pulls it off really well and stylishly. I personally tend to think that confidence does the trick when it comes to fashion. It doesn’t matter what you wear, but how you wear it. I’ve seen gothic girls wearing nice dresses / corsets / skirts but looking bored and sad, which didn’t do them justice, but I’ve also seen gothic girls dressed the same way and looking confident, which boosted the whole outfit. Same goes for Hannah: if she hadn’t been looking so confidently, it hadn’t looked good on her, but it does look good on her because she feels confident with these clothes :)

  13. 13
    August 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    She looks great, but… dude, NOT these shoes for class. For going out? Rock it. But not to class.

  14. 14
    August 28th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    where could i get a headband like that?!?! :) lol so cute!

  15. 15
    August 28th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I want that headband so bad…

    Anyways I couldn’t get away with something like this, but she totally rocks it. It’s awesome.

  16. 16
    August 28th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Sometimes less is more. Sometimes more is more. :]

  17. 17
    August 28th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Not something I would wear, but she rocks the look and wears it with confidence. And her jewelry is to die for! Love the leaf bracelet.

  18. 18
    August 28th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    No where in the article does it say she is going to class. The writer was on a family trip in France and happened to see this girl. For all we know she could have been on her way to a party or something. I agree though that if she were going to class, the shoes are a little much.

    That being said, this girl definitely rocks this look and her confidence is amazing. Although I must say I am not a fan of the headband.

  19. 19
    August 29th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I have to say I love this look and this girl’s confidence rocking it! Its her confidence that pulls this look together.

  20. 20
    August 29th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I think for class or for a party this is amazing. I find more people need to be comfortable with bold outfits. Class isn’t anything special, so why not make it special with a fun,sexy bold look. As long as you’re not in a club out for a funeral or for work, go for it!

  21. 21
    September 29th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I love all her jewelries!
    It does look like it’s hard to pull off, but like what Sharon said, it’s easy to mimic so why not give it a try?

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