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Looks on Campus: Katie – Point Park University


On my way to Chinese after class, I spotted Katie out the corner of my eye – it was hard to miss her bold red pants, long black hair, and skull-patched top. After running across the street and scaring her half to death, I had a chance to talk to Katie about her awesome outfit and creative college street style.

Katie 101

Point Park University street style - red jeans

Name: Katie

College: Point Park University

Year: Junior

Major: Cinema and Digital Arts

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “No specific person inspires my style, but I can honestly say that Point Park students and living in downtown Pittsburgh have inspired me to dress the way that I do. I always feel the need to measure up to the stylish art students that walk around.”

Where do you like to shop? “I love shopping at Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and Urban Outfitters. But I mostly do online shopping and get a lot of my clothes from Love Culture, Necessary Clothing, and eBay. I’m a big eBay shopper – gotta make the old turn into the new.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I would say that my style is very statement-based. I love wearing heels and boots on days when people shouldn’t be, [as well as] wearing big patterns and bright colors. I used to only wear black, but I branched out within the last year or two and have turned my style 180 degrees.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I chose this outfit because it is fashion-forward, but at the same time, it’s still comfortable. The pants are the pop of color that everyone should have in their daily wardrobe, and the skull-patched shirt gives it an edge that defines my personality through my outfit.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “My advice is to wear color. Wearing black all my life never got me many compliments and [according to some] made me seem unapproachable. I think wearing color sends the message that you’re fun and easy to talk to, and who doesn’t want to be looked at in that way?”

What are your favorite trends right now? “My favorite trends right now are crop tops (but not too revealing), skinny jeans and bold prints. I think these trends will always be around and fresh for the young crowd.”

Do you have any favorite designers? If so, who? “I don’t have any favorite designers. I was never into designer clothing. I try to choose clothing stores that are stylish and hip, but for an affordable price.”

What do you do for fun? Do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I make Youtube video shorts for fun. It started me on my way to becoming a cinema major. I also online shop a lot. Almost every day I’ll be on one of my favorite websites, searching for another item to add to my wardrobe.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “I honestly don’t really follow celebrity fashion. I try to make my own style from what I personally like and feel would suit me well. However, as much as I dislike them as people, I actually think the Kardashians have good style and wouldn’t mind raiding their shoe closets.”

Elements of Katie’s Outfit

1. Lace-Up Wedges

Point Park University trends - Lace-Up Wedges

Katie’s shoes are adorable and totally perfect for late winter on campus – they’re cute, give her a bit of height, and – Katie assured me – are really comfortable for walking! In addition, they look great with her bright red pants.

2. Skull Elbow Patches

College trend - skull elbow patches

These elbow patches! They were, without a doubt, my favorite part of Katie’s outfit. As seen above, cool skull patches give a simple, soft-colored top a much-needed hit of edgy contrast. Unexpected details like these help move Katie’s outfit beyond basic.

3. Touch of Silver

College trends at Point Park University - silver ring

A classic silver Claddagh ring adds a soft touch to Katie’s look and is a perfect everyday accessory.

4. Floral Backpack

College trend - floral print backpack

Katie’s floral backpack is super cute and perfect for toting school books in style! In addition, I love that its straps match her shoes.

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of Katie’s look? Do you love her wedges as much as we do? What kind of bag do you use to carry your books to class? Let us know with a comment!

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19 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Katie – Point Park University”

  1. 1
    February 13th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    where’s the sweater from?

  2. 2
    February 13th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Love it all!
    ….except for the skull elbow pads. Elbow pads = awesome, skulls = not so much.

  3. 3
    February 13th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I love that she doesn’t pay attention to celebrities or designers much. She seems really down to earth and her outfit speaks to that. I love the outfit, it’s very minimalist, the perfect outfit imo. not over the top or too trendy at all. Just the perfect amount of detail. The skulls are super cute to me and not done in a tacky or trying to be edgy way.

  4. 4
    February 13th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Love her style. I want her boots!!!

  5. 5
    February 13th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I have the same wedges. They are comfortable indeed. Can’t wear them now unfortunately because of the snow.

  6. 6
    February 13th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    She’s gorgeous! Love her outfit!

  7. 7
    February 13th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Oh I love that backpack! Its floral with a zip for a main fastener, im really struggling to find one in the UK (I’m fussy)! This post has also given me a bit of confidence to try a similar colour top, I have similar colourings to Katie, but have always been weary of light colours – thank you :)

  8. 8
    February 13th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    She’s wearing the Claddagh ring on the wrong finger… Right direction if she’s single, but wrong finger. I know because I looked it up before I got mine.

  9. 9
    February 13th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Oh wow, where are those wedges from?

  10. 10
    February 13th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I love the fact that she shops on ebay…..I do the same to get cheap second hand clothes in good condition
    also like the fact that she doesn’t pay attention to designers or celebrities
    Her style is very minimalist chic…i like

  11. 11
    February 13th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    The Skull Elbow patches are the best!

  12. 12
    February 13th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    The wedges are from TJMaxx. I think they are 35 dollars.

  13. 13
    February 14th, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Hey guys! Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my outfit! I got my skull patched shirt from a website called “Necessary Clothing. My shoes are from Amazon, they are City Classified brand, and they are a much cheaper version of the Toms brand wedges that look exactly like these (even though Toms goes to a good cause, I always tend to ruin my shoes). My backpack is from Ebay from a store in China. I LOVE floral patterns! And my Claddagh ring was upside down because I was single when this picture was taken, but im currently wearing it rightside up! Yay!
    Thanks again, everyone!

  14. 14
    February 14th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    What kind of camera did you use?

  15. 15
    February 14th, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Love this outfit!!! <3

  16. 16
    February 14th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I use a Nikon d3000. I’m not sure why the quality of the photos are a bit off. But thanks for asking!

  17. 17
    February 14th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    oh my gosh i love her claddah! it is the perfect simple jewlery piece. where mine everyday

  18. 18
    February 15th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Her outfit is so amazing that I wanna follow her instagram!

  19. 19
    February 15th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    That sweater is amazing!!!!!

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