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Looks on Campus: Kelsey – UMCP


One day in early March, I rushed past Kelsey on my way to class and immediately regretted not stopping to speak to her about her style. So, it felt like fate when I ran into her a second time on campus. Although now it may be a tad warm to be sporting tights and a jacket in most parts, her outfit can inspire those of you in colder temps, and can be modified to fit warm weather.

Kelsey is a noteworthy fashionista due to her refreshing takes on personal style and fashion sense– read on to learn more!

Kelsey 101

College street style at University of Maryland College Park - boho chic trend

Name: Kelsey

College: University of Maryland, College Park

Year: Junior

Major: Art (Graphic Design)

Hobbies: Graphic design (working for college newspaper), photography, illustrating

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “I love the blog Flashes of Style — I follow it religiously.”

Where do you like to shop? “Love Urban Outfitters, but also Chicwish and ROMWE. I love Dolce Vita, too.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “Entirely impractical — I wear whatever I want. And I love florals, I could wear them all day long.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “It’s kind of a fall day (weather-wise), so I’m going for fall colors. I wanted to do something different. I hate jeans, I only own a black pair. Being 5′ 0” it’s hard to find a pair anyway.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Honestly, just wear whatever you want. College students should express their style — if you like it, wear it.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “In a heartbeat, Bonnie Barton from Flashes of Style. Or Kate Middleton — but she’s an amazon, so nothing would fit me anyway!”

Elements of Kelsey’s Outfit

1. High-Waisted Shorts

High waisted shorts college student trend

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of tucking in button-downs into high-waisted shorts, and Kelsey takes it a step further by wearing a chambray top and a bold pair of bottoms. The olive green jacket also complements both pieces nicely. When the weather is warmer, just subtract the jacket and tights for a trendy springtime look!

2. Oxfords

Doc martens oxfords

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen this particular color of Docs on campus before! Thanks to their distressed-quality and oxblood hue, these brogues are total winners.

3. DIY Headband

DIY flower headband on campus at UMCP

The result of a DIY project from Flashes of Style, Kelsey’s ‘flower crown’ is a total eye-catcher. Its color and ingenuity puts the cherry on top of an already stylish outfit.

What do you think?

How do you like Kelsey’s outfit? Have you ever made a DIY article of clothing? What’s your take on the idea of wearing whatever you want? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on on May 1, 2013 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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6 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Kelsey – UMCP”

  1. 1
    May 1st, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Cute! We have similar style, and it definitely looks like a fall outfit with a pop of spring because of her floral headband. I like the fact she was honest, saying she wears impractical stuff. I feel I do that too, as long as I like my outfit :).

  2. 2
    May 1st, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Oh gosh! I have a pair of similar shorts (except a different color) and I never knew how to adapt them for cooler weather – Kelsey just gave me the needed drop of inspiration! Lovely look, I have to say!

  3. 3
    May 1st, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I love the shirt and jacket!

  4. 4
    May 1st, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    To get the same color of their shoes all you need to do is use black shoe polish on oxblood or cherry boots.

  5. 5
    May 1st, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Love the flower crown. It looks so romantic! Also I know she said she is short but she did a great job making herself look taller. I easily thought she was at least 5’6. Cute post. I really want to wear a flower crown one day with a grecian dress or something

  6. 6
    May 3rd, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Love the outfit even though I could never pull it off! Kelsey, roll those shoulders back–you are awesome so stand proud!

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