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Looks on Campus: Kyleah – Loyola University New Orleans


Androgynous style seems to be the uniform for many around Loyola’s campus. It must be the colorful, fashionable history of New Orleans that influences this dapper style.

Kyleah is a fellow history major who’s also in my Medieval Women class. One day, Kyleah waltzed into class in a very smart outfit that stood out from the sea of t-shirt-and-jean pairings. She combined casual shorts with a dressy vest and tie to create a sporty yet stylish outfit, which you can check out below:

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Student fashion trends at loyola university new orleans

Name: Kyleah

School: Loyola University New Orleans

Year: Senior

Major: History and Religious Studies

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “I really like the dapper queer aesthetic. Sites like Queer Fashion and Dapper Q give a lot of inspiration.”

Where do you like to shop? “Thrift stores and consignment shops. I usually go to Gap, Banana Republic or H&M.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I usually dress more simple [and] practical. Like I mentioned earlier, I really like the dapper aesthetic.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “It’s really beautiful and sunny outside, but I wanted to dress up a little bit, so this was a really good compromise.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Go with what you like. If you want basic advice, trade out school tops for [a] navy blue t-shirt. Trade your ratty jeans for chinos. Oh, and button-ups – you can be casual and dressy in a button-up!”

What do you do for fun do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I play soccer, a lot of instruments, and I do a lot of activism in the city.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be? Ellen DeGeneres and Pharrell Williams.”

Elements of Kyleah’s Outfit

1. Button-Down, Vest, and Tie

Menswear inspired fashion at loyola university new orleans

Kyleah’s button-down is a crisp and classic piece every student should own, and her vest adds to the menswear style that she loves. Kyleah’s vest dresses up her outfit, but is still casual enough to wear to class. Personally, I wear a black waistcoat with skinny pants and loafers to create a chic and comfortable outfit. You can also pair a luxe fitted vest with a skirt for a mix of masculine and feminine. I love that Kyleah finished her look with a tie – it’s a great layered look that really works on her.

2. Two-Tone Oxfords

College shoe trend oxfords

Oxfords have a classic yet dapper vibe, and they’re very on-trend this season. These shoes are comfortable and can be dressed up or down, which makes them an excellent addition to any wardrobe. Pair oxfords with a dress for a playful look or with a button-down and tailored shorts for a menswear-inspired ensemble. Kyleah’s two-toned pair is so adorable, plus the neutral color means they can be mixed-and-matched with a variety of outfits.

3. Brown Belt

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You can never go wrong with a brown leather belt. While the concept sounds basic, Kyleah’s belt is far from boring! The gold buckle and bold stitching really make it stand out, plus it’s ultra-versatile. Try wearing a brown belt wrapped around the waist of your favorite dress, cinch it around a sweater, or grab it to add a little something extra to your skinny jeans.

Do you love Kyleah’s look?

Do you wear vests and ties? What about your multi-colored oxfords? What are you favorite menswear pieces? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Posted on on April 16, 2014 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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6 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Kyleah – Loyola University New Orleans”

  1. 1
    April 16th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hey girl! We have the same shoes! Fellow CF Readers: They’re from Modcloth. Super comfy + cute and definitely worth the money. I think they’re only like 40$ too.

  2. 2
    April 16th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    They’re “from” Modcloth, but the brand is Restricted and I think the shoe itself is called the Betsy. You can always find stuff cheaper outside of Modcloth.

  3. 3
    April 17th, 2014 at 1:01 am

    What a show of individuality. This reminds me of why I love fashion. Never heard of the dapper style, but this outfit is awesome. I love the vest and the layers.

  4. 4
    April 17th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Love it, she looks so chic!

  5. 5
    April 18th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Wow lol i thought of the hobbit… so cute!

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    April 18th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I don’t usually care for the campus sampler, but this outfit is really put together! Love showing the boys how fabulous you can look in their style!

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