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Looks on Campus: Laurel – Oregon State University


I first met Laurel at a meeting for a study tour we were both attending, and I immediately thought she looked glamorous. Her amazing maxi skirt is what first caught my eye – it’s a look I’ve been wanting to try but haven’t worn on campus yet. Once I noticed the rest of her chic ensemble, I knew I had to talk fashion with her.

Laurel 101

Oregon State University fashion trends: maxi skirt, striped shirt, scarf

Name: Laurel

College: Oregon State University

Major: Merchandising Management with a minor in Business & Entrepreneurship

Year: Junior

What do you like to do for fun? “I work for fun! I work with the student program council (MUPC) on campus and get to help with the Mom’s weekend fashion show. I get to collaborate with models, photographers, and designers. I enjoy tapping into other people’s creativity and working with them. I also use Pinterest and put a lot of time into that. And I have a goal of 80 books to read by the end of the year; keeps me on track.”

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style?  “Kate Lanphear, the style director of Elle USA. I also look at a lot of street blogs.”

Where do you like to shop? “I do so much online shopping. I love sites like for t-shirts, and for vintage and unique accessories. I also love to go thrifting, especially for vintage blazers.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “Very streamlined, tailored to a T. Polished, everyday glamour. I really try to put some effort into my appearance. Every day is a new opportunity to show the world a different side of your personality.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I was really excited to wear my new skirt, so I planned the outfit around it. I’d been looking for a sheer maxi skirt for a long time and finally found it at Bebe.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Just try to be inspired; you may not be able to make amazing outfit ideas in your head, but there are so many places for inspiration – blogs, amazingly dressed women. Side note: put away your North Face and UGGS, and step out of your comfort zone!”

What are you favorite trends right now? “Maxi skirts, an obvious one. Also, over-accessorizing the hands, especially to highlight the femininity of them. Then, for every move you make, the accessories will shine and jingle.”

Who are your favorite designers? “Alexander Wang. I also love Trisha Summerville’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo collection for Target, it was really well done. Also, accessories by Kate Spade, and this company called Scotch + Soda.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “Oooh! Victoria Beckham. Or Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Their joined closets must be insane.”

Elements of Laurel’s Outfit

1. Scarf and Striped Shirt

College street style trend: Patterned scarf

Print mixing is a huge trend right now, and Laurel executed the look perfectly by mixing florals and stripes. The striped shirt is the Lennox tee by and she found the floral scarf in a boutique in Amsterdam.

2. Belted Maxi Skirt

College street style trend: Belted maxi skirt

Laurel found this beautiful sheer maxi skirt with a solid mini skirt underneath it at Bebe. She paired it with a perfectly slouchy Urban Outfitters belt to emphasize her waist and add interest.

3. Pointed-Toe Flats

College street style trend: Pointy toe flats

These comfy black pointy toe flats from Kenneth Cole are perfect for a day spent walking around campus. They work perfectly with the laid back vibe of Laurel’s maxi skirt while still being dressed up and classy.

What do you think?

What do you think about Laurel’s style? Would you wear a sheer maxi skirt? What would you pair with it? What do you think about mixing prints? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on February 29, 2012 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Laurel – Oregon State University”

  1. 1
    February 29th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Obsessed with sheer maxi skirts as well! I’ve been thinking of constructing one myself…I like the way she wore her belt and her HAIR! So funky ;) It it like an asymmetrical bob?

  2. 2
    February 29th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’m not a fan of sheer maxi skirts (or maxi skirts in general, really), but I love the top half of the outfit. that scarf is beautiful.

  3. 3
    February 29th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I might be mistaken, but I do believe Trisha Summerville’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo line was for H&M, not Target. (:

  4. 4
    February 29th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! I love it!!

  5. 5
    February 29th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I thought I did not like sheer maxi skirts, but hers is gorgeous. It is elegant, not strange. And I also love her hair!

  6. 6
    February 29th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I love absolutely everything about this look! She is ROCKIN!

  7. 7
    February 29th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    This chick looks AWESOME.

  8. 8
    February 29th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Definitely one of my fave Looks on Campus. She pulls that skirt off.

  9. 9
    February 29th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Really loving Laurel’s outfit! I just got a floral scarf the other day… never thought about pairing it with a striped top! :) It looks gorgeous, I’ll have to try it out! I love the maxi skirts trend as well, except considering I’m only five feet, I’ll have to opt out of it!

  10. 10
    February 29th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Good spotting Kayla!

  11. 11
    February 29th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Amazing outfit!! This girl is gorgeous too! A+++++++!

  12. 12
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Love it! I love how she mixed prints and really went for the sheer maxi skirt trend! Great post :)

  13. 13
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Unfortunately, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo line was for H&M, not Target. Because if it had been Target, I would have been all over that.

  14. 14
    March 1st, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Love the outfit, except I am totally not a fan of the sheer maxi skirts with the mini skirt underneath, it just confuses me LOL. Make the maxi skirt opaque and we have a winner.

  15. 15
    March 8th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hey guys! This is Kayla, the LOC contributor for this post. Looks like there was a mix up with where Trisha Summerville’s collection was at. Target is what I had written down in my interview notes. Oops! Thanks for catching it :)

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