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Looks on Campus: Michaela – BYU


When heading to class, I often seeing people dressing for comfort: Think sneakers, jeans, and sweatshirts. The term “polished” would rarely describe the average student on campus, so when I saw Michaela looking so sharp on a late afternoon, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take her picture and ask about her sense of style!

Michaela 101

Brigham Young University student fashion

Name: Michaela

College: BYU

Year: Junior

Major: Earth and Science Education

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Let’s Talk Fashion

Why do you dress up? “I like to dress for success. When you are dressed up, you feel good, like you could conquer the world. But I still like to add some edge, or some quirky accessories, like geometric shaped pieces.”

Where do you like to shop? “I really like Gap; they have cute, classic pieces that build your wardrobe, but they’re not crazy expensive. And I really like J.Crew and Forever 21. And I like PacSun for accessories.”

Who are your favorite designers? “I love Michael Kors for watches and jewelry. And I love Steve Madden boots.”

Who is your style icon? “I really like Lauren Conrad. She’s always classy and put together, but she still looks youthful and beautiful.”

How has your style evolved? “My style totally changes with the seasons. During the summer it’s laid-back, with a boho, beachy-type feel. All natural. And then when fall comes, I like to be more pulled together in bold, bright colors. I love collars and button-ups.”

What would you consider your statement pieces? “I’m a big cheetah print girl. And I think anything with studs is cool.”

What do you like to do for fun? “I like to run! I did a marathon this summer. I like to play sports like soccer, and I love to ski in the winter. And, of course, I love to hang out with my friends and go shopping!”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “It’s okay to get inspiration from your friends or magazines. Also, be true to your style: whatever you like and feel comfortable in, that’s what you’ll look and feel best in.”

Elements of Michaela’s Outfit

1. Sweater and Plaid Shirt

Student style at BYU - sweater over plaid shirt

As the seasons begin to change, sweater weather draws closer. Michaela’s sweater is versatile enough to dress up or down, and creates a neutral base, allowing her skirt to really pop. The plaid shirt underneath makes the outfit look extra crisp.

2. Playful Accessories

Arm candy

With spikes, a watch, and a bow on her wrist, Michaela’s accessories are fun and playful. The mixed metals make the look more modern, and the spikes bring a little edge. Also, Michaela’s grey nail polish is the perfect complement to her two silver rings.

3. Leopard Print Smoking Slippers

Leopard smoking slippers

As we all know, flats are perfect for running around campus in comfort. This season’s alternative to the ballet flat, the smoking slipper, is everywhere right now, and is ideal for campus wear. I love Michaela’s leopard print pair – they’re loud enough to make a statement, but subdued enough to go with everything. Plus, when paired with her plaid shirt, they provide a hint of the print mixing trend.

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of Michaela’s look? Are you loving smoking slippers right now? Which of Michaela’s accessories is your favorite? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on October 10, 2012 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Michaela – BYU”

  1. 1
    October 10th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This is the most stylish post from looks on campus I’ve ever seen on this website! keep it up!

  2. 2
    October 10th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    She looks fantastic! I always look forward to these posts because they show real students in their everyday style. Keep up the good work, CF!

  3. 3
    October 10th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Absolutely love the outfit. So chic.


  4. 4
    October 10th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Jessica Simpson in her best years :)
    Don’t like her red skirth, but the rest is very good.

  5. 5
    October 10th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I really really love this outfit! Very well put together.

  6. 6
    October 10th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ah, so adorable! Very J. Crew catalog model-esque :)

  7. 7
    October 10th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I second the notion that this is my favorite Looks on Campus yet!! So fashionable and admirable, I really got inspiration from looking at Michaela’s outfit! Excellent, keep it up!

  8. 8
    October 10th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Definitely not something I would wear but she looks adorable. Seems to fit Idaho for some reason.

  9. 9
    October 10th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I wish I could also wear that kind of smart ladies tops, but unfortunately, our campus only allows wearing dull uniforms even on Saturdays!

  10. 10
    October 11th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    YAY! My name is Michaela too, which isn’t quite a common name so I always think it’s cool to see someone else with the same name. She looks so great in this outfit and so cute, perfect for fall :)

  11. 11
    October 11th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    LOVE this look! Its so classy and pulled together! Definitely one of the best Looks on Campus

  12. 12
    October 11th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Definitely the cutest “looks on campus” post I’ve seen. Adorable! And totally my style.

  13. 13
    October 11th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    This is a perfect outfit! If I went to school somewhere other than Florida, I’d totally copy it! Beautifully put together, without being too matchy-matchy :-)

  14. 14
    October 11th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Love love love this!! :)

  15. 15
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Very preppy. Not quite my style, but it suits her.

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