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Looks on Campus: Neima – Elon University


You can’t help but want to get to know her – to talk to her and listen to what she has to say. Neima radiates confidence as she walks the brick paths at Elon University.

I have noticed her style and this incredible confidence many times, always slightly envying the way that she puts together and pulls off some of her outfits. It just so happens that this semester I have a class with her and have been given the opportunity to get to know the girl that evokes so many stares and awe-inspired glances.

Neima 101

College student style at Elon University

Name: Neima

Hometown: Originally from Somalia but more recently from Decatur in East Atlanta, Georgia

College: Elon University

Year: Junior

Major: Media, Arts & Entertainment with a concentration in Broadcast & New Media

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “I love Gwyneth Paltrow, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes from TLC, Janis Joplin, and Jada Pinkett-Smith circa the ’90s. I also love the way that Jimi Hendrix didn’t fit into any stereotypes and could represent everyone. I don’t fit into a stereotype either because I love the Woodstock and hippie looks and try to blend it with art, hip-hop, and break-dancing types of style. I look to that time period (the ’60s and ’70s) the most [for style inspiration].”

Where do you like to shop? “On any given day that you see me, my outfit didn’t cost much. I like to shop at thrift stores – I would call myself a thrift store connoisseur.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I am comfortable with myself so I know that what I am wearing is not the end-all, be-all of who I am. So if I want to wear a dashiki one day and the next day represent another culture by wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, I can. It doesn’t matter what you wear as long as you wear it with confidence. I don’t have one specific look – I try to mix eras and cultures and would say that I am ‘accidentally fashionable’ and wear what makes me comfortable that day. Some days I want to be laid back and be more ‘girl next door’ while other days I just want to feel pretty and ‘dolled up.'”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Don’t be afraid of a stare. Don’t be afraid to express your creativity. Don’t be afraid to stand out. Never try too hard – that’s how you lose your authenticity. Be fashionable, but be approachable.”

Do you have any current fashion cravings? “I want to get more ’90s urban thick roped earrings – ‘Salt-n-Pepa’ gold hoop earrings. I also want to get a Coogi sweater and Everlast boxing boots.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “My favorite color is gold and today I wanted to feel pretty and ‘dolled up.'”

Elements of Neima’s Outfit

1. Gold boots

Gold boots on a college student fashionista at Elon University

Neima bought these statement-making boots online two years ago. While they’re definitely a polarizing item, I love these boots and think they add a special, whimsical touch to Neima’s outfit. It was these boots that made me at her look twice. When people walk around campus, they often look down (just to make sure they don’t trip on a loose brick) but these shoes would make anyone look up to see the rest of the outfit.

2. Gold Statement Earrings


After noticing her shoes, I was drawn to Neima’s incredible earrings. The orange and gold tones reflect the orange in her scarf and the gold of her boots, dress, and necklace (which she has had since ninth grade).

3. Flower Hair Accessory


I have always found it difficult to pull off hair accessories, but Neima does it flawlessly. She continues with the whimsical and girly feel of her outfit by adding this flower to her hair. It’s such a cute and unexpected piece, and adds a little something extra to her look.

What do you think?

Do you love Neima’s fearless sense of style as much as we do? Would you wear a pair of gold boots? Do you agree with her fashion philosophies? What’s your favorite part of her outfit? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on March 3, 2012 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , ,

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19 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Neima – Elon University”

  1. 1
    March 3rd, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Love her style, she seems fearless and thats awesome! You need to be confident to pull of some trends and she rocks it! But myself personally I would never wear gold boots. Great post! :)

  2. 2
    March 3rd, 2012 at 11:23 am

    really not so sure about those boots, but I LOVE the tights and top.

  3. 3
    March 3rd, 2012 at 11:26 am

    The boots seem too out there for me, but I love the top. And her earrings are so amazing.

  4. 4
    March 3rd, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I go here! And I have seen her around! She does have pretty cool style!

  5. 5
    March 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Love all the pieces individually…but not so much together. Too many amazing things at once, my eyes dont know where to look.

  6. 6
    March 3rd, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Just doesn’t look polished enough to me. But go ‘head girl, rock it!

  7. 7
    March 3rd, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Neima is a fashion force on campus. Everytime I see her I envy what she wears. This outfit is nice but it doesn’t do justice to her style. :P

  8. 8
    March 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    HEY! We went to HS together… it is so weird to see someone I know on this!
    Your still looking great as ever!!! ;) I wasn’t sure if it was you until I saw those earrings, then I was like… Yep. That is Her!!! :)

  9. 9
    March 3rd, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I think she looks great!

  10. 10
    March 3rd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I think there are nice pieces here but I stand by the rule take one accessory off before leaving the house. She looks like he’s trying too hard with this outift

  11. 11
    March 3rd, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    this outfit is really overwhelming, imo. she’s trying to do too many things at the same time.

  12. 12
    March 3rd, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I love the dress, tights, and earrings but I can’t stand the shoes…the flower and the scarf aren’t really doing it for me. Overall, cool style.

  13. 13
    March 3rd, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    What website did she get her boots from? I love them! Is there somewhere I could get them?

  14. 14
    March 4th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Hjsfhkl I love her dress! *flail*

    I like the entire coordinate, actually; I’d never be able to pull it off (with different tights and/or shoes, maybe), but I really like it on her.

  15. 15
    March 4th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I’m afraid I’m just not fond of this look, at all. It’s way too all over the place. I suppose this could be an attempt at an “eclectic” look , but it’s just too much going on. This could have looked quite nice with a leather bomber thrown over the top/dress, black skinnies, booties, and some understated accessories. That is just my take on the look though.

  16. 16
    March 4th, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I’m pretty sure she’s going for the out there look. Not everyone wants to take off an accessory or trade in pieces for a more subdued style.

  17. 17
    March 4th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I know a lot of people are harping on the boots and the abundant accessorization, but this may just be my favorite “Look on Campus” that CF has ever posted.
    I absolutely love her bold, unique style. Her outfit is whimsical with the right amount of modern thrown in with a 70s homage.
    Just because you don’t like the style of the boots doesn’t mean you should give gold boots a knock. I bought a BEAUTIFUL pair of gold boots from Anthropologie three years back and I still rock them on a nearly weekly basis.

    Keep turning heads Neima!

  18. 18
    March 6th, 2012 at 12:36 am


    Oh my God, I am always on collegefashion and I go to Elon and it was so refreshing to see my own good friend featured on this site!

    Neima certainly has a style of her own and not only that but a personality that would make anyone fall in love with her!

    So happy to see her featured here, she truly is amazing!

  19. 19
    December 19th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Where did you get those boots! Love them!! Need some for myself!

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