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Looks on Campus: Noele – Johnson & Wales University


The stereotype is true: us New Yorkers love wearing all black. However, despite our monochromatic ways, our styles are far from boring!

While walking around the Union Square on a beautiful fall Sunday, I spotted Noele, who was a prime example of how an all-black outfit can be bold in all of the right ways. Noele added some personal twists to her look to keep it cohesive but unique.

Noele 101

Johnson & wales university student street style

Name: Noele

Age: 22

Year: Senior

School: Johnson & Wales University

Major: Marketing & Fashion

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Let’s Talk Fashion

First things first, where is your outfit from? “My jacket is from Nordstrom. Even though it’s from a no-name brand, I always get compliments on it! The black dress is from Zara. These tights were purchased from a little town in Ireland during my internship at a corporate marketing firm. They didn’t appreciate my funky tights as much as I do, so I stuck with plain! These boots are brand new from Steve Madden. My chain necklaces are from my dad.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit today? “I woke up this morning feeling like wearing a smart and professional outfit, so I went for this simple LBD paired with an edgy jacket. A clean-cut silhouette keeps me looking more corporate at work.”

Where do you like to shop? “I find all my favorite items from thrift stores and boutiques around Brooklyn. Williamsburg has so many hidden gems.”

What advice would you give college students who are looking to improve their style? “Please do not wear sweatpants and pajamas in public! That is my biggest pet peeve. You never know when you’ll run into your ex-boyfriend, high school frienemy, or worse, your boss. Keep the disheveled look inside your home.”

Who’s your favorite designer or label? “It’s so hard to say because I’m a big fan of many high-end brands! Chanel and Tom Ford always have incredible and inspiring designs. However, Marc Jacobs’ most recent runway show really caught my eye. Marc Jacobs’ other line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, is much more affordable, too.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would that person be and why? “Rihanna, without a doubt. She’s my main girl! She always looks different and puts together the craziest outfits, but always manages to rock them flawlessly!”

Elements of Noele’s Outfit

1. Dramatic Makeup

Purple eye makeup college beauty trend

When Noele isn’t in classes or studying, she works as a part-time makeup artist. She often bases her outfit around the makeup she feels like wearing each day.

Today, she sported a very colorful lavender eye. The color adds a bold touch of personality to her monochromatic and clean-cut outfit. This makeup definitely speaks for itself!

2. Bold Handbag

Balenciaga bag student style

The show-stopping element of Noele’s outfit is clearly this covet-worthy Balenciaga bag. It was a high school graduation gift from her father. Thumbs up for such a generous dad! (Also, we are super jealous.)

The size is ideal for schoolbooks, but it’s also perfect for toting along to a professional job interview. The trendy hue of cobalt is such a sassy color for this fantastic bag.

3. Velvet Boots

Velvet boots college fashion trend

The velvet texture of these shoes immediately caught my attention! These Steve Madden lace-up booties are very fall-appropriate and on-trend this season.

At first glance, you may think the shoes are black, but they actually change from navy to purple as the light hits them. They are a stylish way to add some flair to an all-black ensemble.

Now we want to know what you think!

Are you in love with Noele’s all-black look? Do you ever wear monochromatic outfits? What do you think about velvet shoes? Are you as obsessed with her bold bag as we are? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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7 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Noele – Johnson & Wales University”

  1. 1
    October 30th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I normally don’t think most of the looks on campus are cute, but this look is amazing! It’s simultaneously edgy, cute, trendy, and comfortable. Bravo!

  2. 2
    October 30th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I wore a look similar to this a few days ago! black chunky sweater with black tights, cognac riding boots and a bright royal blue scarf. Also a royal blue crossbody bag :)

  3. 3
    October 30th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Such wonderful shoes! And I’ve been looking for a bag in that exact shade of blue, lol

  4. 4
    October 30th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Cute look! To me this is what fall is all about, leather and dark colors. The dark purple velvet adds a nice contrast to the monochromatic look.

  5. 5
    October 31st, 2013 at 3:08 am

    “Please do not wear sweatpants and pajamas in pubic!”

    That should probably say public.

  6. 6
    October 31st, 2013 at 10:57 am

    @Typo – haha, yikes – good catch! Fixing now.

  7. 7
    November 1st, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    pretty underwhelming outfit for as many high end items she has on

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