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Looks on Campus: Samantha – Point Park University


For early February, we’ve had some uncharacteristically warm weather here in Pittsburgh – not that I’m complaining! Sixty-degree days are more than welcome in the middle of winter. And vibrant red always adds an appreciated pop of bold color in the midst of neutrals.

I spotted Samantha from across the street and knew just where I was headed when the light turned green. Read on and you’ll see her quirky personality is a perfect fit with her style.

Samantha 101

College student style at Point Park University

Name: Samantha

School: Point Park University

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing with a minor in Digital Media

Hometown: York, Pennsylvania

Hobbies/Interests: “I play the ukulele! I also make up really cool dance moves when I’m bored.”

Let’s Talk Fashion

Describe your personal style: “Well, I guess it would be considered more on the classic, preppy side. And it’s a little quirky too. I totally have the same geometric pink skirt that Marcia wore on The Brady Bunch.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “I’m not a huge fan of falling victim to trends, but sometimes they’re pretty cool – like combat boots. If I could wear my mom’s Espirit combat boots year round, I would.”

Where do you like to shop? “Etsy, Ralph Lauren, the L.L. Bean Fall catalog and Martin + Osa”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, whose would you choose, and why? “My mom’s. The woman is a fashion genius. And guess what? I already raid it.”

What would you say is a wardrobe essential; something everyone should have in their closets? “Sorry, I know everyone says it, but a little black dress.”

Who or what inspires your style? “My love for Frank Sinatra and old-time movies is partly the influence of my style. I have this mink scarf that makes me feel like I’m back in the 1920s!”

What fashion advice would you give to students trying to develop their personal style? “Pick a signature piece that serves as the foundation for your style. Make your style memorable. For instance, I’m that kid that wears penny loafers like 300 days out of the year. That’s a lot of loafin’ around.”

Elements of Samantha’s Outfit

1. Blazer & Oxford Combo


In my opinion, it’s not easy to rock a red blazer without looking like a news anchor or politician, but I love the way Samantha blended classy with casual by pairing hers with a pinstriped denim oxford shirt. By cuffing the shirt over the blazer sleeves, she perfectly ties the whole look together.

2. Branch Bracelet


Rolled up sleeves practically beg to be paired with bracelets, and Samantha doesn’t disappoint. I’ve never seen anything like Samantha’s bracelet before: It’s the perfect balance of simple and intriguing, catching the light, but not distracting from the clean-cut lines of her outfit.

3. Buckled Boots & Dark Denim


I think everyone needs a pair of perfect-fit, dark wash jeans – they’re great for dressing up or down, wearing to class or for a night out. Samantha tucked hers into a pair of simple brown leather boots that look just as comfortable as they are stylish.

What do you think?

Do you like Samantha’s style as much as we do? Would you rock a bold red blazer like hers? Have you found any fun pieces in your mom’s closet? Share your style stories or suggestions in a comment!

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20 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Samantha – Point Park University”

  1. 1
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is one of my favorite Looks on Campus ever! Such a perfect outfit, and that branch bracelet is BEAUTIFUL. I’ve been haunting thrift stores trying to find the perfect red vintage blazer but I’ve been coming up empty. This post has renewed my desire to find one!

  2. 2
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Love her style. I literally want every item of clothing she has!

  3. 3
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love it! The look is so crisp and professional but not boring because she incorporates such personal touches

  4. 4
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Wow, she is stunning. Something about her style reminds me of PJ Harvey (in a very good way). I usually try to play it simple and safe, but I find this very inspiring.

  5. 5
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I would have undone a couple of more buttons to make it look a bit more messy/cool to off set the tailored blazer, but it’s a really nice look overall. Kudos!

  6. 6
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Super cute outfit, I’m going to redo this outfit with my pink blazer!

  7. 7
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    She looks amazing! I have a similar red blazer (though mine is oversized) and she wears it great. One of the best looks featured.

  8. 8
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Love everything!!

  9. 9
    February 18th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, gorgeous outfit. It looks so put together, but not…forced. And the way Samantha styles her hair fits well with the look too–it’s off her face and doesn’t change the line of the collar, lapel, or the well-tailored shoulder by spilling onto it. But it’s also a relaxed and simple hairstyle that fits the whole vibe and what I can see of her personality. I’m just gushing, I’ll stop now!

  10. 10
    February 18th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I love her look, and I want EVERYTHING in her outfit NOW.

  11. 11
    February 18th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Ooooo, she reads A Pair and A Spare, I bet ;)

  12. 12
    February 18th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    On point, definitely similar to my style. Have been hitting up thrift spots for a red blazer like that for a while. She looks great!

  13. 13
    February 18th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I never knew collegefashion was in Pitt!! I go to Point Park!!

  14. 14
    February 18th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    WOW! favorite look on campus yet! love her style and her hairstyle!!

  15. 15
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:07 am

    What a well put together outfit! Simple but chic. Also, it looks so very practical and everything she’s wearing just really clicks. I like it. Love the charming little bracelet too.

  16. 16
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I love this look, so classic and tailored. Her style very much reminds me of Spencer’s from Pretty Little Liars.

  17. 17
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I love her outfit and how pulled together it looks without being boring. She’s very very pretty too. :)

  18. 18
    February 20th, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Great looks on campus article!
    Seriously though, where can I buy that bracelet?

  19. 19
    February 27th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    love this! she pulls it off very nicely. reminds me a bit of spencer hastings from pretty little liars…

  20. 20
    December 10th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The boots look so comfy.

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