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Looks on Campus: Sydney – American University


As we all know, it can be difficult to put together a great outfit when the temperature drops and winter gear becomes a necessity. It’s so easy to lose your look under layers of bulky sweaters and a winter coat.

That’s why Sydney‘s bright outfit really caught my eye one dreary, chilly day. Sydney pulls off her winter look flawlessly, incorporating eye-catching cold weather essentials into her statement-making outfit. Read on to learn more about Sydney’s style!

Sydney 101

College student street fashion at American University in Washington DC

Name: Sydney

College: American University

Major: Print Journalism

Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Year: Sophomore

Hobbies: Blogging, Photography, Writing, Campus Newspaper, Campus Radio Station

Let’s Talk About Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “I guess my biggest fashion inspiration has been Zoe Kravitz because she’s really edgy and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. But my favorite fashion inspiration of all time is Audrey Hepburn. Music inspires me for sure, just the scene and the genres that I listen to. When I started listening to Rock N’ Roll, my style became more edgy.”

Where do you like to shop? “I like to shop at Urban Outfitters because they have a bit of everything. I also love thrift stores if I can find them. Lucky Brand has a lot of basic essentials like jeans. I shop my dad’s closet for things like oversized sweaters and jackets. And, of course, I love shopping online at stores like NastyGal and TopShop.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I would say classic with an edgy twist.”

What fashion advice do you have for students looking to improve their style? “At all costs, avoid trying to be a fash-tastrophe: my word for fashion catastrophe. I’m not saying you need to be totally matchy all the time but some trends aren’t meant for everyone, and I think you really need to dress comfortably and be as true to yourself as you possibly can be. If you aren’t that confident [with putting things together], look at magazines — that helps a lot. Not necessarily to see what’s trendy, but how people pair things together.”

Who is your favorite fashion designer? “For a while, it was Betsey Johnson. She just knows how to rock pink and not make it super girly. I love her mantra, ‘Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and, of course, each other.'”

Elements of Sydney’s Outfit

1. Bright Yellow Coat


Sydney’s coat is perfect for brightening up a chilly day. The bold color lets the coat become part of her ensemble, as opposed to covering it up. I love the toggle buttons on the bright yellow jacket; it gives a classic style some edge.

2. Great Gatsby Sweater


This sweater is cozy and whimsical, and depicts the iconic cover art of The Great Gatsby. The sweater is also perfectly timed with the hype about the upcoming release of the Great Gatsby movie!

3. Fingerless Gloves


Sydney’s gloves are perfect for keeping her hands warm in the cold weather, and their neutral color means they go with everything. Fingerless glove styles like Sydney’s are especially useful when you need to use your fingers for texting or, say, browsing CF on your phone. ;)

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of Sydney’s look? What color coat are you wearing this fall? Do you love Sydney’s Great Gatsby sweater as much as we do? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on November 14, 2012 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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20 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Sydney – American University”

  1. 1
    November 14th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I love the Great Gatsby sweater! I personally don’t wear printed sweaters, but I’d really love to know where she got a sweater like that!

  2. 2
    November 14th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’d like to know where she got the sweater too as well as the coat.

  3. 3
    November 14th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I think the sweater is from :)

  4. 4
    November 14th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Very cute. However, I would like to point out that this is very much not a sweater, but rather a fleece or a fleece sweatshirt.

  5. 5
    November 14th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    The first thing I noticed was the scarf/coat/boots combo, and now my heart is set on finding the perfect yellow coat! Such a quirky outfit but it is put together so well that she pulls it off so easily.

  6. 6
    November 14th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    definitely my favourite look on campus so far! love the colours and literariness, and hooray for a betsey fan :)
    xandra ?

  7. 7
    November 14th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    That is the most hipster sweatshirt I’ve ever seen, but she’s rocking it.

  8. 8
    November 14th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I love her coat! And her jumper! In fact, the whole ensemble is great! And best of all, she looks warm and cosy :D

  9. 9
    November 14th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    that sweater is incredible, old sport ;)

  10. 10
    November 14th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    It all goes together so nicely, this is one of my favourites :)

  11. 11
    November 14th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I really, really, really, really like this outfit, and I almost NEVER like the looks on campus stuff. I would LOVE to know where that Gatsby sweater came from.

  12. 12
    November 15th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Where are those gorgeous boots from? I’ve been looking for a pair of comfy, flat boots in that colour for aaaages!

  13. 13
    November 15th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I have the exact same jacket! But I have never seen anyone wear this in North American because I bought it in China.

  14. 14
    November 15th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I love how she rocks bright colors in a winter outfit!

  15. 15
    November 15th, 2012 at 4:16 am


  16. 16
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    love everything about this look, especially the great gatsby sweater paired with the bright yellow coat

  17. 17
    November 15th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    HA! @olive… Love this look, reminds me of something I’d wear… can’t wait for the Great Gatsby movie!

  18. 18
    November 15th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    This is my favorite “Look on Campus” ever! I love it! So unique, very creative!

  19. 19
    November 16th, 2012 at 6:49 am

    This outfit is adorable! I have that Great Gatsby sweatshirt and it is literally the coziest thing in my closet. Love her style!

  20. 20
    November 22nd, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I know I’ve seen a yellow H&M jacket which is basically the same as hers, cute :)

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