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Looks on Campus: Victoria – UC Berkeley


Victoria, a college fashionista from UC Berkeley

I was on my way to class on a crisp November day. Although the sun was out, it was actually quite chilly. As I was passing through Sproul Gate at UC Berkeley, I spotted Victoria‘s perfectly cozy fall ensemble from afar. I couldn’t let her go on her way without first shooting her outfit and asking her some questions.

Victoria 101

Name: Victoria

Major: French Literature

Year: 2nd year graduate student

Let’s Talk Fashion

How would you describe your sense of style?
“It’s pretty low-key, kind of folk-y, with a mild French influence. Scarves are important to French style – and I love how they look effortlessly put-together.”

Where do you like to shop?
“Anthopologie, thrift stores.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit?
“I tried to create a monochromatic outfit by layering different shades of brown.”

What do you do for fun – do you have any unique hobbies or interests?
“I like to cook and bake. I also like to sing – there are always bands on craigslist looking for singers!”

Elements of Victoria’s Outfit

Layering and Color Matching

The layering and color matching trends on Victoria, a college fashionista

Victoria’s outfit really epitomizes the art of layering and color matching. The shades of brown and the textures of each piece create depth and intricacy. I absolutely love how the pop of light blue peeking out from under her jacket adds a small dash of color while the shades of brown contrast and complement each other. Brown is also a great fall color and, since it’s a neutral, will work with almost everything in your wardrobe.

Fall Scarf

Fall scarf on Victoria, a college fashionista

Victoria’s scarf adds the perfect touch of vintage-chic to her look. The neutral beige color goes with the rest of her outfit, and the gold weaving and designs on the scarf add a splash of pretty detail.

Moto Boots

College fashionista rocking motorcycle boots

The last great element of Victoria’s look is her amazing pair of scuffed motorcycle boots. Sticking to the brown color palette, these are a beautiful shade of chocolate, and since they’re perfectly beat-up and worn looking, they create a wonderful contrast against the more feminine pieces in Victoria’s look. As her ensemble shows us, wearing darker pieces on your bottom half and lighter pieces up top is a great way to achieve balance, and create a seamless and put-together ensemble.

What do you think?

Are you loving Victoria’s ensemble as much as we are? Are you dying to try layering different shades of the same color? Is it too simple to only have two colors in an outfit? Share your thoughts below in the comments!

Posted on on November 30, 2010 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , ,

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14 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Victoria – UC Berkeley”

  1. 1
    November 30th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I absolutely love this. I’m all about layering too, and I can definitely see myself wearing a similar look. It’s nice to see people in California more bundled up, too. Where I live (the Northeast) it’s way too cold to go out without a jacket!

  2. 2
    November 30th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This look is sooo adorable. It also looks really comfortable too! I could definitely see myself wearing something similar because I’m all about comfort as an architecture student working long hours but I also like to look nice.

  3. 3
    November 30th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    i’ve got to have this jacket!

  4. 4
    November 30th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I love this! Her look is so sophisticated. Very nice.

  5. 5
    November 30th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    My favourite part of this outfit is actually her bag. It looks like a paper shopping bag! WANT.

  6. 6
    November 30th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I adore this look. Classic, classy!

  7. 7
    November 30th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    WOW She is so BeAuTiFuL.

  8. 8
    November 30th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I adore this look–it’s so put together, but still looks effortless. Love the light blue and browns together.

  9. 9
    November 30th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Omg! Her outfit is so gorgeous, put together, and sooo wearable! I <3 it! I love her jacket best of all… so lovely! :D

  10. 10
    November 30th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    please post a similar outfit that we can go buy!

  11. 11
    November 30th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I love her outfit! It’s such a welcome departure from the boring skirt-tights-cardigan-oxfords look, and it’s super practical too :)

    and the photography in this post is lovely! the focus and quality of detail that the camera captured is excellent!

  12. 12
    November 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Nice outfit, though I am not a fan of those boots…nonetheless, i’d still wear the rest of her outfit! Props for loving thrift stores too – love ‘em myself :)

  13. 13
    December 1st, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Great outfit! She looks like she really has her own style. Great layering!

  14. 14
    December 1st, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    can you post an “inspired by” look, so we can try to find similar pieces??

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