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Looks on Campus: Vivienne – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


While browsing for notebooks, I was surprised to see a pair of spiked Jeffrey Campbell platforms walk into the bookstore. I had never seen such a bold heel on campus, so I knew I had to talk to the girl wearing them.

After chatting with Vivienne, I realized that her boots weren’t the only part of her outfit worth observing: The rest of it was equally fabulous! Not to mention, she walked like a runway model in those platforms.

Vivienne 101

French Revolution leggings and Jeffrey Campbell spiked boots

Name: Vivienne

College: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Major: Architecture

Year: Sophomore

Let’s Talk Fashion

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “It was the first day I could try the shoes out and break them in. The leggings have been my favorite since I bought them because I really liked the concept of the French Revolution print. And the jacket was just to keep myself warm.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I would say radical. I like combining girly styles with cool and edgy styles. Some days I just go totally edgy.”

Who or what inspires your style? “I just wear what I like. I sometimes check fashion show videos and fashion week pictures because they combine really unique styles. I pick a little bit of this and that to put into my style.”

Where do you like to shop? “My favorite shop is definitely Forever 21 because it’s affordable. As long as you pick the right materials and shapes, the pieces are just fine. I also like Urban Outfitters for their patterns and prints. Also, their sales are awesome!”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Colors and patterns make a lot of difference. But I think the most important thing is to make sure your clothes fit. Make sure things are not too long, short, tight, or baggy. Choose the right fit for your body.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “Patterned leggings, tights, and stockings. I really like vertical stripes.”

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? “I really like Ann Demeulemeester. Her designs are really simple but really beautiful. You can just wear one of her shirts and some pants and look fabulous.”

Elements of Vivienne’s Outfit

1. Spiked Jeffrey Campbell Litas


These heels are definite showstoppers: They turn heads and add that extra va-va-voom to any outfit. Vivienne’s shoe choice accentuates the edgy feel of her look and sets the stage for the rest of the pieces.

2. Patterned Leggings


These French Revolution leggings turn Vivienne’s outfit into a history lesson fit for the runway. The formfitting legging material works with her body type to create a streamlined look, while the color plays nicely with her dark red top.

3. Metal-Tipped Blouse


Although subtle, the detail on Vivienne’s collar adds a touch of vintage flare to her classic red blouse. The design doesn’t take away from the rest of the outfit, but instead carries the edgy theme through the top half of her look.

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of Vivienne’s look? Would you wear her bold shoes on your college campus? Do you love her unique leggings as much as we do? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on February 2, 2013 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , ,

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46 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Vivienne – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo”

  1. 1
    February 2nd, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Leggings are not pants. She needs a top that covers her butt/front, because no matter how cool printed leggings are, they look inappropriate with short tops.

  2. 2
    February 2nd, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Stephanie, I totally agree with you.
    If she had jeans on, I might actually like this outfit, but as is it just seems way too inappropriate…And it doesn’t help that the French dude’s head is right next to her crotch – it draws my eye right to that area. Not good.

  3. 3
    February 2nd, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    She looks amazing! Not at all inappropriate as the leggings are opaque and are meant to be worn as trousers. It’s nice to finally see something different in the Looks on Campus. Awesome!

  4. 4
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This outfit draws attention to the weirdest of places! o.O I’m all for freedom of expression in clothing and whatnot but I’d definitely NOT wear this on campus. The tights look a little uncomfortable. A few extra inches on the top, or wearing a tunic of the same colour wouldve made a world of difference.

  5. 5
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Woah, too much going on in this outfit..not for me, and I agree that she should have worn a longer top.

  6. 6
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Uh, so I guess i’m the only one who likes the outfit?

  7. 7
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I too am of the opinion that leggings are not pants, but this is still a pretty cool outfit! I love the colors. The blouse is my favorite part though–that collar detail is fab.

  8. 8
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I love this look, it is so different and she definitely owns it! Her style is edgy, like she says, and the leggings as pants work for her in my opinion.

  9. 9
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I actually really like this outfit, it’s bold and obviously unique but not TOO much. Leggings can be pants if you damn well want them to be pants… what you wear is your own decision and if you’ve decided that you want to wear leggings as pants, go ahead! These are obviously opaque so who cares?

  10. 10
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    She looks awesome! And if the article didn’t mentioned that those were leggings, no one would know or think they look inappropriate.

  11. 11
    February 2nd, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I love her outfit, it is sooo my style. But even if it wasn’t i think it looks great as it is! You guys need to stop hating amd there’s no problem with the leggins, people can wear whatever they want, there’s no rule that says you can’t wear leggins and a short top. As long as you dont have a cameltoe lol honestly its fine. The “leggins are not pants” “”rule”” is getting old people, so just drop it gosh!

  12. 12
    February 2nd, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    “Leggings can be pants if you damn well want them to be pants.” Damn right, too many people jumping on the ‘leggings aren’t pants’ train without even considering that they’re opaque, and they work.

    I honestly love this outfit, I’m surprised I’m in the minority. Especially because I love when people wear heels on campus, I think more people should!

  13. 13
    February 2nd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Those leggings/pants/I-do-not-care-what-they-are are perfectly fabulous! So, so cool – so utterly unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Where did she find such a gem?

    One final note – as a History major, with an Art History background, those fabulous pants are not actually the French Revolution, per se. The painting printed on them is Eugene Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People,” and it commemorates the July 1830 Revolution, which was in France, but later than the Marie-Antoinette and the guillotine French Revolution, which was 1789. (And no, I didn’t google that first. Geekitude rules.)

  14. 14
    February 2nd, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I love the leggings. They would make me look like an elephant but they look stunning. They may look better if the shirt was a little longer but she looks amazing.
    Wish I could pull it off :P

  15. 15
    February 2nd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The problem isn’t being able to see through the leggings. The problem is they are too tight! No leggings as pants!
    I mean, you can wear whatever you want but it can be awkward when areas of your clothing are too tight. With printed jeans or something this outfit would be perfect! Love it all, except those leggings.

  16. 16
    February 2nd, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Personally, I think she looks GORGEOUS. This look is daring, and only people who are truly comfortable in their own skin can pull it off.

    Leggings are not pants when they’re one solid color. This is opaque and patterned. Perfectly fine. Also, I love the print. I’m a huge history nerd and I love the idea of incorporating education with fashion! :) And those shoes. Ugh. Gimme.

    This look has inspired me to lose weight so I look good in my galaxy print leggings.

    She looks flawless.

  17. 17
    February 2nd, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Those leggings are fabulous!

  18. 18
    February 2nd, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I love this outfit! Definitely not anything I could pull off but it looks awesome on her! However, I have to agree that her blouse could’ve been an inch or two longer. The first thing I noticed was her crotch. As someone else mentioned, the placement of the head draws the attention to that area. And whether there’s cameltoe (sorry, had to say it) or not is that really what the focal point should be?

  19. 19
    February 2nd, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    It’s so refreshing to see someone wear something on campus other than jeans. I love the way she flaunts those leggings with confidence! It’s certainly unique and very inspirational.

    @Cara – good catch! The 1830 rebellion is also the historical context for Les Miserables. :)

  20. 20
    February 2nd, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I love this outfit a lot, these leggings were definitely made to be worn as pants – although Vivienne has a body type that can pull them off this way, and not everyone does. I didn’t even realize they were French revolution themed until it was mentioned, they just looked like an interesting pattern to me at first.

  21. 21
    February 2nd, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    @ Cara: YES. THANK YOU. NOT the “French Revolution.” The only thing that gets more tiring than explaining that fact to confused Les Misérables fans is then trying to explain that Les Misérables does not even depict the 1830 Revolution, but the 1832 Paris Uprising.

    P.S. I like the outfit.

  22. 22
    February 2nd, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I WANT THOSE LEGGINGS SOOOO BADLY! Where do these leggings exist because I want them right now!

  23. 23
    February 2nd, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I think that she looks great too. I like her style a lot, probably one of the best on CF imo. And I think the tights probably look more inappropriate than they really are because of the angle of the photograph (it’s facing upward which unfortunately focuses on her crotch). I think if we were to see her at eye level we probably wouldn’t notice things like that.

  24. 24
    February 2nd, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Firstly, she looks freaking amazing.

    Now onto “are leggings pants”– I’m in the camp that they’re just like any other clothing: if they look inappropriate, they are not okay. If there are no bulges/ awkward camletoe/ sausage-ness, then I don’t really see a problem with them. It’s not like she looks distractingly boot-licious or anything, it creates a slim, clean line on her body. I think she looks great.

    Plus, those leggings are way too cool for it to matter.

  25. 25
    February 2nd, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t think leggings are pants, but I actually like those ones. Yeah, they draw your attention down there, but I think the idea of them is cool.

  26. 26
    February 2nd, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Reading through these comments was hilarious. The outfit is very cute! I’m surprised more people don’t like it.
    I honestly think those who still feel leggings are not pants are as dated as those who still forbid mixing gold and silver or black and brown. As with all clothing, it’s a matter of person and if it looks great together, then the “fashion rules” don’t need to be followed.

  27. 27
    February 3rd, 2013 at 1:00 am

    she looks like a boss. where did she get those leggings?????????

  28. 28
    February 3rd, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I love this outfit on her…..she has the right attitude
    The fact that so many girls are complaining about how ‘leggings are not pants’ bla bla bla just makes me love the look more
    Now that is a sense of style. Breaking fashion rules and being bold!
    Her style is radical

    Thumbs up from me

  29. 29
    February 3rd, 2013 at 1:15 am

    This is the first “Looks on campus” that I love. She looks edgy and fresh. Not to mention amazing. Clearly, she is very thin, s
    o she can pull of the “leggings as pants” rule. To all the whiners on here, give it a break. You can’t see anything. She looks polished. And if you’re that uncomfortable if your eyes graze her muffin area, maybe you should stop and think why that’s makes you THAT uncomfortable. You have one too. All women do, shocking I know. She is NOT showing anything. Get over it. My only reason for being upset is the fact that I’m hourglass shaped and I can’t pull of this look, because my curves would be like “BAM! In your face!”

  30. 30
    February 3rd, 2013 at 1:21 am

    hey! I’m an architecture major too!! Surprised to see her out of studio…haha, sophomore year is the toughest!

  31. 31
    February 3rd, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Courtney, I’m an Architecture major too and while I believe not everyone spends all their time in the studio, I don’t think that outfit isn’t comfortable enough for the field she has chosen. I prefer, when I’m at school, to keep my clothes comfortable enough so that I can really move and work in them (kind of like an artist’s work clothes in a painting studio), and also in darker colors and easy to wash materials (I wouldn’t like to cover myself in paint, glue, wood, ink, watercolor, markers, etc. and beat myself up for ruining my clothes).
    Also, individually, I really like every single piece of her outfit, but as a whole – i don’t really think it’s ok. As many other girls have commented, I wouldn’t feel comfortable either by showing my butt like that. Yeah, of course you can wear your leggings like pants, if you want to (I get it, you feel empowered by breaking the rules) – but this is not about your own willpower, it’s about common sense. You can also decide to wear your lace babydoll as a dress or your panties as shorts – is it ok, though? I think not.
    I repeat – every single piece she wears is truly gorgeous and I would definitely wear them too… Just not in that combination.

  32. 32
    February 3rd, 2013 at 6:04 am

    These leggings are definitely by Black Milk Clothing. Shame they’ve discontinued them.

    And guys, who cares if you don’t think leggings are pants. Vivienne rocks them and that’s just fine!

  33. 33
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Usually I’m on board the “leggings shouldn’t be worn as pants unless you’re wearing a long top” train but this outfit just looks way too good to notice.
    I think people have got too hung up on the whole “don’t wear leggings as pants” idea that whenever they see it they automatically go “no. that’s unacceptable” rather than actually looking at and evaluating the outfit. I think they work.
    And I simply need those leggings.

  34. 34
    February 3rd, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Note: mild language will be used for the sake of argument in this comment, but I think it’s important.

    Ok, people may take this as slightly unrelated, but what is the real motive behind “no leggings as pants”? Is it because you think they’re “inappropriate,” meaning, given the area of the body concerned, that they are somehow over-sexualing? Funny. I’ve seen whole articles on the net lately defending such things as Lena Dunham’s semi-nudity in “Girls,” saying that women ought to be free to present their bodies as they like without being seen as sexualized objects. Isn’t this “oh my gosh we can see your crotch” tirade a little too close to “oh my gosh, you slut, cover it up”? Which makes it something akin to slut shaming. So for those of you who are against such things (and mind you, I never said that I was), I’d honestly reconsider your knee-jerk reaction next time you see a girl wearing something you find inappropriate.

    To clarify, all quoted reactions here make no accusation about Vivienne, who I think looks perfectly appropriate AND utterly fabulous. It’s just intended as some food for thought RE: the visceral reactions on these comments.

  35. 35
    February 3rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Usually I’m on board the “leggings shouldn’t be worn as pants unless you’re wearing a long top” train but this this leggings aren’t just plain. They are a bold print that are obviously made to be worn as pants.
    I LOVE her bold heels. I think the legging French REvolution print is awesome and current, especially with Les Mis out. I’m surprised more people weren’t more in love with this look.

  36. 36
    February 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I love this outfit. Normally I don’t like the “leggings as pants” look but usually when you see that, it’s someone wearing plain black leggings with Uggs and Northface or some other hideous ensemble. These pants (or leggings or whatever they are) are too cool to be hidden under a thigh-length shirt.

  37. 37
    February 3rd, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I love the individual elements of her outfit, but as an ensemble, I don’t think it looks quite right. And when I say ‘right’, I don’t mean appropriate, but visually appealing. Vivienne could’ve created a more aesthetically pleasing outfit with a longer top. Her outfit would’ve been PERFECT with a longer top. Sigh.

  38. 38
    February 4th, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Great outfit, love every element of it!

  39. 39
    February 4th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This girl has amazing style, definitely my favorite Look on Campus of all time. I don’t care that she’s wearing leggings as pants–she looks great in them! A+++.

  40. 40
    February 4th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    It’s the first outfit in a while that is actually something different and daring.And I don’t care that she wore leggings as pants.I don’t like girls wearing a not-so-thick pair of black leggings that actually show her panties but I don’t think that’s the case with Vivienne.

  41. 41
    February 4th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    This is absolutely the best Look on Campus so far!!! A lot of them are kind of boring and uninspired, but this outfit is seriously awesome. I wish I could wear Litas around my campus without falling face first into the snow!
    Apparently I’m in the minority here, but I really like the shorter top! A longer one would probably make her legs look kind of short because of the printed leggings. The top she chose is a much more flattering length proportion-wise!

  42. 42
    February 4th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I love this outfit!!! Leggings-as-pants haters to the left

  43. 43
    February 8th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    This is one of the more unique outfits from looks on campus without ring to extreme. The solid colors of her blouse and jacket even out the pattern of her leggings. I like her style :)

  44. 44
    February 10th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Of course leggings aren’t pants, they’re leggings! I personally love the outfit. I agree that the top could use an extra inch or so, but its still a beautiful and bold statement. I’ve never really liked the whole spike fad, but she is defintely owning it in those shoes.

  45. 45
    February 12th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I love the leggings, but I would definitely wear some cutoff shorts over them.

  46. 46
    March 4th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    For anyone who is curious, the leggings are from :)

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