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Looks on Campus: Zoe – Rhode Island School of Design


The first time I saw Zoe, she was wearing a sparkly red top, a purse shaped like an eyeball, and one of her famous flowery headbands. I was in a rush to get to class, but knew that I had to find her again and interview her properly for College Fashion.

Fortunately, she easily stands out in a crowd! I was excited to talk style with the most fashion-forward girl on campus, and the interview did not disappoint.

Zoe 101

RISD college street style

Name: Zoe

School: Rhode Island School of Design

Major: Foundation Student (Textiles)

Hometown: Nashville

Let’s Talk Fashion

What inspired you to wear this outfit? “I just bought this sweater at Savers thrift store the other day, which I based the rest of my outfit around, hence the polka-dot tights and socks. I also love the idea of wearing a sweater with a white oxford button-up shirt.

Leather is one of my favorite trends right now, which is why I opted for the jacket and miniskirt. Leather-on-leather is kind of fun. I also felt like being tall today, so I wore these shoes – even though they’re not the most practical for Providence’s cold weather on campus.”

I’m sure there’s a story behind your fantastic headband. “I make all of my headbands. I have close to 30. I sell them on Etsy also.”

I heard you’re also a blogger. When did you start that? “I started writing my personal style blog when I was a freshman in high school in 2009. I wrote a post every day for a year. A lot of them weren’t very exciting posts, but I made sure I posted every day. After that, I haven’t posted every day, but I’ve kept up with it since. I try to post at least once a week. It’s strictly a personal style blog. It’s an outlet for me to share my thoughts on fashion and my outfits. It’s called Girl With The Flower.”

Flowers must be a sort of a signature for you. Tell me more. “I’ve worn flowers in my hair since I was in the eighth grade. I started buying flower hair-clips from Forever 21. It just kinda stuck. Like, I bought one and I wore it some, and then I started wearing it every day because I liked it so much. Then I bought more, and then I started looking for more places to buy flowers, and before I knew it, I had a huge collection of flower clips.

And then, I realized I could buy flowers from Joanne’s and Michael’s, glue them onto headbands, and put in rhinestones and little animals. It just kind of grew from there.”

What advice would you give to girls trying to find their own style? “I’d say that looking at fashion magazines and looking at runway shows is a good place to start. A lot of my initial inspiration came from places like that. Especially Teen Vogue. I really love Teen Vogue and I really like the aesthetic that they represent. I don’t really have any set advice other than to wear what you want and not care what people are going to say about [it].”

Some people might be nervous about trying out a new look, especially a bold one. What would you say to those people? “I would say to just go for it. Nine times out of ten fashion risks pay off. I think other people tend to admire your fashion risks more than they hate on them. And if they do hate on them, then whatever… it doesn’t matter much.”

What kind of reception do your outfits get? “There are a lot of people who really love what I wear and there are those who really hate what I wear. But I do it for myself.”

Where do you like to shop? “Thrift stores. Savers. Goodwill. I would scout out all of the Goodwills in Nashville and make rounds frequently. I do some online shopping. I hit up sale racks wherever I go. Right now I’m trying to focus on quality over quantity. Instead of buying a ton of junk from Forever 21, I wanna take that and put it towards something that’s high-quality and will last me a long time.”

Do you have any favorite designers? “Hmm.. Meadham Kirchoff, Comme des Garcons, Suno, and Opening Ceremony.”

If you could switch wardrobes with anyone who would it be?Frida Kahlo or Lady Gaga.”

What Zoe is Wearing:

Necklace – Shop Bananas (a boutique in Providence Federal Hill), Sweater – Savers, Button-down – Target Men’s section, Leather Jacket – Online motorcycle supplier, Skirt/tights – Target, Socks – Happy Socks, Shoes – YRU, Bag – Milly, Lipstick – Lime Crime, Glasses – See Eyewear

Elements of Zoe’s Outfit

Zoe demonstrates such careful attention to detail and combines interesting individual pieces together to create her truly one-of-a-kind look. While Zoe likes to meld together a lot of different pieces in an eccentric manner, each of her pieces is wearable in a non-art-school environment, too.

1. Polka Dot Sweater and Biker Jacket

Polka dot sweater and biker jacket at risd

Wearing a sweater over a button-down shirt is a timeless look, but Zoe’s bold pop of pattern add some serious oomph to the ensemble. When paired with a men’s leather biker jacket that fits her like a glove, there’s no doubt that she’s the coolest-dressed girl on campus.

2. Necklace

OMG statement necklace

If you’ve never met a necklace with some personality, allow me to introduce you to Zoe’s bling. Her “omg” necklace is the icing on her already delectable outfit. The rhinestone letters stand out against the bright blue backdrop of her sweater, and also mimic the silver sheen of her Milly bag.

3. Leather Skirt & Patterned Tights

Leather skirt and patterned tights college style trends

This pleather skirt from Target is a winner. It’s just the right length; not too short and not too long. Zoe’s skirt is ultra-trendy, but she demonstrates they can be worn with a variety of styles. Her polka-dot tights are also an adorable addition, since patterned tights liven up any ensemble.

4. Shoes

Platform sneakers college street style trend

Zoe’s shoes are absolutely killer. Even Lady Gaga would be jealous! They have a retro vibe but still look contemporary. Zoe also added the gems on the bottom, which takes these platform sneakers to a whole new level style-wise.

5. Circular Glasses & Headband

Circle glasses and headband at risd

Can we talk about Zoe’s glasses for a minute? They are insane, in a great way. If Harry Potter and John Lennon were to collaborate together on an accessory, these glasses would be the outcome.

Also, Zoe’s headbands are downright fun. Googly eyes, pom-poms, and flowers are reminiscent of childhood whimsy. What makes Zoe’s fashion sense so fantastic is her ability to let go of society’s preconceptions of what we should wear; she wears what she wants and doesn’t apologize for it. That is a trait we should all admire.

Now we want to know your thoughts?

Do you love Zoe’s bold headbands? Which of her pieces is your favorite: the killer shoes, the funky glasses, the bold lipstick, or her menswear jacket? Does your personal style relate to hers? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

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19 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Zoe – Rhode Island School of Design”

  1. 1
    December 4th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I love her for doing what she wants and not caring what other people think. I need more of that attitude when it comes to my fashion/makeup ideas

  2. 2
    December 4th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Her outfit is awesome, and she ha great fashion advice. I’m not a fan of the teal lipstick, but I’ve honestly never seen it look good on anyone in my opinion.

  3. 3
    December 4th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Very cool!

  4. 4
    December 4th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Well written article!
    The subject is wild, but I like it.

    “A mix of harry potter and john lennon”? Could someone get any cooler?

  5. 5
    December 4th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Woah! Although her style is very out there, its good to see that she has the confidence to pull that off.

  6. 6
    December 4th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Having followed your previous posts, this one is a whimsical pop-out! This particular one is the horse let out of the barn, the bird out of a cage and the dog off-leash. I love the freedom, color and bold liberation from fashion bondage. It is an invitation to discover and unfold individual uniqueness. In response to your final question of what aspect of her fashion statements is my favorite, I am torn (literally from top to bottom).

    Her headband is my top favorite. Rather than it being a statement of “in-my-face defiance”, I found it to evoke sheer fun and playfulness. Unique, colorful and fresh, her headband gave me a new experience –it took me to a place that headbands have never taken me to before. The goggly eyes elicited a delightful giggle!

    Her shoes and bold polka dot socks-over-tights dazzled my senses, grounding her in playfulness.

    In sum, the article captured Zoe’s self-confidence, creative flare, spontaneous creativity, and provocative spirit.

    Well done, Mariana!

  7. 7
    December 4th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I checked out Zoe’s amazing blog and I love it. The mermaid headband is simply amazing. She pulls everything off perfectly. What a cool girl!

  8. 8
    December 4th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    She is sooo adorable! I like her style.

  9. 9
    December 4th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve bookmarked zoe’s blog. It’s great to see a fashion blogger who really is completely daring and innovative. I agree more people will love your fashion risks than hate on them. I had what I thought was a horrible experience with bright red manic panic dye my senior year in high school. After I finally got it back to close to my natural color everyone kept asking me, “What happened? We all loved your burgundy hair.”

  10. 10
    December 4th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    She went to my high school and I always thought her style was very daring and so cool, but I always knew I couldn’t pull it off. This girl will do amazing things.

  11. 11
    December 4th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    What a great article. I enjoyed reading about someone with such a unique style. Refreshing!

  12. 12
    December 5th, 2013 at 3:02 am

    All thought i don’t like the outfit i am glad that there are people with the confidence to pull off that look!

  13. 13
    December 5th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I love her style!

  14. 14
    December 5th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Would I ever wear all of those things, together? No. But it’s simply not my personal aesthetic. This girl is rocking it! You can tell she’s really confident in who she is. I mean, girl, anyone who can rock blue lipstick is on a sweet level with me! I feel like she should meet Lady GaGa because I swear Gaga would pick up one of her headbands and love it.

    Love how you guys picked up a girl with a strong viewpoint! I love the “average” stylish girl posts, but these ones are nice because it just screams Confidence! Which is the basis of style, anyways.


  15. 15
    December 5th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    When I first saw this I actually said out loud, ‘Is that the girl with the flower?’.

  16. 16
    December 5th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Id wear everything she has on her body, not on her head or feet but everything else…I think it looks niiice

  17. 17
    December 5th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Wow, sooo cool! :D Her style is amazing :D

  18. 18
    December 5th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I admire people who express themselves freely and don’t care what others think. Her outfit isn’t my style but I think she looks awesome!

  19. 19
    December 5th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I love her confidence! I wish I had it. Not my style but she works it flawlessly

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