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Looks on Campus: Bani – Meredith College


I’ve learned to never be too quick to dismiss a trend –- I always end up eating my words. This is exactly how I was with wedge sneakers. When they first popped up on the blogosphere, I stood on my metaphorical soap box, preaching about how silly I thought they were. Now, not only do I own a pair, but I’ve got my eyes out for another to snatch up.

Wedge sneakers haven’t exactly taken my campus by storm yet, so Bani’s sleek black ones stood out to me. I’ve had classes with Bani before, and she has definitely mastered the art of “less-is-more” style for school, which I would venture to guess was a direct result of her time spent studying abroad in Paris. Meet Bani and check out her effortless style!

Bani 101

Meredith College street style

Name: Bani

School: Meredith College

Year: Senior

Major: Fashion Merchandising

Minor: Marketing

Hometown: Chandigarh, India

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “I love Olivia Palermo’s style, and I’m also inspired by bloggers and street style.”

Where do you like to shop? “I really like to shop all over, but my heaven on Earth is Zara! I also love collecting things like jewelry from flea markets and my travels. I’m not into shopping a lot at malls because I don’t like having what everyone else has.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I don’t really think I have one – I used to dress ‘cutesy’, but that changed after I studied abroad in Paris. I guess I would call it ‘edgy minimalist’.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “When I go to class, I want to be comfy without looking like a slob, but I don’t want to be overly done-up either. I think this outfit does that, and the pieces work easily together.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Be more individual, don’t just follow trends – that bothers me. It’s much better to take risks. Do whatever you want! Also, don’t wear Uggs and shorts… it’s just not logical!”

What are your favorite trends right now? “Being a fashion major, I know about trends, but I don’t always follow them. I do want to try leather leggings and other leather accents, though. I also like mixing metals and dainty jewelry.”

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? “I interned with Rick Owens when I was in Paris, and I love how his stuff looks crazy on the runway but is made up of simple unique pieces. I also love Prabal Gurung – I went to high school with his niece! Dries van Noten is another one of my favorites.”

What do you do for fun – do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I watch a lot of fashion shows and read blogs – I tell myself it’s educational! I also love to read magazines and watch excessive amounts of TV.”

Confession time. Have you ever committed a fashion faux pas? “I wore uniforms for school, and the skirts were always really hiked up! I also wear combinations of white, brown, and black. Sometimes when I’m in my apartment – never in public – I wear flip flops and socks… my friends tease me, but it’s so comfy!”

Elements of Bani’s Outfit

1. Wedge Sneakers

College Fashion trend - Sneaker wedges

All the comfort of a sneaker with the fun of a wedge! Sometimes I feel self-conscious wearing anything other than a casual flat around campus, but I love having a little bit of height. Wedge sneakers are a good way to get around this issue – since they combine both height and comfort in the profile of a sneaker.

2. Jewelry with a Story

College street style - jewelry with a story

Bani likes to pick up dainty pieces whenever she travels, which gives her style a personal touch and makes for a great conversation starter. I love that fashion not only reflects your personality but your life experiences, as well!

What do you think?

What do you think of Bani’s outfit? Are there any trends that have grown on you? How do you like to balance style and comfort? Study abroad alum – was your style influenced by your travels? Comment and let us know!

Posted on on April 17, 2013 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , ,

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15 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Bani – Meredith College”

  1. 1
    April 17th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Cute (especially her jewelry), but it doesn’t seem exceptional as far as outfits go. It’s very cute for class but terribly well-suited for Looks on Campus.

  2. 2
    April 17th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    typo on MEDALS. it should be METALS. fashion major or not. we should all be better at spelling.

  3. 3
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I love the mix of sleek and trendy with the blazer and the wedge sneakers.

  4. 4
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Good catch, Megan! It’s fixed now.

  5. 5
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Her shoes are cute and unique, but the rest of her outfit is too plain for me.

  6. 6
    April 17th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    It seems that most CF readers are into seeing really exciting outfits featured in looks on campus, but I think it would do us well to appreciate the “less is more look”. It’s more realistic not only of college students, but people in general who are out and about on errands. If one managed to look put together, on top of having a million other things to do, I’d say that’s a recognizable feat.

  7. 7
    April 17th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I agree, I often eat my words when it comes to trends. But the wedge sneaker is just one that I cannot get on board with–and don’t want to either! The wedge just doesn’t look like a wedge to me. More like a hoof. And sneakers should be functional! So I guess what I’m saying is, if I want cute sneakers I’ll be choosing colour over height :) I do like the rest of her outfit though, laid back and comfy but put together. Nice!

  8. 8
    April 17th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I love this look! It’s very minimalist but it plays with textures and proportions – not to mention the personal jewelry.

    People seem to think that Looks on Campus always needs to showcase bright, trendy outfits, but I think this look is spot-on. It’s practical but with understated beauty – and above all, very class-appropriate.

    Bravo to Katy and Bani for making this one happen!

  9. 9
    April 17th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Minus the shoes (I’m not into wedge sneakers), I really like her outfit. I agree, less IS more!

  10. 10
    April 17th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    i can agree that sometimes less is more, but if i wanted to see this kind of look, i would just look on my campus. i look at looks on campus to see things that i’m not expecting, that are cute, and something i could also draw inspiration for or emulate.

  11. 11
    April 17th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I like wedge sneakers without the wedge, lol- but if I just say ‘sneakers’, people assume I mean converse (rather than the style Bani is wearing). In actual fact, I quite like everything else about the way the sneakers look (the ‘puffy’ tab, the velcro fastening etc).

    ..maybe I should just buy a pair of men’s sneakers for the same look, but with none of the discomfort of a wedge lol? =P

  12. 12
    April 17th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I agree with Ali about the “less is more” thing. Her jewelry completes the whole ensemble.

  13. 13
    April 18th, 2013 at 3:47 am

    There is nothing interesting about this outfit. I can walk outside and see 10 other girls dressed exactly like this.

  14. 14
    April 18th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Bani and I have the same major! Super cool!!

  15. 15
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Less can be more, but this outfit is bland and not unique at all (besides the sneaker wedge things which are awful). Not every campus look has to be bold but they should be different and interesting enough to stand out from the average college student…and this doesn’t really. I don’t mean to be overly harsh though. She is very pretty and her outfit looks great on her. I’m just not sure why this was chosen as a good look on campus.

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