Looks on Campus: Domonique - University of Maryland, College Park

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Readers hailing from the upper Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the country can recall the bitterly cold weather conditions from the past month. At UMCP, the temperature had dipped to a cruel and unusual 20°F when I found Domonique.

It's already easy to get stuck in a sartorial rut with the upredictable weather conditions. However, there's something to be said about an outfit that succeeds in looking effortlessly put-together in below-freezing temperatures. Domonique's ensemble is made up of simple pieces, yet nods to several trends while still representing her personal style.

Domonique 101

College student fashion at the University of Maryland College Park

Name: Domonique

College: University of Maryland, College Park

Year: Junior

Major: Community Health, Pre Med

Hobbies: "I run track, and I play the double bass."

Let's Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? "My brother. He's 25, he lives in NYC, and I swear he has the best style in the world."

Where do you like to shop? "I hate malls, that's one thing. But I love thrift stores, even if it's just Value Village or a consignment store."

How would you describe your sense of style? "I know there's a masculine point; I love structured pieces, and love a nice collar. But I try to feminize it - if I'm wearing a menswear blazer, I make sure my bottoms are tight."

Why did you choose this particular outfit? "I really got dressed in 15 minutes because I thought there was no school! I like wearing black, I don't like bright colors too much; greys, dark greens, stuff like that. I love infinity scarves, just throwing one on."

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? "Make yourself stand out. We're at a school with 40,000 students [so it's too easy to blend in]."

What are your favorite trends right now? "Color blocking, I love the color blocking trend. I also like those different color lipsticks; I went to Miami and rocked purple [lips] all weekend."

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? "Most of my classic pieces are all Michael Kors, but I also love Diane Von Fürstenberg. Her dresses are beautiful. Also Marc Jacobs, he's amazing."

If you could raid anyone's closet, whose would it be and why? "Carrie Bradshaw! I watch SATC reruns just for clothes."

Elements of Domonique's Outfit

1. Layers, Layers, Layers

College street style trend: layering

Domonique's layers are what really drew me to her outfit. They're simple, yet they work: the colors go, the knits upon knits create a 'cozy-yet-chic' vibe, and the leopard lining of her coat peeks out, which adds a nice and luxe touch. Underneath it all is a simple worn graphic tee (still trending on campus!) that bears sentimental value, given to her by her sartorially-gifted brother.

 2. Black Boots

College trend at the University of Maryland College Park - black riding boots

It's hard to go wrong with a classic black pair of Frye-esque motorcycle boots. Domonique bought these boots at Aldo five years ago, and actually purchased them from her brother (at a discount, of course), who happened to be working there at the time.

3. Chic Shoulder Bag

College fashion essential: Shoulder bag

This was the deal-clincher for me; a black leather bag is a good old standby, and this Badgley Mischka shoulder bag really amps up Domonique's outfit, making it look sophisticated and put-together. This bag is a super stylish alternative to the old standby Longchamp tote we see everywhere on campus. If you, like most girls, don't have the budget for a designer bag, seek out a black leather bag with unique details to stand out from the crowd while looking chic.

What do you think?

How do you like Domonique's outfit? What are your go-to pieces when you're rushed for time? Do you share clothing with your family members/wear hand-me-downs? Let us know in the comments below!

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