It's the eternal struggle of a college student who loves fashion: How can you look polished without spending a ton of your hard-earned cash? Nicole demonstrates just how easy it is to look great on a budget. The pieces in her trendy outfit come from fashionable, yet affordable brands, and she's full of great style advice.
School: Jefferson University
Major: Fashion Merchandising and Management
Hometown: Metuchen, NJ
Let’s Talk Fashion
Who or what inspires your style? “Definitely Rihanna and Michael Kors, as well as general fashion posts on Instagram. I’m also inspired by [the company] I’m working for at the moment, so Lucky Brand has inspired me to be more casual.”
How would you describe your sense of style? “Trendy, yet classic and polished. Kind of New York fashion but with a bit of color to it.”
Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I’m starting to really like the denim-on-denim look. I try to have one statement piece per outfit, and my outfit also depends on what kind of makeup look I am going for that day.”
What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Wear whatever you feel like wearing whether it’s on-trend or not. If you’re confident, you’re going to look good.”
What are your favorite trends right now? “Obviously denim. [Also, I'm] still living for those chokers, bell sleeves, off-the-shoulder tops, and bodysuits.”
Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? “Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Elie Saab, [and] Carolina Herrera. Usually their designs are something I would wear and they are adventurous, yet refined. I like the Michael Kors Spring/Summer  Resort collection; it includes tropical prints you could wear to the office.”
What do you do for fun - do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I like to watch Netflix, go shopping, paint my nails, and just pamper myself.”
If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “Chrissy Teigen because what she wears is stuff I would wear. It would be a nice transition into closet-raiding.”
Elements of Nicole’s Outfit
1. Bodysuit + Denim Jacket
This metallic bodysuit from Charlotte Russe is Nicole's statement piece of the day. It can be dressed up with heels and a skirt or dressed down with jeans, as Nicole does here. The matching fabric choker element is a super trendy extra. Nicole tones down her day-to-night look with a cool girl denim jacket.
Skinny jeans are a staple that go great with pretty much everything. The distressing on this particular pair keeps the outfit more on the casual side.
3. Peep-Toe Heels
Chunky peep-toe heels are a good choice for spring and summer since they are open toed and breathable. Additionally, the wider heel provides more support than a skinnier heel would. This killer pair of shoes really pulls Nicole's look together.
What do you think of Nicole's look?
Do you love her metallic bodysuit and rockstar footwear? Would you wear this outfit to class? Comment below!