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This WVU Student Shows Us Why She is the Queen of Accessorizing

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This West Virginia University student is the perfect example of welcoming the warm spring weather with your ensemble. I saw Molly's eye-catching springtime look between classes on the Evansdale campus. 

You will fall in love with her outfit like I did. From her statement necklace to her Kate Spade handbag to the absolute cutest bejeweled shoes I have ever seen, each piece of Molly's look shines.

This West Virginia University student wears a basic white linen button-down shirt tucked into a pair of basic dark skinny jeans with distressed knees. She sports them with flat jeweled mules from Target and a green Kate Spade over-the-shoulder purse. She finishes off her look with a statement gold necklace full of red, baby blue, and navy blue jewels.

Molly 101

Name: Molly

School: West Virginia University

Major: Strategic Communications, Advertising

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Sterling, VA

Let's Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? "I always keep my eye [on people's clothes] when walking around campus, so I honestly draw inspiration from other fashionable people I see. If I know I have the same pieces at home, I’ll try out the outfit too. I also live on Pinterest, so I get inspired from my clothing board."

Where do you like to shop? "All of my pants and jeans are from Gap and everything else is from J. Crew, H&M, and Target. I live for the good deals."

How would you describe your sense of style? "When I have a full day of classes, I need to dress practical[ly] and wear my New Balances, so the athleisure trend has been taking over my life lately. When I’m going out for coffee or lunch though, I’d say my style can kind of be a mix of edgy and preppy."

Why did you choose this particular outfit? "I chose this outfit because it’s casual enough to wear walking around campus while also making a statement with my necklace and shoes. Since we keep having random warm days, I love creating outfits where I don’t have to have a coat; this button-up shirt is perfect for that."

What fashion advice would you give to students wanting to improve their style? "Add statement pieces! Bold accessories will automatically take your outfit to the next level. It’s easy to just add a neck scarf, put on tassel earrings, or find a pair of wild shoes to wear. A solid capsule wardrobe leaves room for fun details."

What are your favorite trends right now? "I don’t know if I would consider denim jackets a trend - as they’ve been around forever and will be here into eternity - but I’ve been seeing them more and more lately and I love it. I throw my jacket on with all of my outfits and I instantly feel put-together and cool. I like seeing people put personalized pins and patches on theirs. I might have to try that."

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? "Kate Spade is definitely one of my favorite designers because her products are so playful but sophisticated. Her stores are colorful and full of mirrors, picture frames, and chairs, so her whole brand image is really coherent and fun. I love my emerald green purse because it adds a unique pop of color to any outfit, but I also have a grey purse that matches everything."

What do you do for fun - do you have any unique hobbies or interests? "In my free time, I really like writing out quotes and painting watercolor around them. I’m definitely not an artist, but it’s fun and relaxing to just create stuff."

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? "I would love to share clothes with Natalia Dyer because her dresses are so detailed and gorgeous, but she also wears comfy sweaters and cardigans. Her whole style is just so edgy and cool."

Elements of Molly’s Outfit

1, White Linen Button-Down

Molly's white linen button down is a great basic staple. She pairs it with a dramatic gold necklace full of navy, baby blue, and maroon jewels.

Molly’s white linen button-down shirt is the perfect basic to have in your closet for that cool to warm weather transition. It is a classic style that can either be dressed up or down depending how you incorporate it into an ensemble. I love how she decided to tuck it into her ripped jeans. 

Are you dying to get your hands on this must need basic? You can head over to Gap - that’s what I did! 

2. Statement Necklace

Jeweled statement necklace in blue, magenta, turquoise and clear on campus at WVU

Molly’s statement necklace from Target is the key staple in her outfit. This shimmery multi-colored necklace ties her whole ensemble together from head to toe! I like that it breaks up the color of the pure white button-down shirt. 

3. Gold and Silver Rings

This West Virginia University student wears mixed metal jewelry; a simple silver botanical band, a mandala, and a simple gold hand-me-down with tiny emeralds.

Here we have another fashionista who is obsessed with rings! I love how she mixed her silver and gold pieces; that’s a trend that has been pretty strong in recent years. Are you wanting to stand out with your accessories and don’t know where to start? Here’s a tip: take two or more rings and incorporate them as must-haves for your everyday outfit; you’ll build a habit of wanting to wear more accessories!

4. Kate Spade Bag

This emerald crossbody small Kate Spade purse adds a pop of color to this WVU fashionista's simple style.

I am loving the color of Molly's over-the-shoulder Kate Spade purse! Molly said her daily routine with purses switches between over-the-shoulder and tote bags. Her purse really brings out the emerald ring she got from her Mom. 

5. Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans on campus at WVU

Take note of Molly’s ripped jeans. They are conservatively ripped, allowing Molly to be able to wear them and still achieve a relatively dressed-up look. Owning a variety of ripped jeans can give you options for creating a look for every occasion while showing a little skin in the springtime weather. Molly got her jeans at Gap!

6. Flat Pointed Toe Mules

These gold and pink patterned flat mules from Target are adorned with pearls.

Finally, we have Molly’s showstopper shoes! Her flat pointed toe mules are an instant staple and conversation piece. Embellished with clear gems and pearls, the shoes offer an eclectic vibe while transforming any outfit from plain to put-together. 

Where did Molly find these one-of-kind closet must haves? The clearance aisle of Target, a true win for any bargain fashionista! 

What do you think of Molly's standout look?

Would you wear her adorable footwear? Do you have a white linen basic shirt? Comment below and share your thoughts with us!

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