Please meet Gina.
She is a layering expert, and an amazing example of Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s style. I sort of worship her cunning ability to put together this ensemble so seamlessly and maintain an effortless presence on campus — all without breaking the budget. As a college student entering my junior year, I’ve learned the importance of keeping a tight budget without losing your passion for fashion or individual aesthetic.
Living in New York City is expensive enough, but a lot of the fashionistas (and fashionistos) on the FCLC campus have found great ways (sample sales, second hand stores, and, as Gina’s done, digging through our grandparents’ closets) to keep on looking chic without spending a fortune.
I’ve seen a plethora of new trends over the past few years in college, but often a lack of sense to wear them properly.
Neon, for example, has ceased to quit on the streets of NY and on campus, yet few have mastered the skill or know-how to not over-do it. Gina, on the other hand, is a perfect example of how neon can be used to compliment, rather than distract from, an outfit.
She’s also successfully layered four times over without looking frumpy or loosing her shape entirely. The alphabet print chiffon blouse keeps the bottom layer light, serving as a good base, and by buttoning her second layer (an awesome vintage floral print blazer) she’s maintained her waistline that could easily have disappeared under layers three and four. I also can’t help but love her bold beauty choice to go grey, and use of a simple canvas tote as her school bag.
It’s a hard balance to achieve with a culmination of busier pieces on top, but by simplifying her accessories and rocking a classic blue jean, Gina’s managed to simultaneously be on trend without being overwhelming.
But the real reason she exemplifies Fordham fashion as its best?
Her outfit gives her the options that every NYC student needs: the capability of losing a few layers if the weather warms up (or keeping them on to combat our school’s freezing air-conditioned building), a balance between classic and contemporary and a youthful take on business-casual. Lastly, Gina’s smart choice of a pale pink perforated flat keeps her comfortable and stylish during the day, ready for anything that might come her way.
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