Attending a small school allows everyone to know, well, everyone. At times it can even feel like high school all over again. Having classes with familiar faces, bumping into friends in the hallways and sharing fashion ideas and trends. In high school there were rules and regulations on what was acceptable for class. Some students pulled out plaid uniform skirts every day while a few others had more variety but still abided by rules from administration. Although Misericordia University is in the barely known area of Dallas, Pa., fashion is on the minds of many without a laundry list of rules. These students make their own.
While some students embrace the idea of rolling out of bed and throwing on a hoodie and yoga pants before rushing off to their 8 a.m., others enjoy adding a little glitz and glam for class. Nothing too over the top because Misericordia isn’t exactly in a budding city, but just enough to feel put together and fashion forward. Expect to see comfort embraced in most Fashionistas, like this communications major who balances school work and music as she fronts a local band, 1 Hot Mess. So many students on Misericordia’s campus balance schoolwork and activities outside of class that they need to dress according to their busy schedules. With hustle and bustle in the minds of most college students, comfort and versatility are always the most important factors when planning an outfit.
Bring in the leggings, a piece that might be labeled ‘excessively tight’ in high schools is the number-one piece for Fashionistas in college settings.
It’s easy to count handfuls of Fashionistas in leggings when trend-spotting around the Dallas campus, but each is styled in her own way because in college, there are no rules. Paired with oversized sweaters or flannels, infinity scarves and parkas, there are endless opportunities for Fashionistas when leggings are the go-to piece.
This cover-band singer opted for a flannel and scarf for a chilly walk to class. Flannels or button-ups from Gap, Urban Outfitters or Forever 21 offer comfort and are a necessity if leggings are present. Others go for patterned cardigans like the Fair Isle style from Old Navy. And now, with the temperature dropping, flats are going to be traded for riding boots, like the ones this Fashionista rocks. Styles by Steve Madden and Vince Camuto are popular buys.
These pieces are the key items found in most closets of Misericordia students, now able to branch out of those high school wardrobes and create a new look for themselves. Although they are confined to a small school in a small town, they have endless options when it comes to a comfortable look for class. They now have the ability to make their own rules and create their own looks, whatever that may include. Style on, small-town Fashionistas.
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