Street Smart: Collaborative Style

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by Paige Schultz, Fashion Writer

Name: Chrissy Wiegand

Year: Junior

Major(s): Communication Arts and Journalism

Wearing: Floral Cardigan – Lulu’s; Black Chiffon Shorts – Pitaya; Black Leather Boots – Urban Outfitters; Backpack – Urban Outfitters

Inspiration/Icons: “I follow the blog Refinery29.

Personal Style: “I like more vintage stuff usually, but I like to mix it up a little bit and get inspiration from a lot of different places. I live with four other girls, so we like to mix and match what we have to put together new things.”

Favorite Shopping Venues: “I like Urban (Outfitters) a lot. It’s just kind of an easy, on-and-off place to go since it’s on State Street. I also like to do a lot of online shopping and just try to find different stuff that not everyone has.”

Spotted: Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 11:50 AM in Room 4070 of Vilas Hall

“How would you describe your personal style?” For many of us the answer to this question is simple, as our individual style is an expression of who we are as a person. It gives us that certain unique edge that helps differentiates us from everyone else in the world. It’s what makes you stand out. However, we often tend to forget that our fashion senses are not merely a reflection of us, but also of our interactions, our experiences and the different aspects that make up our lives. Chrissy reminded me of that.

I decided to stop Chrissy on her way out of our communication arts lecture, as I was drawn to her slightly edgy, vintage style. The contrast of her delicate floral cardigan and black chiffon shorts with her worn-in leather boots immediately gave me the impression that she was an Urban (as in Urban Outfitters) kind of girl. Yet to my surprise, when I asked her about her personal style, Chrissy immediately mentioned her roommates and how they “mix and match” pieces from each of their closets to put together new ensembles. So while Chrissy’s individual style may be vintage-inspired, it is also influenced by the personal styles of her closest friends. By recognizing such influence, we are all reminded that even though what we wear mostly showcases us as individuals, who we are is also a compilation of others who have inspired us over time.

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