Street Smart: Balancing Act

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by Caroline Kreul


There I was, walking back from lunch on a Saturday afternoon when I ran into Janelle, a rather stylish student living on my floor. She’s one of those girls I see in my dorm periodically and, whether it’s an oversized sweater or a cute pair of boots, I always find myself wondering where she got some part of her outfit. Luckily, that afternoon was no different. My eyes were immediately drawn to her bold purple pants – a bright contrast from the gloomy day outside!

A freshman from Green Bay, WI, Janelle knows exactly how to dress for the season. She’s particularly fond of earth tones, like those in her printed infinity scarf, but isn’t afraid to play with brighter colors, like the lavender in these pants. The navy blouse serves as the perfect backdrop, allowing the scarf to pop without taking away from her lower half. Finished off with neutral, light brown leather riding boots, Janelle’s ensemble exemplifies that perfect balance between muted and bold that makes one stand out in a sea of otherwise neutral fall outfits.

Here’s the breakdown:

Name: Janelle Maloney

Year: Freshman

Wearing: Navy Blouse – Urban Outfitters; Printed Infinity Scarf – Younkers; Purple Pants – Pitaya, Brown Boots – Madden Girl

Personal Style: “I would say my personal style is very boho chic. I love all those earthy colors, but I also love to add color into my outfits!”

Inspiration/Icons: “A lot of my inspiration comes from Pinterest and magazines like Seventeen and Teen Vogue. I especially love Lauren Conrad’s style and always love all of the Kardashians’ outfits.”

Favorite Places to Shop: Forever 21, TJ Maxx, Urban Outfitters, Francesca’s

Favorite Piece in Her Closet: “My favorite piece in my closet right now is this overside color block sweater that I bought at Pitaya. It’s so warm and cute!”

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