Street Smart: Conquering Cold

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by Caroline Kreul

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As excited as we all are for this spring’s more skin-bearing looks, the truth is that we here at UW are still stuck dealing with days of snow and negative wind-chills. This sad reality has left many of us resigned to the go-to comfort of leggings and baggy sweaters in these seemingly perpetual winter days. But some brave fashionistas have stayed strong. Spotted at the first Retail Student Association meeting of the semester, Marissa has managed to combat the winter cold while still looking sleek and polished.

As a Retail major, Marissa is no stranger to the fashion world. While she’s willing to splurge on key pieces at more high-end stores like Nordstrom, she tends to buy trendier pieces at stores like Forever 21 or Express. She also knows how to work these latest trends. Take this vest from The Limited: her basic black top provides the perfect backdrop for the luxe faux-fur piece. Paired with a just a touch of sparkle in her jeweled bracelet and a vibrant red lip, this simple yet sophisticated look is reminiscent of her style icon Blake Lively’s elegant ease.

I think we can all take something away from this cold-weather ensemble. By turning to a standout piece, like this vest, rather than a winter basic, Marissa shows off her personal style while still conquering the cold.

Here’s the breakdown:

Name: Marissa Letko

Year: Junior

Major: Retail, with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Wearing: Black Top – H&M; Faux-Fur Vest – The Limited; Jeggings – Silver Jeans, Riding Boots – Madden Girl; Tote – Louis Vuitton

Inspiration/Icons: “I get inspiration from my moods and the latest trends. If I see a style I like I will modify to fit my personal taste and body style.”

Style Icon: “I think my biggest style icon is Blake Lively.”

Favorite Places to Shop: “I love to shop where I can get a bargain! I have my guilty pleasure stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom where I’ll spend more on an item, but I usually do my fashion forward pieces at Forever 21, Express, Maurice’s, Charlotte Russe etc. I don’t like to spend a ton on a piece if it may only be in style for a season.”

Excitement for Spring: “I’m dying to wear my coral blazer! I can’t wait for spring colors like coral and teal.”

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