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Campus Couture: Sweet and Simple Sarah


sarah.jpgThere are some people who always come to school looking like they just picked up whatever piece of clothing was in their line of sight, that may or may not be clean (determined by the ever scientific “Sniff Test”). Then there are others who are always dressed so fashionably that you wonder if they live in a clothing store. Or how freaking early they wake up to pull an entire outfit together before making the trek to class.

While everyone is fabulous in their own right, we thought we should celebrate the campus fashionistas of the world for their continued excellence in not looking like a hot mess for class. So, we started stalking those girls on campus to get a few pics and get some tips on their personal style. And maybe a restraining order or two. But it’s worth it to highlight fresh, unique wardrobe choices that show personality and the courage to wear what you believe in.

Enter Sarah.

Even though she isn’t in college anymore, Sarah still exudes the typical college girl enthusiasm for new clothes and the word “sale.” When I approached her and begged to take a picture of her look, she agreed… but only if I took a picture of the back of her skirt. She wanted to show off the best parts of her look: the pretty metallic details and ruffles next to the rich color of her scarf.  She’s also got this very Nicole Richie, I-didn’t-try-too-hard twisted pin-up braid going on that’s super cute and complements the entire look perfectly.

As a recent college grad, Sarah is always busy running to and from interviews and meetings. She doesn’t have a lot of time to spend on makeup and hair, which she doesn’t mind. Her style philosophy: a cute outfit to match her bag and long, flirty eyelashes. Sweet and simple. I love it.

Name: Sarah F.
Year: 2008 alumnus
Major: Public Policy
Sarah in 3 words: girly, bohemian, au naturale

1) Describe your personal style.
Simple is always better. Too many girls nowadays are getting plastic surgery and putting on heavy makeup when they’re only 10 years old! I don’t really try to stand out; I just pick something cute to wear, grab my favorite bag and heels, put on some mascara and sunscreen, and head out the door.

2) You can’t leave the house without your ____.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. It makes my lashes look amazingly long and thick, and my eyes don’t look so tired afterwards.

3) Name your favorite place to shop.
Forever 21! Cheap is a must for a recent college graduate.

4) What/who is the biggest influence on your style?
I really like Natalie Portman; she always looks flawless in her complexion and dress but doesn’t seem like she spends an unnecessary amount of time on looking good. She’s a great role model too; she took an acting hiatus to go to Harvard! And for psychology, too, like me.

5) What’s your favorite trend, past or present?

I love scarves, I have an entire box full of them! You can wear them in so many ways, and they make your outfit your own unique creation. Sometimes I even tie them on my bag to add another little flair to my outfit.

I am currently a sophomore at Duke University (AKA the best college ever!) and I can seriously say that I'm livin' the American Dream. I've lived in the States all my life until 10th grade, at which point job transfers led us to move to Shanghai, China. So I guess I'm a Chinese-American, a twinkie, a banana, and an ABC. Sah-weet! There are so many things out there that I love (besides Duke basketball, obvi) including juicy celebrity gossip, yummy new recipes, the latest new trends, fitness tips, or just some DANK STUFF (yes, I used the word dank). I'm undeclared right now, but I'm leaning towards a psychology & public policy double major, and a certificate in journalism. My dream is to become a broadcast journalist, and maybe someday become a sort of "Asian Oprah.". I would love to work in the international field of journalism so I can combine my Chinese and American heritages together into one melting pot of awesomeness. Oh, that reminds me. If you're ever in North Carolina, I'd be happy to give you a tour of our lovely campus. And if you're ever in Shanghai for the Summer or Winter breaks, let me know and I will show you what it's like living in the best city in the world.