Campus Couture: Brooklyn, Drake University

[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 (like Brittany from Northwestern) 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. You think you’ve got some major style? Know someone else who’s always looking ferosh? Think the world needs to see what she can do? Send us an email with some photos and she could be the next fashionista celebrated right here.]

At a school where most girls’ wardrobes are dominated by T-shirts and going-out tops, I always find it refreshing to spot a girl who takes her style seriously. So after seeing Brooklyn roaming around campus on multiple occasions, I just had to stop her. She has the uncanny ability to look effortlessly cool in every situation. Whether she’s heading to class or dressing up for a formal event, she manages to achieve that difficult balance of looking polished but still 100 percent original.

Brooklyn is great at pulling together pieces that fit together without being overly matchy. Her style is all her own, a mix of timeless pieces and funky accessories. It’s a look that’s often imitated but never quite duplicated–because the thing about effortless style is that trying to pull it off just doesn’t work. It has to come naturally. And for Brooklyn, it just does.

Name: Brooklyn
Year: Senior
Major: Magazines

1. Describe your personal style.
I’m really drawn to clothes that look vintage, with a unique cut or embroidery. My personal style isn’t over-the-top, but I like to have fun with details that reflect different eras.

2. Complete this sentence: You can’t leave your house without….
My messenger bag I ordered from an artist on Etsy.com. That thing is with me through class, work, and everything in between.

3. What are your favorite stores to shop at?
My favorite thing is to find an incredibly marked-down item at Anthropologie and then mix it with clothes from Target or somewhere else I can actually afford.

4. What/who is the biggest influence on your style?
Traveling and seeing how women from different cultures dress and the way they carry themselves is always inspiring to me. And it’s refreshing.

5. What’s your favorite trend, past or present?
I love jackets, so I play around with different popular styles. But my favorites sometimes get a spot in my closet for years.

On Brooklyn:
Dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Macy’s

Beaded bracelet: Gap
Flower bracelet: a store in Siena, Italy

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