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Exploring Fashion & Confidence at Different Universities

By Molly Stefl, Writer

Often, college is the perfect time for people to explore new fashion trends and experiment with their style. Whether they found their style long ago, just discovered it, or are still figuring it out, the college students’ fashion choices are often very diverse and fashion-forward. These selected students shared their sense of style, inspiration and some of their favorite outfits.

Name: Emme Bowe
School: Ohio University in Ohio
Major: Journalism Strategic Communications

Q: How would you define your style?
A: Soft, Y2K and sometimes ‘70s inspired. 

Q: Where do you draw your fashion inspiration from?
A: Emma Chamberlain, Maddie Ziegler and Pinterest boards.

Q: What types of clothing or stylistic choices make you feel the most confident? 
A: Nothing makes me feel more confident than accessories.

Q: What are your favorite colors to wear?
A: Pastels and neutral tones.

Q: What is your favorite season to dress for?
A: Fall and spring. 


Name: Cole Nickolls
School: Flagler College in Florida
Major: Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies

Q: How would you define your style?
A: My style would be described as clean, casual and up-to-date on the latest trends.

Q: Where do you draw your fashion inspiration from?
A: I draw inspiration from both high-class brands and casual brands.

Q: What types of clothing or stylistic choices make you feel the most confident?
A: More tight-fitting clothing makes me feel confident in my body. 

Q: What are your favorite colors to wear?
A: Blue and pastels.

Q: What is your favorite season to dress for?
A: Fall.


Name: Lola Valton
School: Sorbonne Universitè in Paris, France
Major: English

Q: How would you define your style?
A: I don’t think I can say I have a particular style. I just go with the flow!

Q: Where do you draw your fashion inspiration from?
A: I usually check out both the girls and boys that I find well dressed. Whenever I see someone’s outfit I like, I try to recreate it!

Q: What types of clothing or stylistic choices make you feel the most confident?
A: I feel confident when I feel like my clothes fit my body type well. 

Q: What are your favorite colors to wear?
A: Black, white and grey. I love dark jeans and almost exclusively wear white shoes.

Q: What is your favorite season to dress for?
A: Summer. 


Name: David Smith
School: Kent State University in Ohio
Major: Fashion Merchandising 

Q: How would you define your style?
A: I am not sure if I could define my style because it is always evolving. Currently, I would say it is European high-fashion influenced. 

Q: Where do you draw your fashion inspiration from?
A: I draw inspiration mostly from movies but also from social media and people I see on the street. 

Q: What types of clothing or stylistic choices make you feel the most confident?
A: I feel the most confident when I am wearing a nice button-down with pants and derby shoes. 

Q: What are your favorite colors to wear?
A: Black and blue.

Q: What is your favorite season to dress for?
A: Fall. 


Name: Madeline Bennett
School: Auburn University in Alabama
Major: Professional Flight

Q: How would you define your style?
A: I would describe my style as trendy and feminine.

Q: Where do you draw fashion inspiration from?
A: A lot of my style inspiration comes from New York, London and Paris girls on Instagram along with @weworewhat and @emitaz. 

Q: What types of clothing or stylistic choices make you feel the most confident?
A: My favorite outfits consist of one cool, eye-catching piece. I am also a sucker for a unique pair of shoes!

Q: What are your favorite colors to wear?
A: I love to throw in pops of color into my outfits! I also love a printed piece.

Q: What is your favorite season to dress for?
A: Winter.


Name: Drew Shaffer
School: Rider University in New Jersey
Major: BFA Musical Theatre 

Q: How would you define your style?
A: I would define my style as being very downtown, polished and gender-fluid.

Q: Where do you draw your fashion inspiration from?
A: I draw inspiration from models on Instagram, both male and female. I am also very inspired by city fashion in the 90s and the club/ball scene in the 80s and 90s. 

Q: What types of clothing or stylistic choices make you feel the most confident?
A: I feel the most confident when I am wearing clothing that shows off my figure and my long legs. Also, I love a heel!

Q: What are your favorite colors to wear?
A: I love anything black or anything with a fun print. 

Q: What is your favorite season to dress for?
A: Fall. 

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