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Spring 2018

Meet the Trendsetters: Class of 2018 Edition

This weekend, four of our lovely Trendsetters graduated from the University of Montana. So, in this special edition of Meet the Trendsetters–we’d like to introduce you to our newest batch of Trendsetter Alumni–and take a stroll down memory lane with photos from old shoots and the old questions from their “Meet the Trendsetters” posts!

Thea

Thea in a baseball hat, black tee and athletic pants sitting

Photograph by Jazzer-Rae Engel (@skeletonxsmiles) from the 2017 Trendsetters Athleisure Shoot.

Name: Thea Levinson

Major/Minor Degree: Marketing with a certificate in Digital Marketing and a minor in Media Arts

Hometown: Delta Junction, Alaska

How would you describe your personal style?

Half super-practical-Alaska-girl, half minimalistic. I have recently started on a mission to convert my wardrobe to consisting of only 5 colors.

Who are your style inspirations?

My only real style inspiration have been Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games) and Macklemore. I also have recently been drawing inspiration from the styles I noticed during my semester in England.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

Probably winter. Layers are an essential part of who I am. I always dress for a sudden change in weather no matter the season!

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

Jackets!

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I spent my entire summer watching and being inspired by Michelle and Aline’s vlogs. That lead me to put more thought into what I wanted my own wardrobe to look like and what clothes I felt happy wearing.

Where can we typically find you?

In the business building, at home with my two best friends/roommates, or dancing the night away downtown.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to successfully run my own air taxi business in Alaska.

What are a few of your favorite things?

Campfires, my friends, Alaska, my kitty, tea, fishing, the mountains, my mom’s rhubarb cake and traveling.

Thea in winter coat, scarf, jeans and boots leaning against railing

Photograph by Lacey Young (@laceyyoung87) for the Meet the Trendsetters Series.

Thea in athlesiure wear leaning against a concrete post

Photograph by Jazzer-Rae Engel (@skeletonxsmiles) from the 2017 Trendsetters Athleisure Shoot.

Close up of Thea's winter coat and scarf

Photograph by Lacey Young (@laceyyoung87) for the Meet the Trendsetters Series.

Nancy

Former President of Trendsetters at the U

Nancy in a red and black flannel dress, Hunter boots and holding a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch

Photograph by Aleksandra Was (@fotografed_) for the 2017 Trendsetters Fall Shoot.

Name: Nancy Gregor
Major/Minor Degree Business Management and Marketing with a minor in Dance
Hometown: Florence, Montana

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is versatile, comfortable, and unique. My outfits have to be versatile to accommodate all of the different activities I have scheduled every day. I might have to look professional for advising and then take a dance class an hour later. My clothes have to have multiple functions and typically consist of at least a couple of layers. Though I love being stylish and trendy, I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I don’t want to wear anything that isn’t made of soft fabrics in a comfortable and flattering fit. I used to be more into tighter clothes, but lately looser styles are a must for me. I didn’t know how to best describe this, but my personal style is also sorta of unique. What I mean by that is that I like for each of my outfits to have something a little bit different, a little bit edgy about them. I’m always drawn to pieces that everyone isn’t wearing yet. I love pieces with unique details on them. I’m a sucker for jumpsuits, weird pants, patterns, and cute dresses.

Who are your style inspirations?

The two fashion bloggers that I follow on Instagram are Aspyn Ovard (@aspynovard and aspynovard.com) and Caitlin Coving (@cmcoving and southerncurlsandpearls.com). I love Aspyn’s quirky style and unique pieces. Her look is always really fun and simple. Caitlin has more of a classic Southern style that is to die for. She always looks so put together while also creating some really trendy styles. A celebrity whose style I love has always been Blake Lively. Everything she is photographed in looks so different and flattering. Not to mention how many times I’ve tried and failed to recreate her gorgeous beach waves.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

Easy…fall! As much as I love spring and summer, there’s just so much more you can do with your outfit in the fall. I love wearing booties, layers, and comfy sweaters and sweater dresses! It is the comfiest season of all and the colors are awesome too! I can’t wait for the fun fall photoshoots to come.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

If you’ve read any of the blog posts I’ve done since I’ve joined Trendsetters, you’ll know that my number one wardrobe staple is my American Eagle jean jacket that I’ve had since the beginning of high school. Embarrassingly enough, I realized that I’ve worn it in almost every one of my Trendsetters photoshoots. But what can I say, it looks good with everything!

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I wanted to join Trendsetters ever since I started school here at UM. But because of time restraints and whatnot I couldn’t until spring semester last year… and I’m so glad I did! I’m disappointed that I waited this long to join and missed out on it for my first few years of school. I wanted to join because I had been wanting to get into blogging and I was so tempted by the beautiful photos that the Trendsetters always posted. Plus, it’s always good to meet new people with a similar interest!

Where can we typically find you?

This semester is a little crazy, so you really can’t find me in one spot for too long. But basically I’m either working as a student advisor or going to class in the Gallagher business building, taking dance class or rehearsing in the Performing Arts and Radio Television (PARTV) building, working at Olive + Iron, or rehearsing at the Missoula Community Theatre!

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to own my own little successful clothing store! I’ve always wanted to be a small business owner, and working at Olive + Iron has made me want to stay in the world of clothing boutiques.

What are a few of your favorite things?

Right now my favorite things are my Hunter boots, my little backpack and my many jumpsuits. I just got my short matte black Hunter boots recently, after drooling over them for two years. It was perfect timing because as I write this it is pouring outside! You’ll be hard pressed to find me in ANY other shoe this fall (and winter?). Secondly, my little backpack! I purposely didn’t specify which one because I have three that I’m pretty wild about. I started wearing mini backpacks as purses a year or so ago and I may never go back. My current one is light pink from Target and can be seen in our back to school post! I’m trying to stick to “fashion related” favorite things, so my last is my jumpsuits! I have three or four jumpsuits that I absolutely love to wear. They’re so easy and comfortable. Jumpsuits are probably my favorite piece of clothing to wear. Like the black one I’m wearing in this post, from Gap!

Nancy in her Barbie costume being held bridal style by Antonio in Ken costume

Photograph by Aline Dufflocq Williams (@alinedufflocqw) for the 2017 Trendsetters Halloween shoot.

Nancy in a statement necklace, mustard flowy pants, gray tank top and sandals

Photograph by Jazzer-Rae Engel (@skeletonsmiles) for the 2017 Trendsetters Back to School Shoot

Nancy in the tree farm in a red dress, scarf and red lipstick

Photograph by Aleksandra Was (@fotografed_) for the 2017 Trendsetters Holiday Shoot.

Nick

Nick smiling in a gray sweater

Photograph by Michelle Dufflocq Williams (@michelledufflocq) for the Meet the Trendsetters Series.

Name: Nick Ritchie
Major/Minor Degree: Theatre Arts
Hometown: Covina, CA

How would you describe your personal style?

I love me some pineapples! On an average day, you’ll see me wearing jeans and a pineapple or floral button-up shirt. It’s very chic, but so easy and comfy that anyone can pull it off.

Who are your style inspirations?

I love people who have an easily identifiable style. You see their outfit and you can say, oh that’s so them! Locally, I love Nancy Greger’s style so much! She can literally pull off anything, #icon!

What is your favorite season to dress for?

Spring & Summer! I’m from California, so this cold weather thing is really difficult to understand. Am I supposed to wear 4 layers or just pretend like I’m not cold? The world may never know.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

My plethora of pineapple shirts. And some pants and khakis of course, for variety.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

All of my friends with great style were already a part of the club, so I figured why not give it a try? And now, I feel like I’ve developed the vocabulary to build my ideal wardrobe.

Where can we typically find you?
Hanging at PARTV like the rest of your stylish, but overworked theater majors. ✌🏻😘

What is your dream job?

I hope to be able to combine social justice with theater and bring hope to communities that are lacking in it.

What are a few of your favorite things?

I love all forms of art. I love listening to music, especially that of Beyoncé & Mariah Carey (they’re trendsetters!)

Nick laughing in the tree farm in a coat with fur

Photograph by Aleksandra Was (@fotografed_) for the 2017 Trendsetters Holiday Shoot.

Nick with a fur scarf in the tree farm

Photograph by Aleksandra Was (@fotografed_) for the 2017 Trendsetters Holiday Shoot.

Nick laughing in a field in a gray sweater, jeans and red converse

Photograph by Michelle Dufflocq Williams (@michelledufflocq) for the Meet the Trendsetters Series.

Michelle

Former President of Trendsetters at the U

Michelle in an overall dress, white turtleneck, black tights and black Hunter boots

Photograph by Aleksandra Was (@fotografed_) for the 2017 Trendsetters Holiday Shoot.

Name: Michelle Dufflocq Williams
Major/Minor Degree: Marketing + Certificate in Digital Marketing 
Hometown: Puerto Varas, Chile + Missoula, MT 

How would you describe your personal style?

Describing my personal style is always a challenge for me, because my style is consistently evolving. However, recently I feel like I’ve really settled into my style. I mainly try to focus on having fun, and being creative and interesting with what I wear these days, rather than placing sole importance on whether something is flattering or cute (as obnoxious as that sounds!) I would probably describe my style as a fusion between classic, clean, and modern, with a funky, vintage, “rough around the edges” twist. If J.Crew and Urban Outfitters/a super hipster thrift store had a baby, that baby would be my style.

Who are your style inspirations?

I’m a huge YouTube/blogger nerd, so I mainly get my inspiration from fashionistas of the internet. I am constantly scrolling through Instagram, double tapping, and saving looks that inspire me. Some of my biggest style inspirations of the moment are Lucy Williams, Tess Christine, Emma Hill, Alex Centomo, Chelsea Lankford of Truelane, Levi from TLNique, and Anna Newton of The Anna Edit. All of these ladies absolutely smash the style game. Seriously, go check them out on Instagram because you will not be sorry. I love how they balance classic and trendy pieces, and just have that effortlessly chic look that I’m forever trying to achieve.

Recently I’ve also become obsessed with the concept of dressing like a French girl. They are just so COOL, guys. I love how French women never look over the top. They have such a subtle, undone, laid back, cool girl look that I probably will never perfect, but it definitely makes me proud to have a q in my last name.

Also the Scandinavian magic that is the fashions of the Norwegian drama SKAM absolutely slay my life.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

Fall, 100%. I honestly tried to think of a more original answer for a second, but there is no point. For layering purposes, winter is too cold, summer is too hot, and fall hues are just highly superior to spring ones.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

Denim, denim and more denim! I used to be the biggest “anti-pants” girl in the world and you would rarely find me in jeans. Now I cannot get enough. I also could not live without chunky knits, collared shirts, pointed toed booties, and a solid collection of outerwear. The majority of my wardrobe is jackets and coats, no lie.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

Fun fact: I was actually the first real member of Trendsetters at the U! The club was first formed in the fall of my Freshman year at the University of Montana, and when I was approached by Bailey Chauner and Turk Helal during WelcomeFeast on The Oval (trying to get a free hot dog) I was instantly sold. I’ve always loved fashion, and the fact that UM had a student group in which I could express that passion was so amazing to me. I’ve been on board ever since, and can honestly say it has been the best part of my college experience hands down!

Where can we typically find you?

You can find me in the real world: dashing to classes or my internship at the business school, cozied up in bed working on my Instagram feed, taking photos at Olive + Iron, or on my laptop working away at one of Missoula’s many aesthetically pleasing coffee shops.

You can find me in the online world: @michelledufflocq on Instagram, Michelle and Aline on YouTube and my personal blog: Michelle ma Belle.

What is your dream job?

I would absolutely love to work in social media/content/digital marketing for a fashion company or publication in New York City, while still having an online presence and my own personal brand as a YouTuber/blogger. Honestly after binge-watching The Bold Type in the span of two days, I would kill for any of those girls’ jobs. *Insert Stanley Tucci sassily saying “you know a million girls would kill for that job” here*

What are a few of your favorite things?

Breakfast food, Harry Potter, traveling the world, Christmastime, making music, cute coffee shops and the written word.

Michelle in braids with curled pieces framing her face, hat, and glittery stickers on her face

Photograph by McKenna Munden (@mckennamundenphotography) for the 2016 Trendsetters Music Festival Shoot

Michelle and her sister Aline with fall frees all around in fall jackets and beanies

Photograph by McKenna Munden (@mckennamundenphotography) for the 2016 Trendsetters Fall Fashion Shoot.

Michelle in a beige sweater, light wash high waist shorts, black booties and black Kate Spade purse

Photograph by McKenna Munden (@mckennamundenphotography) for the 2015 Trendsetters Sweater Weather Shoot.

 

Spring 2018

A Night on the Town

 

Group shot of everyone laughing and interacting

Whether it’s a play, drinks with friends, a concert or something else, a night out is a fun excuse to dress up. For this shoot, we decided to head over to the Wilma Theater and show you our best “going out” looks. We hope you enjoy!

DinaDina walking in a pencil skirt, pink blazer, pink top and silver clutch

It’s me, Dina, in another post with Trendsetters.

First of all, I just want to say thank you so much for spending your time to reading about this post.

This time, our post is kind of a fancy one with our outfits that we chose for this “Night Out” shoot. Each of us who came to the photo shoot wore some cute and fancy outfits just like we were going to go out to dinner.

Talking about going out to dinner, I always take it seriously. So, every time when my friend ask me to go out for dinner, I will dress up nicely. For example, in January, I had my very first fancy dinner of 2018 with my some of my friends in Portland. It was fun dinner and I wore a black dress. Just for an hour in a restaurant, I spent two hours for getting ready–and that is totally fine for me. Before going out, I usually spend two hours getting ready, including taking a shower and doing makeup. As long as I get a nice look, I don’t care if I spend that long of a time. Plus, just going out for a dinner is special for me.  I really love to wear a dress and a cute skirt for a dinner with friends.

For our shoot this time, I wore a black skirt with my cute pink top–I got both of them from H&M. I cover my outfit with a pink blazer to make my style look more formal and I got it from GAP. Last but not least, I finished my outfit with my sparkles high heels. I wore those heels in our denim shoot also and they are from Forever 21.

I think that’s all for this post.

Have a blessed day.

Close up of Dina's sparky heels

Dina's sparkly clutch purse

Dina leaning against the railing

Claire

Claire leaning against the railing

Ah, a night out! Also known as my perfect excuse to dress how I actually feel without feeling over the top. Okay I might still look a bit over the top, but I love the freedoms that “a night out” gives to everyone’s wardrobe. Because of this I chose to wear a maroon satin dress with a floral pattern embroidered all over it that I got over spring break at Urban Outfitters. On my feet I wore some white and black boys tap dance shoes I picked up a while back at Goodwill. I also wore some long gold chain earrings I got at Forever 21 that make me feel like a 1920’s flapper. And last, but certainly not least, I wore my favorite coat that I own; a pastel blue, and extremely fluffy, faux fur coat. It’s the perfect article of clothing that not only keeps you warm, but makes a statement every time I put it on. This is what I chose to wear on my night out, I can’t wait to see all of you at the premier of American Idiot and the other upcoming productions put on by our university’s theatre department!

 Close up of Claire's long dangly earrings

Claire lounging on stairs

Claire against the railing

Stephanie

Stephanie leaning against the railing

A “night out” was probably one of my favorite themes for a photo shoot! I love getting dressed up and going out with my friends. For this shoot I decided to wear a light cream crop top with my light wash jean jacket both from H&M. Then I chose my black pencil skirt from Charlotte Russe and my black boot heels from H&M! I chose this outfit because it’s very simple and comfortable, but it fits my style perfectly.

Stephanie lounging on the steps

Close up of Stephanie's black booties

Stephanie throwing her jacket over her shoulder

Stephanie letting her jacket come off her shoulders

Michelle

Michelle in maroon plunge neck jumpsuit, maroon floppy hat and sandals

This photoshoot was so fun! I love any excuse I can get to dress up with my girls and go out for a night. And what better of a location than the Wilma? This jumpsuit was Christmas gift from one of my best friends in high school, and I always save it for special occasions. The jumpsuit came from Forever 21. The color is one of my favorites, and I absolutely love being dressed head to toe in it. Plus, it gives me the perfect excuse to wear the hat! I swapped my usual headband for this plum hat to dress up the jumpsuit. It would’ve been nice if the wind had let me wear it for longer than two minutes at a time.

Michelle smiling at the camera

Michelle smiling

Michelle leaning against the railing

Jazzer-Rae

Jazz in front

I think one of my favorite things about going out is getting ready to go out. I love deciding what kind of look I will be rocking for the night, and since this girl is a uniform-wearing full time worker, I’ll take advantage of any reason to get a little dressed up. Though I love getting dressed up,  I am also a big fan of comfort. I decided to go with an outfit that is comfortable but still stylish for a night out. Here I am wearing these pants that I love because they can be worn as loungewear but can be dressed up for a night on the town. I paired them with a striped button up blouse and the cutest pointed toe flats that tie up, both from H&M, that really dress this look up. And lastly to make this look pop, I threw on this true red jacket that I found at Goodwill for a dollar. A dollar. What a steal!

Jazz in front of the box office

Jazz smiling

Tessa

Tessa leaning against the railing, wind blowing

Anyone who knows me knows that I will take any excuse to be overdressed. I have on two occasions worn an actual prom dress to the opening night of a play that my friends were in. So, an entire shoot dedicated to dressing up to go out? Wow. And I get to help promote American Idiot (a show that so many friends of mine are in)?! I can’t imagine anything better. For this shoot, I went with a simple navy floral jumpsuit that I got at Francesca’s and some tan sandals I’ve had for forever.

Tessa with the Wilma behind her

Tessa looking over her shoulder, the wind blowing her hair

Tessa on the bridge with the Wilma behind her