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Fall 2017

Meet the Trendsetters of the University of Montana

The University of Montana is known for being nestled amongst incredible landscape, providing students with a top notch education, allowing them to thrive while having access to outdoor recreational activities. But a lesser-known fact about U of M is that the students who strut the campus have some serious style. Missoula is a funky college town, with a diverse range of styles and people.

Here at Trendsetters at the U, we pride ourselves in cultivating a space for all styles, all majors and all people at the University of Montana to express themselves and connect with other fashionistas on campus. So without further ado, meet the faces behind our fashionable team!

Nancy

Name: Nancy Gregor
Year: Super Senior!
Major/Minor: 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!

Hannah

Name: Hannah Benett
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: English with Classical Studies and Education
Hometown: Palmerston North, New Zealand

How would you describe your personal style?

I get a lot of my clothes from thrift stores and nothing makes me happier than finding that perfect one-of-a-kind piece. I love experimenting with different patterns (I’m a firm believer that florals aren’t just for spring) and customising clothes to really make them my own.

Who are your style inspirations?

I got into thrifting after watching videos by Coolirpa and Annika Victoria on YouTube. A lot of my inspiration comes from people I don’t even know – I just see someone on the street totally rocking their outfit and it sticks with me.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

I love summer because it’s beach season – cute dresses, sandals and floppy sunhats! Also, you don’t have to hide your fabulous outfit under a huge coat.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

As Karl Lagerfeld famously said, “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a little black dress.” Coming to America with only two suitcases has really made me think about my essentials, but the little black dress, a denim jacket, and a good pair of jeans are among the most versatile pieces you can have.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I was scrolling through the University of Montana tag on Instagram and it just came up. I slid into their DMs and the rest is history.

Where can we typically find you?

If I’m not in my dorm frantically trying to read an entire novel by my next class, I’m usually hanging out in the UC Game Room or at the Grizzly Pool teaching swim lessons.

What is your dream job?

In a couple of years I hope to be teaching English literature to high schoolers back in New Zealand, or traveling around Asia and Europe teaching English as a language.

What are a few of your favorite things?

My sewing machine, my guitar, and my collection of books. Wait, can my family count as a thing?

Michelle

Name: Michelle Dufflocq Williams
Year: Super Senior
Major/Minor: 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.

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography

Fall 2017

Fall Outfit Ideas 2017

Fall is coming to a close here in Missoula! Fall was brief, as it usually is in Montana. Hopefully some of you live in places where your autumn lasts a little bit longer and you have a bit more time to enjoy your fall fashion! As the snow starts to cover up the fallen leaves, the Trendsetters are here to share some of our fall favorites from this season.

Bailey

God bless autumn for the funnest fashion trends, amiright?  There’s nothing better than a cute scarf or a cozy beanie to add some pizazz to your outfit.  As I thought about what look I wanted for this shoot, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite fall pieces.  So, in the end, yo’ girl ended up sporting all three of my faves…over the knee boots, a turtleneck, and a flannel!  

The Hollister turtleneck I chose as my base layering piece seemed like the perfect little touch of class (and warmth!) with a simple black pinstripe.  As my top piece, I chose an oversized flannel  ’cause who doesn’t love lookin’ bad in plaid?  Flannels are also a favorite of mine ’cause they keep you warm without breaking the bank or feelin’ too bulky.  I’ve found that the best flannels always seem to come from the men’s section at Goodwill but this one in particular I borrowed from a friend! The color combo screamed fall and for some reason the words “lumberjack chic” came to mind.  Because the combo of stripes and plaid on the top was pretty eccentric, I kept my color combo solid on the bottom.

A simple black skinny jean tied in perfectly with the turtleneck and also went well with my suede over the knee boots which I got from Target!  As far as accessories, I wanted to keep it simple so I threw on a maroon beanie (handmade by a friend) and I was ready to head to the pumpkin patch!

Dina

Comfy sweater/jacket, warm drinks, boots, pretty colors and pumpkins. Sounds beautiful and nice, doesn’t it? Yeah, I’m talking about fall. Leaves are changing colors. I am so happy that I get spend another Fall here at the University of Montana in  Missoula, MT. I’m filled love when I wake up in the morning, I have a cup of hot chocolate (My favorite for cold weather) and see beautiful colors around me that make me feel ready to face my day. Even when I get overwhelmed from a busy day, the stress will literally fade away when I walk around campus and see the beautiful colors. My favorite thing in this season is when I walk around campus and put my headphones on, I feel like I wanna dance under the beautiful trees. When I try to dance or when I’m walking around campus, I just feel like all my problem are gone when see this beautiful creation.

This is my second year here in Montana where I get to enjoy this beautiful fall season. My last Fall here was so much fun. I learned so much about what fall is like in the USA. I carved pumpkins last year with groups of friends. My first pumpkin was so bad, however I am glad that I got to learn how to carve pumpkins. I went to a Halloween party with friends which was my other favorite part about last fall, and of course, the fall photoshoot with the Trendsetters. I just want to say thank you so much to Trendsetters at the U, because this crew has been amazing for me. I have learned so manh things from this group. I love Trendsetters at the U… like, a lot.

For the fall photoshoot this year, I wore pants with boots and my denim jacket. Also, if you guys noticed, I just got a new hairstyle and love this one, I’ll keep this hairstyle until next year, probably.  For my outfit, I got my black pants and denim jacket from H&H, a long sleeved shirt which is from Indonesia. I went home on summer vacation and brought it back. I got my boots from a second hand shop.  

Well, I think that’s all I have to say about fall.

I hope you guys have a wonderful fall semester and enjoy the rest of the beautiful color in this season before the white season covers Missoula. Haha. Have a great day everyone !

I love you all. XOXO

Greer

Fall is my stinkin’ favorite time of year. Nothing makes me feel more warm and cozy inside than seeing the leaves changing colors and going to the pumpkin patch. This time of year is my all-time favorite wardrobe season. I feel like my outfits just are so much more put together with lots of layers. For this outfit I am wearing a very fall colored sweater from H&M. I paired it with my Topshop Jamie jeans, which are the perfect amount of high waisted and stretchy. My over the knee boots are Blondo from Nordstrom, these are the best boots for Montana weather. They are waterproof so while its raining or snowing I still feel cute (and dry). I added a vintage western belt I’ve had since I was little girl and a thrifted wrangler jean jacket! Happy fall y’all:)

Marlena

Fall is for cozy sweaters… and pumpkin patches.. and fresh apple cider… and basically everything warm and comfortable. The cozy knit I have on is from T.J. Maxx and has the cutest bell sleeves to spice it up. Bell sleeves are a huge staple for sweaters this fall and winter and will definitely give a fun look to an outfit. The color blocking in this sweater is perfect to add a bit of contrast and uniqueness to the outfit. Paired with black jeans, a chunky boot, and dark lip, you have the perfect outfit for pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and cozy walks through the leaves.

Michelle

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love fall. I don’t care how “basic” it may be, there is something so magical about the crispness in the air, warm pumpkin bread right out of the oven, and the sea of golden leaves that engulfs Missoula during this time of year. Not to mention, the fashion during this time of year is absolutely exquisite. Denim, outerwear and cozy knits? Yes please!

For this outfit, I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite pieces: overalls. Overalls of all kinds have become a staple in my wardrobe. These overalls are from Urban Outfitters and they were more of a splurge than I’d like to admit, but hey! They’re pretty freaking cute, and incredibly comfy too. Underneath, I’m wearing my favorite sweater of the moment. It’s gray, has big sleeves, and is SO SOFT. I got it at H&M, but I feel like it’s one of those pieces that looks a lot more high end than it actually is, which I am always down for.

To finish the look off I added my Michelle necklace and my Converse to keep the outfit fun, yet laid back enough to romp through a pumpkin patch for hours on end. Happy fall, everyone!

Aline

Fall is the briefest season. I swear it was here a second ago, but now there’s snow on the ground, so I guess it’s gone now. But for those two weeks where everything’s gold and the air is warm and crisp at the same time, us Trendsetters have got to make sure we’re dressing in our best. It’s what the season calls for. So this is my best. My grey collared shirt from Madewell is super thick and would keep any gal warm this season. My jeans are from Top Shop and a great wash for any season, while my scarf, from Apricot Lane, adds some extra snugness and screams “fall”. And to finish off the look we’ve got my black booties from Athleta to keep my toes warm while strutting through any pumpkin patch. Stay warm out there, Grizzlies!

Nancy

Happy fall, y’all! Fall in Montana is so beautiful, and if you blink too fast… you’ll miss the whole thing! These colorful leaves and crisp air make me want to cozy up in boots and a flannel, so for this shoot I wore my favorite red flannel dress from Olive + Iron and my new short black Hunter boots! I’ve been wearing these pretty much every day, unapologetically, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! This outfit was perfect for romping around Missoula’s Great Pumpkin Patch! It was a little chilly, but otherwise the perfect day to hang out with friends, pick pumpkins and take photos!

Tessa

Fall is my favorite season, but not just because of the leaves, pumpkins and Halloween. I love fall because I firmly believe that it is the easiest season to look cute while you’re actually being really lazy. Hear me out here. Haven’t washed your hair in a couple days? Forget the dry shampoo, just find a beanie! Too cold to wear a skirt but you can’t be bothered to fuss with a pair of skinny jeans? Good thing the weather is perfect for leggings! And lets not forget the beauty of boots right about now! It’s chilly enough that you can break out your boots, boot socks and even your Uggs if you’re feeling extra lazy, but it’s not snowy yet so you don’t have to worry about wet socks if your boots aren’t 100% waterproof! See? Fall fashion, if used to your advantage, is the perfect way to look like you tried (when you really didn’t).

But, all jokes aside, I am actually a fan of fall fashion (even the kind where you have to try). I love sweaters, boots and beanies. Plus, the whole redhead thing works really well with fall colors (olive green and me are besties). For this shoot I went with one of my favorite black sweaters that I got at Francesca’s, a pair of destructed skinnies from Vanity (before they went out of business), a lightweight olive jacket also from Vanity, my gray Carhartt beanie and my favorite pair of gray boots. I like this outfit because its cozy and cute while also being super casual.

Hannah

I have never experienced autumn – uh, fall – quite like the Americans do. You guys sure know how to take something as simple as a season and turn it into something to celebrate! There are pumpkins everywhere – in pies, in coffee, on everyone’s front porch and at our fall photoshoot. Fall is also a great time for fashion: cool enough to rock those layers, but not so cold that you have to hide your outfit under a huge winter coat. For this outfit, I’ve layered a warm oversized blazer over a chiffon button-up from Mirrou, tied at the waist to center the look. They both have a checked pattern, but I think the contrasting large and small patterns work well together. I’m not quite ready to give up on my skater skirts yet, so I’ve opted for one in a fall-esque maroon shade, and paired it with plain black tights and vintage brown boots that I ‘borrowed’ from my mother’s wardrobe (thanks, mum!). I love this look because the skirt makes it cute and feminine, while the blazer pulls it together and keeps the cold fall winds at bay.

Jonathan

My textured-knit sweater and bomber jacket are from H&M! I got my jean joggers and boots from J. C. Penny’s!

Raneem

My favorite season is fall. I’m sure some of you would agree. What I love about fall is when the leaves fall on the ground and the smell of the leaves fills the air. Also, I love the weather changing from hot to warm, and sometimes cold.

For this fall look I wore a red flannel that is from T.J. Maxx and I wore it under my beige sweater from Target. The blue vest jacket was from Dillard’s.My jeans were from American Eagle , and my Michael Kors boots were from Dillard’s. I wanted to go for a signature fall look so I mixed dark and light colors together.

Antonio

Hey everyone! I’m excited for fall to be in full swing, and I hope that my outfit gives you some inspiration to try new color combos and patterns!

On top I’m wearing a white t-shirt with a weird and wonderful logo that says, “I’m Not Like The Others”. I picked up this piece from a place in downtown Chicago called The Buffalo Exchange. I’m really excited about it because it’s got this weird grunge vibe, but it still adds a wonderful base layer that I can layer stuff on top of, making it one of my favorite t-shirts I own.

Next up is one of my favorite flannels, an Indian Corn one that I picked up at the YCWA. In my takeovers I often talk about shopping there, and I have picked up some lovely pieces there. Not only do they have wonderful clothing options, but also all the money goes to a good cause. The store is connected to a women’s shelter, and the money you spend there goes to helping women in need. If you haven’t yet stopped by, it really is worth the drive, and the staff is helpful and caring as well! Overall, I love my experiences there and the things that I find—like this flannel—are always spectacular.

My pants and shoes for this shoot came from the same place—ASOS. It’s an online fashion shop that has a ton of great deals, and oftentimes has discounts for students. The pants that I’m wearing are a pair of over-sized chinos in green with black paint splatter and a pair of hound’s-tooth, black-and-white sneakers. I love mixing and matching patterns in my outfits, and I was so excited to get these sneakers because they add one of my favorite patterns into many of my outfits and they are comfortable and easy to wear anywhere!

Photography by Aleksandra Wąs | @fotografed_