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Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Festive Fashion

Happy Holidays Everyone!

For our blog post, One Eleven Boutique in downtown Missoula let us raid the store!

Trendsetters at The U got to work with amazing photographer

Brian Johnson from Missoula Photography School!




Festive and Fab


The holidays are an ideal excuse to wear lots of sparkle. Sequins, metallic fabrics, and sparkly embellishments are must-haves when dressing up for holiday parties. I fell in love with this skirt from One Eleven immediately because I love anything gold. It is also the perfect length to look flirty and young, without being too short. This gold sequin skirt is perfect when paired with a simple jewelry and black top that keeps the crop top trend alive.  -Kelsi



Skirt and jewelry from One Eleven Boutique





Girly Glam


I chose this outfit because I thought it was both feminine and fun which represents my style perfectly. The ruffled flower top was beautifully classic yet very unique and made the overall look softer. The flared out black and silvery skirt not only made the outfit more glamorous, but it also transformed the outfit into a much more wintery look. The hints of sparkle in this outfit made it the perfect look for dressing up and having fun during the holiday season. -Michelle


Skirt, top, and jewelry from One Eleven Boutique



Timeless Retro

Bailey Chauner

 For my holiday look, I chose this teal dress with a slight high-low hem and wrap bodice. I really liked the teal color of the dress because the hue is not as traditional as red or green but still matches the Christmas theme. I paired a gold bow belt to add definition to my waist and is slightly festive. My large pearl pendant necklace from One Eleven Boutique added a vintage inspired touch. Finally to top off my look, dark red lipstick and half pinned curled hair gave my holiday look that 1950’s flare that can be translated into 2013. -Bailey



Dress and jewelry from One Eleven Boutique

Bailey Chauner


Merry Maroon



This maroon dress I chose from One Eleven boutique is great for the holidays because of the color, cut, and tie detail. The cinching in the middle enhances the waist while the lower hem flares out. The neckline of this dress is fabulous! I love the tie detail because the bow is festive and adds an interesting aspect to the neckline. Finally, tights are a necessity with bare arms to keep your legs warm. My lace up high heeled oxfords are a great shoe that is stylish and sturdy.  -Yoko



Classic Crimson


 Nothing makes me feel more ready for holiday parties than wearing red. This dress fits the bill with a crochet fabric that’s heavier and cozy like a winter sweater but still cute and flattering. I was drawn to the slight high-low hemline of the dress since I felt it added a fun, trendy touch to an otherwise simple style. Because of the simple cut, I feel it is perfect for a family party or meeting your boyfriend’s parents. The red and gold jewelry helped to dress up this look and make it more party appropriate. -Mary



Dress and jewelry from One Eleven Boutique




Black, White, and Spiked

trendsetters at the u


This is my new favorite sweater everyone! During the holidays guys can’t go wrong with the classic black and white.  And of course, I had to add my spikes to give it some swag. -Turk


Polished and Preppy 


My outfit theme is best for Christmas! I wore my colorful ribbon embellished navy blue cardigan. I paired it with this gray and white polka skirt to add interest of the outfit. To add extra detail I wore a patterned collared shirt underneath my sweater for a preppy look.  Finally, I chose black faux fur boots that are stylish and great in the snow. I think my outfit looks like Christmas gift wrapping and I imagine my shoes are like Santa Claus’s boots!        -Yukina


Lumberjack Chic


Plaid is huge this season! Especially over sized plaid shirts and leggings, I love that. To be totally honest, I borrowed my boyfriend’s flannel shirt for this outfit! I wanted to make the shirt a bit dressier though, so I incorporated a sort of elegant cardigan and a velvet skater (my favorite fabric and my favorite style) skirt. The patterned tights add texture and a tiny bit more warmth. I’m obsessed with over-the-knee socks; they’re cute, comfy, and surprisingly warm. And then to finish, the staple to everyone’s wardrobe: brown lace up boots. I used gold accessories because I like the warm tones that lend well to the color palette here (and I just favor gold over silver). If I had to describe this…I’d call it lumberjack-chic!   -Aurora







Trendsetters at the U


Fall 2013

Four Fashionable Looks for Finals Week

Students at the University of Montana are on a countdown to the end of the semester! But before we enjoy endless Christmas cookies and hours of sleep, we have to face finals week. Just the thought of finals gives me anxiety. I already can see myself throwing my hair into a huge knot with my coffee pot overflowing.  Frazzled with exams, my wardrobe will take a backseat and the XL sweatpants ,which once seemed only appropriate for the gym, soon become a much needed staple.

My study partner will insist I dress for success. This is not the first time I’ve heard “dressing up” helps improve focus and self confidence.  When running on 5 hours of sleep, improving my focus could help me out.  So, this finals week I will try it.  But, I have a few restrictions. If I “dress up” I will be comfortable! My token leopard skinny skinny jeans will not make the cut, and neither will anything I can’t cross my legs in.  A team of ladies and I from Trendsetters at the U put together four effortless, comfortable, and fashionable finals week outfits to help you ace finals week.


My Outfit

1. Denim Collared Shirt from TJ Maxx 2. Printed Sweater Leggings from Forever 21 3. Black Short UGG Boots from Hide and Sole 4. Pink Glitter Infinity Scarf from Betty’s Divine

The patterned leggings that I wore are comfortable and warm but also add interest to the outfit. Wearing a denim shirt opened over a plain top is a really easy way to layer up your look and make it look like you put in more effort than you actually did. And lastly, a scarf is a perfect way to finish any look off because not only does it look cute, but it is an accessory that will keep you nice and warm which is perfect for long days in the library and throughout the cooler months.




My Outfit

Sweater- Brandy MelvilleChiffon under layer- Herberger’s

Leather leggings- Forever 21

Beanie- I made

Combat boots- (best place for inexpensive boots!)

This outfit is great for lounging because it’s cozy and easy to throw together quickly. Leather leggings look more put together than plain leggings and you don’t have to sacrifice comfort. Wearing a long chiffon undershirt is an easy trick to make your top appear longer, which is helpful when wearing leggings. Throwing on a beanie is a quick fix when you don’t have time to do your hair.

My favorite thing about this outfit is is how warm and cozy it is. Chunky sweaters are the best winter staple!


My Outfit
1. “Mistletoe Sweater” in Emerald from American Eagle Outfitters.
2. AE IKAT Printed leggings from American Eagle Outfitters
3. Moto Boots- Steve Madden “Troopa” boots
4. Gold midi-rings – Betty’s Divine

What I like most about this outfit is its simplicity. Just three pieces make up this entire look. When most of my days leading up to finals week are spent closing down the library- I tend to reach for effortless, comfortable items which allow me to get ready in a fraction of the time. An over-sized sweater and leggings paired with boots accomplish this well.

Emerald is a hugely popular color this season, and high-waisted, printed leggings add just the right amount of interest when balanced out with the solid colored top. Tuck them into some motorcycle boots, pull your hair to the side into a loose, two-minute fishtail braid, and you can be on your way to your finals in looking cozy and still fashion-forward.


My Outfit

1. White shirt – JcPenney A.N.A brand

2.  Blue Cardigan- TJ Maxx

3. Pants- Rue 21

4. Shoes – very old!

I absolutely love these pants, they might be my new favorite pair! I recently purchased them from Rue 21 for $6! These pants have a two things I love: style and comfort.  I love the high waisted style and stripe detail on the side. These pants are stretchy like leggings, but have a zipper and button like jeans, what more could I want?! Finally, the high waisted style looks more fashion forward than ordinary pants. The stripe down the side gives the illusion of thinner legs as well! I chose my favorite loose comfy white shirt and cobalt blue cardigan to add a pop of color. This outfit is great for finals week because you won’t have to compromise style for being comfortable.