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Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Trendsetter Holiday Style Inspiration

 

Trendsetters Style for the Holidays

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, making memories. Why not do it in an awesome outfit? Today, Trendsetters at the U show off their personal holiday style inspiration.

Hannah-Laura

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The weather outside is frightful, but holiday outfits are delightful. Oversized sweaters are my favorite look for the holiday season, because they are cute and comfortable. My cream-colored sweater, from Wild Out West, is perfect for my family gatherings. It’s comfortable enough to travel in, and it’s dressy enough for our holiday dinners. I love wearing long scarves with any outfit, and this is no exception. My monochrome scarf, also from Wild Out West, adds texture, pattern and length to this outfit. Black boots and leggings are basic staples in my closet, and I especially love wearing them with long sweaters and scarves. My flat boots, from Herbergers, have gold-colored buckle accents, which bring out the gold threading in the sweater.

 

Kayla

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I love the holidays. The day after Halloween I’m always so excited because I feel like that’s the official marker of the beginning of the holiday season. On Thanksgiving I usually wear my pajamas all day, so I decided to wear what I would wear to church on Christmas Eve.

 I decided to wear my sweater with the sequin pocket, along with my sequined headband. That adds some lovely holiday shine. I also decided to wear my black skirt and burgundy tights, along with my favorite black boots, which I can make work for every outfit. The light scarf adds a nice touch as well.

 

Jazi

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My holiday dinners with family usually consist of a nice evening in, so I went for a more casual look. Here, I wore my favorite faded Hollister jeans, a thrifted knit sweater and my Brash hiker lace-up boots. I dressed this look up with some of my favorite accessories. Have I mentioned how much I love gold accented jewelry? Here, I wore a long cross necklace from Forever 21, a gold studded bracelet and a gold braided headband that are both from Claire’s. That is my casual look for this holiday season.

 

Becca

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The holiday season is absolutely my favorite time of the year. Red cups at Starbucks, snow falling and do I even need to mention the food?

 In my family, holiday dinners are always somewhere between casual and dressy. This year, I want to keep it comfortable, cozy and somewhere closer to casual. I wore my favorite white sweater, paired with a J Crew lookalike vest, both from Apricot Lane Missoula, to keep me nice and cozy while I wait for dinner (I can’t cook or I’d blow up the kitchen). I added a little color with my buffalo plaid Steve Madden scarf from Nordstrom, and added dark denim and suede booties to make the look a little dressier.

 

Michelle

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For Thanksgiving dinner I always like to dress up a little. I think it just makes the day a little bit more special when I love what I’m wearing. For my Thanksgiving outfit, I put together a look that is more on the dressy side but is still comfortable and extremely cozy. I am wearing a white collared shirt from Target with my black floral dress from H&M. I then layered my burgundy sweater from H&M on top, which creates a really nice layered look. When I think of what to wear for Thanksgiving, I automatically think of warm, earth tones, which is why I decided to go for a pair of brown tights instead of my usual black or gray. I am finishing this look off with some pearl earrings, my silver Pandora charm bracelet and my black Nine West combat boots.

 I think this look would be great for Thanksgiving dinner because it encompasses many elements of fall fashion without being over the top for a family gathering. Another thing that I love about this outfit is that it’s extremely loose around the belly area, which means that you can still eat all the turkey you want without having to change into your Thanksgiving pants (Joey from Friends, anyone?) All in all, I think this outfit is a great combination of comfy and cute, which is perfect for sitting down with your family for Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Sojin

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One thing is certain when it comes to Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season: what you wear is just as important as what you eat.

 Thanksgiving is a time when you don’t have to justify eating three plates of food, but you do want to be comfortable in your clothes.

 I don’t actually remember a time when I didn’t wear a dress on Thanksgiving, but for my outfit here, I chose something more casual.  I also like to do fall colors and shades of gold, red and brown for Thanksgiving because they look more festive.  I have on a cream-gold sweater from Target, dark jeans from H&M, Bentley boots from ShoeMint and a statement necklace from Apricot Lane Missoula.

 Oversized sweaters are perfect for Thanksgiving because they hide the stuffing, turkey, cranberries and three slices of pumpkin pie that you just consumed.  Dark jeans are also slimming and dressier for the holiday season.

 I don’t like to wear heels on Thanksgiving because I’m generally going back and forth between the kitchen and the dining room all day. The boots I have on here have about an inch heel, so they’re a bit more dressy, but they’re super comfortable and I won’t fall and spill Thanksgiving dinner all over the just-cleaned carpet.

 Some families are all about football and comfort, some are about fancy dinners and some combine the football and the fancy.  My advice for Thanksgiving fashion is to know what type of festivity you’re going to and dress accordingly, but also stay comfortable.

 

Photos by Lacey Young Photography.

Fall 2014

When Skies Are Grey

When Skies Are Grey

 

In Montana, once it is no longer summer, we have to be prepared for any and all weather. It can go from sunny and 75 to torrential downpour to 6 inches of snow all in the matter of a few days (or hours, in some cases). The majority of the time, the ground is wet or slushy and something is falling from the sky. It can be hard to battle the weather in a fun and fashionable way, but today Trendsetters show you how they bring their personal style on days when skies are gray.

 

Hannah-Laura

When Skies Are Grey When Skies Are Grey Cozy sweaters are a cute way to keep warm on rainy days. I love layering sweaters under light jackets for a fresh fall look. My sweater, from Buckle, is perfect for wet weather because it keeps me warm without being too heavy. Sweaters with texture or tribal designs are staples for this season. Adding accessories is an awesome way to stay stylish during the fall. I love wearing infinity scarves to add interest to any outfit. My scarf, from Zumiez, can be worn several ways and is great for rainy weather. Jackets are perfect for fall because they are stylish and waterproof. I wear my black peplum Forever 21 jacket in rain or shine. The faux-leather sleeves are nice for a fall look because they are wind and waterproof. The jacket’s asymmetrical zipper gives this outfit an edgier look.

 

Sojin

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Things that define a rainy day: people walking fast with their heads down, dark clouds, stillness and frustration at the weather app for saying there’s a 20 percent chance of rain when it’s already raining.  But we have the ability to change that dreary definition by the way that we dress.  Personally, I look at the weather app hoping for high chances of rain because those are my favorite days to dress for—fashion is why I look forward to rain and snow.

 To put together my rainy day look, I chose to wear a LBD from Target.  It’s cotton fabric, so it’s warmer than many of the other dresses I own (especially chiffon) and the rain doesn’t show up on dark colors.  I have a coat obsession, so I chose to wear my beige Eddie Bauer trench over my dress.  Plus, it’s waterproof—that’s why I bought it.  Black and beige—neutrals—these classic colors made it easy for me to add color with my boots and umbrella.  The BOOTS.  These are my babies.  They’re Hunter Original Tall Gloss military red rain boots that I picked up on my way back to the hotel from Central Park last summer.  I carried them a long way and even onto the plane back to Montana.  They were so worth it.  As for the umbrella, it’s actually not mine, but it was fun because it matched my boots and plaid is the perfect pattern this season.  I do know it’s from a place called Totes. Thanks, Jane!

 There’s a quote that reads, “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” In this case, rain is the reality, so put on your rainy day pieces and go conquer those puddles.

 

Cory

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When it rains, it pours. Usually the Missoula weather is gray and foggy, but that doesn’t mean your outfit has to be. You need to wear an outfit that will let you sing in the rain, while laughing at the clouds. I like to keep it comfortable with one of my favorite sweatshirts and my oldest pair of jeans. I brought the pieces together with a beanie for the perfect completion to a casual yet stylish outfit.

Michelle

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We all know how unpredictable Montana weather can be, especially when heading into the cooler months. Since rain can pour down at any given moment, it is important to be prepared. My rainy day look consists of a pair of black Sky High Jeggings from American Eagle and a blush long-sleeve top from TJ Maxx tucked into it. The jeggings are super comfortable, but at the same time, slightly more stylish than just plain black leggings. The dark color is also perfect for getting caught in the rain, because raindrops won’t be as apparent on the black fabric. The blush top adds some femininity to the look, softening it up a little while at the same time keeping me pretty warm.

 To add another layer, I threw on my olive green military jacket from Bohme. Military jackets are a huge trend for fall and are quite weather-resistant, so they are perfect for rainy days. They are not too heavy, so in case it warms up throughout the day, you won’t get overheated. To finish my look off, I put on a white infinity scarf from Bohme and a pair of The Sak brown leather boots. Overall, I think this is a great look for rainy days because it is stylish while still practical. However, make sure to still keep a cute umbrella in your bag just in case.

Jillian 

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On rainy days, I always feel it is the appropriate time to dress a little more comfortable.  For this outfit, I went for a simple, comfortable look. My short rain coat is from Forever 21, can go with just about anything and adding a scarf gives it more of a trendy look. You can also never go wrong with a pair or jeans. But to seal the ultimate rainy day outfit, rain boots are a must have. Whether they are Hunter boots, Chooka boots or another kind of boots, they are always essential to trudge across campus through big puddles. I personally like to add a colored umbrella; they always add a little pop of color to any stormy day.

 

Keiko

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Even on rainy days, I still like to try and look presentable while staying warm and dry. One easy trick to dress up any outfit is a classic trench coat. It can take anything from comfy leggings to a sweater dress and still look good. Mine is a Michael Kors trench that is perfect because it is made from a water resistant material.  I also like to mix inexpensive, trendy pieces with timeless splurges, so underneath I threw on a Forever 21 dress in a color that is one of this fall’s must have colors: teal. I picked up my Antonio Melani riding boots from Dillards, and they are perfect to keep the rain out. To finish the look off, simple accessories like a beanie and umbrella are perfect. Montanans think they’re tough enough to not care about the weather, but actually they’re just weird. I’m usually one of the few people walking around campus with an umbrella, but hey, at least I’m dry.

 

Krystyn

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A staple in your closet that can never go wrong is a plaid shirt! Preferably a male flannel because they are huge, soft and comfortable. An effortless outfit for a drizzly day is to pair the plaid shirt with your favorite leggings and combat boots. Of course any type of boots would work. I give you extra brownie points if you pair it with some awesome cowboy boots.  I am wearing leggings from Victoria’s Secret, shirt stolen from a male counterpart and black Report shoes scored at a great rate from T.J.Maxx. Don’t forget on a rainy day that comfort is key and always treat yourself to a steaming cup of tea.

 

Jazi

When Skies Are Grey

 

Layers, layers and layers! One of my favorite things about fall is that I can pile clothing on and still be comfortable, cozy and fashionable. Flannels are perfect for this time of year, so here I wore my flannel from Hollister and layered it with my thrifted leather jacket. I wanted to stay casual so I wore jeans and threw on my black boots from Target.  Then I added some handmade leg warmers. Another great thing about fall and rainy days? Scarves. I am wearing my favorite fluffy scarf from American Eagle. This look is great if you want to stay casual and comfortable in this crisp time of year.

Becca

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I have a love/hate relationship with rain and snow. I love the look of it from my apartment window, hearing the raindrops hit the rooftop while I relax in my bed, and watching movies by the fire with my coffee in hand. Going outside is a totally different story. The only way I can get myself out of bed and out into the cold is layers. Layers for days.

 For my outfit, I chose to layer some of my favorite colors, prints and textures to keep me warm and dry, and also so I didn’t have to worry about accessorizing too much.  My dress is a great neutral color to build off of. It has buttons and drawstrings, giving it a more complex look than it actually is. I added my favorite olive jacket from Maurices to keep the rain off as well as to maintain proper body temperature while walking to class.

 Plaid may or may not be my favorite pattern, so I had to add it into my outfit. The colors are consistent with the rest of the pieces I am wearing and nothing keeps you warmer than a chunky scarf.  Mine is from Apricot Lane Missoula and they have a great selection of winter scarves. I also added more pattern with my navy polka dot umbrella from Target.

 When the weather is cold, tights and boots are essential. My maroon tights are from Target and again, a great way to introduce more color. They’ve lasted me forever and I’m not complaining after only spending $5 on them. My gray boots help balance the colors in my outfit as well as keep my feet toasty warm.

When Skies Are Grey

Photos by Lacey Young Photography