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!

Tessa

Name: Tessa Huston
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Theatre
Hometown: Missoula, Montana

How would you describe your personal style?

Cute and girly.

Who are your style inspirations?

I want to say that my style inspiration is some high fashion model or something but to be completely honest, the person who’s style I identify with most is the character Jane Villanueva from Jane the Virgin. So many pastels! So many dresses! So cute! How does she do it?!

What is your favorite season to dress for?

Fall, all the way.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

Skinny jeans, pastel dresses, and leggings.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I joined Trendsetters at the U because I’ve been friends with Aline for years and after I saw her join last year and have so much fun with it, I wanted to try it out too. I love clothes, I always loved reading the Trendsetters’ posts and I thought it was about time I got on board!

Where can we typically find you?

You can usually find me on a couch in the green room telling a very animated story or whining about homework.

What is your dream job?

My dream is to be a successful actress and get to do what I love everyday and not have to have a day job to support myself, because I do just fine with my acting gigs.

What are a few of your favorite things?

Sharks, diet Dr. Pepper, and Marvel movies.

Chy

Name: Chy Gonzales

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Human Biology/Psychology

Hometown: Billings, Montana

How would you describe your personal style?

Cute, girly and flirtatious.

Who are your style inspirations?

My grandmother and my mom.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

I love the fall.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

Cashmere sweaters, great jewelry, and of course shoes.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I love the idea of having a friend group of fashionistas, and I would have to say that I have a passion for fashion!

Where can we typically find you?

I can be found in my room watching Netflix and eating snacks.

What is your dream job?

I want to be a princess.

What are a few of your favorite things?

My family, friends, and dinosaurs

 

Shayla

Name: Shayla Joy Hansen

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Accounting

Hometown: Corvallis, Montana

How would you describe your personal style?

This is hard because I feel like my style changes with my mood. But if I had to pick I’d say beachy, modern, and practical.

Who are your style inspirations?

I don’t actually have any particular people I get style inspiration from. I just scroll through Tumblr a ton.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

Definitely summer! It’s great for sundresses.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

I’d say denim short shorts, a little black dress, and boots that look good for every season. (if you go back through old Trendsetters posts you can see me in the same boots multiple times.)

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I love fashion and take a lot of pride in my appearance. So when my friend Jazz introduced me to the Trendsetters I instantly wanted to join.

Where can we typically find you?

Honestly, my house, campus, the gym, and work is where I spend most of my time. But I love to take spontaneous trips to California whenever I can.

What is your dream job?

I’d love to be an auditor for a medium sized accounting firm. I love that I could have the opportunity to travel quite a bit to meet clients. Then when I’m ready to really settle down I can choose to be around the office more.

What are a few of your favorite things?

If you can’t tell from my tattoo or my shirt I LOVE palm trees. I also love sunshine, the ocean, and seafood. So basically California. I also really enjoy curling up in blankets, jumping off cliffs, and petting cats.

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonxsmiles

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