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!

Antonio

Antonio in a green pattern sweater, light-wash denim jacket with patches, dark wash denim and white Converse

Name: Antonio Armagno
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Double majoring in Theatre and Biology.
Hometown: Kildeer, Illinois, which is about an hour drive from Chicago

How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as mixture of comfortable skaterboi chic and avant-garde artist wannabe. I enjoy crazy patterns, colorful button downs, and any piece that sticks in my mind as weird and wonderful. I believe that style is not just the clothes you wear, but also the person you are underneath. My style, therefore, is often speckled with my politics and ideology, because nothing says “Antonio” quite like a bomber jacket with a feminist patch on it.

Who are your style inspirations?

My style inspirations come from models and artists like Rain Dove, Adowa Aboah, and Tarriona “Tank” Ball. These wonderful people were introduced to me by the YouTube channel “StyleLikeU” and their videos are worth the watch if you’re looking for something inspirational and empowering.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

I think my favorite season to dress for is fall. I know its cliché, but there really is a truth to that cliché. The changing of the seasons brings about a necessity for change in oneself, especially in one’s wardrobe. I love watching the leaves turn colors, and the opportunity for layering is one I do not take lightly.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

Some of my favorite fashion staples, like dark wash jeans, funky sweaters, button down t-shirts, and jackets of all sorts, get to shine during the fall. Fall really is a wonderful time to take to the streets, breathe in the crisp air, and find confidence in the clothing you have.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I wanted to join Trendsetters at the U because it offered me an opportunity to learn more about other people and myself. I love interacting with people and their style, because what a person wears really does say a lot about them. I wanted to learn more about how clothing works to make people feel comfortable and connect, and how I can shape my own identity through the clothes I wear and the people that inspire me.

Where can we typically find you?

You can usually find me hanging out in PARTV, watching vine compilations in my room, or traipsing around downtown Missoula looking for fresh styles and produce.

What is your dream job?

I think my dream job would have to combine Biology and Art in some way. Maybe a play about a famous biologist? An installation all about ferns and their reproductive cycle? I’m still working out the kinks, but I know that whatever I do, fashion and style will always have a special place in my heart.

What are a few of your favorite things?

Some of my favorite things include fashion, art, acting, and digging in the dirt for traces of the ancient past. I love my double major especially, because it gets both sides of my brain working and reminds me how much we have to be grateful for in this world. I’m excited to be back in Missoula and excited to be a part of the Trendsetters family!

Antonio on some stairs. He no longer wears the denim jacket so you can see the dark pattern on the olive green sweater he's wearing.

Detail shot of Antonio's white converse and his dark wash jeans folded up into cuffs

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonxsmiles

and Aleksandra Wąs | @fotografed_

Natalie

Natalie in a gray shirt tied up a bit to show some tummy, ripped black skinny jeans, and black booties

Name: Natalie Arnold
Year: Freshman
Major/Minor: Pre-Professional Exercise Science
Hometown: I was born and raised in Hamilton which is about an hour south of Missoula. I am actually currently still living there and commuting EVERYDAY (it’s actually terrible, don’t do it)!

How would you describe your personal style?

I like a little bit of everything. I could be edgy, girly, bohemian, sporty, and skater-girl all in one week. Most people’s style identifies them and I believe that my array of styles does the same for me. I have such a strong passion for so many different things.

Who are your style inspirations?

Now you may be wondering, if this girl wears every style possible, who is her style icon? Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I don’t really have one. Don’t get me wrong, I am constantly admiring others and their artistically individual styles, but I don’t have one person that I look up to for inspiration. I just like to do my own thing.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

My absolute favorite season to dress up for is FALL. I finally get to dig out my comfy sweaters, drink hot chocolate and prepare for the holiday season (not to mention, fall colors are the absolute best).

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

Most of my wardrobe is fairly versatile but a few of my “must have” items are: a neutral sweater, dark-wash jeans, my leather jacket, a pair of booties, and of course the famous army-green utility jacket.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I was inspired to join the Trendsetters at the U because I am obsessed with putting together the perfect outfit and I have been newly interested in photography.

Where can we typically find you?

Typically, you can find me meddling with the keys on a piano. Making music on the piano brings me comfort and provides a therapy that I can’t find anywhere else. If there isn’t a piano around, you can usually find me outside or curled up in a blanket watching Christmas movies (it’s never too early to watch Christmas movies).

What is your dream job?

Ideally, making music or doing something in fashion are my dream jobs but because those are difficult industries to make a career out of, I will be sticking to physical therapy and enjoying those as hobbies.

What are a few of your favorite things?

I’m currently in route to be a physical therapist, but guys, I have so many passions and I just want to do everything! That kind of plays into my personal style. I like a little bit of everything.

Another of Natalie in the outfit described above

Natalie sitting on the steps so you can better see the ripped knees in her jeans

Natalie on stairs

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonxsmiles

Mackenzie

Name: Mackenzie Fauque
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Pharmacy
Hometown: Cut Bank, MT

How would you describe your personal style?

I am a big fan of layering due to the fact that I am constantly cold. I also really value comfort because I often do not have a chance to change throughout the day.

Who are your style inspirations?

Honestly, my fellow Trendsetter, Greer Brewer, is my style inspiration. Seriously, she is the cutest and kindest human ever. Also as much as I am a “Trendsetter” I am just as much a trend follower. I like to wear what is trending.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

Obviously, fall. I mean, look at my hair.

What are some of your wardrobe staples?

A have about a bajillion green jackets so definitely one of those. I would also say a cream or off-white cardigan, a blanket scarf, and at least 5 different chunky sweaters.

What made you want to join Trendsetters at the U?

I noticed the group when I was a Junior in High School, and when I decided to go to UM I knew this was a way I could get involved.

Where can we typically find you?

My favorite place to be is in the Chem Lab, but typically you can find me in the UC Commons studying or crying, depending how my most recent test went.

What is your dream job?

I would love to someday own a pharmacy in rural Montana.

What are a few of your favorite things?

Coffee, cats, hammocks, cooking, and Jesus!

Photography by Aleksandra Wąs | @fotografed_

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