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

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