Spring 2019

Sweater Weather

It’s finally starting to warm up a teeny bit here in Missoula, but in homage to the last 6 months or so we spend braving the cold, we decided to do a post on Sweater Weather! We wanted to explore all things warm and cozy! And where is the coziest place to do a sweater themed shoot? Why, a coffee shop of course! We were lucky enough to be hosted by Drum Coffee for this shoot! Check out the adorable pictures by the lovely and talented Aleksandra Wąs (@fotografed_) below

Tatum

Tatum writing in a notebook and looking ahead with a mug in hand

Happy Almost Spring!
This time of the year is one of my favorites! I love the warm tea, fluffy snow, and big sweater to help keep me warm.
For my FIRST photo shoot with Trendsetters, I wanted to encapsulate as much of myself as I possibly could into one outfit. When I think of sweaters, I think of soft and cozy (and in Montana, warm is a must). Since I’m on campus, going in and out of buildings so much, the temperature changes a lot. I can go from shivering to sweating, so I like to layer, layer, and layer some more. Being able to take a layer off allows me to regulate my body temperature myself. This idea helped inspire my Sweater Weather look! I picked my black and white striped shirt, since stripes are my favorite pattern (and make up half of my closet). Since my cardigan is pretty over-sized, I tucked my shirt into my favorite Super High-Rise jeans from American Eagle so my curves didn’t disappear under all the fabric. To top it all off, I added my new black booties with metal embellishment. My makeup helped add more personality to my outfit. I went with a brown glittery eye shadow, a winged eyeliner and some lipstick.
Comfort and style is necessity for me. College comes with some hectic days, and I find being comfortable, while still feeling confident in my outfit, helps me to keep a positive attitude and keep smiling, even when we are fighting blizzards!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! Stay Lovely <3

Tatum on a barstool near the window smiling with a mug

Tatum smiling with a mug

Sky

Sky reading a magazine and holding a mug looking off and smiling

Hello lovelies! So for this shoot, being my first shoot, I wanted to show a little side of who I am. I like to think of being a cheerful person with a bright smile to bring some sunshine into peoples day and I thought I’d show that through the color yellow. I absolutely love the color; it is my favorite, so I decided to pair a yellow sweater from target ($4.50 no joke!) with a plain black circle skirt, green/grey stockings, peach socks, and of course my favorite Dr. m=Martens. I tied it all together with a golden glam look, I absolutely love makeup and I thought that this would be a nice touch to my look. Hope you all have stayed nice and cozy during this chilly winter 💕

Sky smiling with a coffee mug

Dana

Dana leaning on a barstool with a Coke bottle

My favorite part of the year, sweater weather! As we all know, Missoula’s weather is very unpredictable. Sometimes it gets very hot and sometimes it gets very cold. So that’s why you grab a sweater for this kind of time. Anyways–so for this shoot I decided to get dressed up very chic. So I decided to wear my favorite outfit and boost up my confidence. So let’s get into it, for this shoot I decided to wear a casual white sweater with my favorite stripped pants (both from from T.J. Maxx). To add more into the look I added the sunglasses from H&M. But I still felt the need to add some accessories. So I decided to add a diamond choker I got from Dillard’s, to spice it up. And last but not least the cute black boots were from Forever 21.

Dana sitting at the counter looking over her shoulder

Dana posing at the counter with her Coke

Dana and Raneem posing at a table

Brooklyn

Brooklyn smiling over her shoulder

For the sweater weather photo shoot, I decided to take a lively, spring approach to my outfit. Sweaters can be a fashion statement in the fall, winter, and spring. I decided to go with a light sweater with pops of confetti polka-dots for spring. The fresh white and pops of color was a transition from the grey, black, and dark creme colors of winter. To add to the outfit, I added a denim headband with a bow and gold earrings with pops of color to accent the colors of the pom-poms in the sweater. Since these accessories were quite colorful and bright, I wore black plain jeans and black booties to create a fun look without being overbearing in color. The black clothing was more subtle and created a balance within the look. I found this inspiration from blogger: Amber Fillerup Clark. Amber sells her own hair accessories and inspired me to add a new kind of accessory to my hairstyle. She also wears very modest, fun, and light clothing. I was excited to copy her look, especially since she blogs in aesthetically pleasing places like coffee shops. This shoot–to me–has a very “blogger” and “modern” identity. I wanted my look to seem casual, yet stand out. I think this is fitting as some of the pictures were me doing common things such as putting on my lip gloss through the coffee shop window, reading the newspaper, and ordering coffee of course. For final touches to my look, I wore light lashes, rose-gold highlighter, and cotton-candy pink lip gloss to present the chic blogger look I was hoping for.

From outside the coffee shop, Brooklyn is seen inside through the window looking down at her mug

Brooklyn smiling down

Savannah

Savannah sitting at the counter

Short, cold winter days make me want to hide under layers of cozy plush material, out with uncomfortable, but cute t-shirts, and in with the sweaters, leggings, and sweats.

I usually wake up when it’s still dark out and because of that I have no desire to put on a cold pair of jeans or a blouse. Today, like most, was one of those days. I found myself reaching for my fuzzier sweaters that make me feel like I’m not leaving bed even though I am.

I dressed up my very cozy and relaxed outfit with a few subtle steps.

  • I opted for a pair of shoes that were sleek and somewhat “dressier,” which offer a balance.
  • Along the same color scale as my boots, I chose a long sleeve fitted t-shirt which offered a pop of color beneath my cardigan. It catches the eye when the shirt peek-a-boos from behind my sweater.
  • My big scarf works as a distraction from my simple white sweater and sweats.

I added detail to what could be considered a simple outfit by pairing it with items that outshine my base, taking my outfit from plain to poppin’. Take my advice and try playing up some of the clothing items that you would typically consider to be “in-house-clothing-items.”

Savannah hiding in her sweater, smiling

Savannah smiling holding a mug

Savannah laughing holding her mug

Dina

Dina drinking her coffee and holding a magazine out

Hey everyone, how are you all doing? It’s been a while since I’ve done a photo shoot with the other beautiful Trendsetters. I guess it was last semester? OMG … and today I’m back again with these beautiful ladies and had an amazing photoshoot with our talented photographer (@fotografed). I don’t know what to say but the shoot was so much fun and I loved this theme. Which yeah, you probably already know from the title above (Sweater Weather). This is such a good idea. The shoot took place in the coffeesShop in Missoula, Montana called “Drum Coffee”. Speaking of coffee, I’m in love with coffee and I always start my day with coffee. In one day I can have 3 cups or even 4 cups of coffee. I started to fall in love with coffee in 2013, 6 years ago. If you have a favorite coffee that you want to recommend to me, please reach out to me in my Instagram ( @dmerani95) and let me know your favorite one and I will try it. For this shoot I picked an outfit that I usually wear in this cold weather. My favorite brown sweater, which I got from a thrift store in my first year here in Missoula. This sweater is so warm and I really love it. If you are reading this and you are a UM student, you probably will see me very often wearing this sweater around campus during this cold weather. Hahahaha. I paired it with my long black pants that I got from H&M as well as my favorite black boots. Last but not least is the black belt I got from Rue21, and the brown hat is from H&M. This hat is really beautiful and this hat makes my style more vintage and makes me feel like I’m in Paris. Yes, Paris… my dream City. I wish I could be there one day and this hat always makes me want to go there. Oh yeah, I got this hat just for $3, isn’t it cheap? OMG yes! I looked it up before on Amazon and it was about $10 but when I went to H&M it was only $3. I just couldn’t believe, so I got 2 of them. Hahaha. You guys, if you have time just go to H&M, I really recommend it, because you might find something cheap and cool. Yes, “cheap”, we’re all college students, so cheap is the best for us and H&M is the best for you. Well, I hope you all like this style and thank you so much for spending your time to reading this. I love you all a LATTE  🙂

Dina smiling

Dina looking out over her shoulder

Dina reading the newspaper

Molly

 Molly sitting at the counter

I really wanted to express my alternative fashion with this shoot. I pull a lot of my inspiration from the punk scene, like the 70’s and early 2000’s. My friends like to call my fashion “punk emo”.  For the sweater weather shoot I chose a cute punk type look. I made the crop top sweater with the logo for the band Black Flag with bleach and a 3$ sweater from goodwill! I paired it with a black skater skirt, some intricate fishnets (got them off Wish for like 1$!), and Doc Martens. I added a spiked choker to top off my “edgy” look. I did a dark red eye shadow look to add some color (other than my bright blue hair) to the outfit.

Molly holding a cup of coffee at a table

Molly smiling with her mug

Raneem

Raneem toasting the camera with her Coke and winking

Sweaters! Ahhh who doesn’t like sweaters! I love to just wear a comfy sweater and lie down in bed all day or hangout with friends.

For this sweater look I went with a gray turtle neck sweater from H&M–comfy and fashionable also not too hot. I paired it with my light washed jeans also from H&M. Since the sweater is dark, gotta have a bright color. To end the look I finished with a simple but not basic black thigh high boots from Steve Madden. For a pop of color I did my makeup bronzed face with a red lipstick look that will match my cat eye red sunglasses that are from Forever 21.

With my hair I simply did a half up and half down but left a little hair on my face, split down in the middle and curled it to give it that kind of edgy 90s look.

 

Photography by Aleksandra Was | @fotografed_

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