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Hello Fall

The trendsetters are so excited to share with you our outfit ideas for our favorite season! Montana has such a short lived fall season, but it is definitely the most beautiful times of the year, especially around campus. Here are some of our trendsetter’s ideas on how to compliment this season through your wardrobe.

All the trendsetters are smiling and looking at the camera, they are sitting on a fallen tree. The leaves in the back are yellow and falling.


Hello UM lovelies ! Since Fall is finally in action (My favorite time of year!) it was time to break out my favorite jumper from Free People while the leaves still match it! Free people tends to run a little large for me, so when I got this jumper I immediately had to get the straps hemmed. I was out of contact with this beaut for a couple months because it was in California, but now I have it back and cant stop wearing it!

When I think of Fall, the first color that comes to mind is dark orange. I think this color looks fabulous on just about anyone who wears it, and is so versatile with fall colors. The other colors I think of are black and white, in the spirit of Halloween. I chose this shirt from also Free People because of the ruffles and the attractive horizontal stripes. The ruffles are inconvenient when cooking or actually being a productive human haha, but when just strolling around the Zoo’s downtown, its the perfect eye-catcher. Not only would I wear this shirt with my jumper, but it also looks great tied in the front with a pair of jeans, or even under a little black dress.

Finally, the bow that tied my outfit together, was my Blundstones. AHH I am OBSESSED with these boots. ( I literally have not taken them off) They’re a perfect Missoula shoe that can we worn in the hot Summers, cool Fall days and the brutal Winters. 10/10 would recommend these boots to anyone! You can buy them at Hide and Soul downtown, just be sure to ask for the student discount! All in all, this was my favorite outfit because it made me feel like I should be picking pumpkins, making pumpkin bread for the fam, and really got me in the Fall spirit!

Riley is looking of into the sun, her hands are up in the air and her selves are flowing.

Riley is holding a strand of her hair and smiling into the sun.


Sarah is kneeling on the fallen leaves. She is wearing a dark green floral top, a tan skirt, and leather boots.

Hey y’all! Happy fall! My name is Sara and I’m a freshman here at UM studying theatre. Fall is definitely my favorite season because it means warm drinks, comfy cute sweaters, and peaceful strolls enjoying the autumn colors and the crisp fall weather.

Fall fashion is another reason I’m in love with the season. I was so excited to find this faux suede skirt on sale at Old Navy at the beginning of the school year, and it has definitely become one of the staple pieces in my wardrobe recently. The neutral color and high waist makes it super flattering on any body type and easy to pair it with really any top. For my shirt, I’m wearing a super soft wrap shirt that I also got on sale at Rue21. To finish off the outfit, I paired it with my signature fringe boots, a handmade Montana necklace, and simple gold hoops.

My makeup is inspired by changing colors of the season. For eyeshadow, I used colors from the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette, Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette, and the Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions palette. I’m wearing my recent favorite highlighter and lip gloss: Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Charming Pink and the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow.

I’m excited for the season ahead at all the tea and apple cider I’ll be drinking this fall. See you guys later!


— Sara

Sarah is sitting on a large tree stump with her legs crossed. She is smiling and looking at the camera.

A close up of Sarah on a bridge, she is looking away and there are trees in the background.


Erin is standing on fallen leaves. She is wearing ripped light wash jeans that are belted with a white baggy sweater tucked into it. There are trees with yellow leaves in the background.

Oh my gosh guys it’s the most magical time of the year! I know that I sound so basic, but it’s true, I absolutely love Fall. And Missoula does Fall the best. The University district is so beautiful this time of year, so I actually don’t mind being on campus. And we might have not been on campus for this shoot, but we still loved it.

For this shoot, I wore my absolute favorite turtleneck sweater, I got it on sale at H&M this summer and I’m so happy that it’s finally cold enough to wear it. These pants are from American Eagle, and they are surprisingly comfortable.

I hope you all are loving this Missoula Autumn as much as we are!

Erin is sitting on the fallen leaves and looking to the side.

A close up of Erin in the shadows of the trees.


Ashley is sitting on a stump with her legs crossed. She is wearing a flannel, leggings, and a backwards hat.

Ladies and gents, fall is HERE!! You know what that means!

For me, I tend to stray away from the stereotypical norm of sweaters, uggs, and a pumpkin spice latte. To keep myself cozy my go-to is my signature flannel. Anyone who knows me knows that I live in my flannel from the moment summer leaves until it comes back. Back in high school I actually created a little tradition, starting with my friend group, and then growing beyond called “Flannel Friday.” It’s pretty self explanatory, but me and all my friends would wear a flannel every Friday, post about it on Snapchat, and point out anyone else wearing a flannel, intentionally or unintentionally, and cheer on their style savvy. This flannel that I chose for this shoot is my absolute favorite of mine, and the one you are most likely to see me wearing. It’s comfy, fits me perfectly, and keeps me warm. I snuck it out of my high school theatre department’s costume inventory, along with every other flannel they had, so I have an extensive selection in my closet. It also has some sentimental value to me because when I got it, there was a manufacturing error that took it in at the side, but I was able to seam rip it out and sew it back together in under 2 minutes!!

One thing that I DEFINITELY give in to when it comes to the stereotypical styles of the season is leggings!! Why would anyone wear anything else? Oh my goodness, they are so comfy and cozy and they go with literally EVERYTHING; whether it be sweaters or flannels or anything in between, nothing beats a good ol’ pair of basic black leggings. I was able to snag this pair in a 2 pack at Costco for a very reasonable $12. They’re high waisted, which pairs perfectly with my favorite crop tops to show off just enough of my midriff and my scars! This crop top in particular was an “Awesome”gift from my darling friend, Elaina and it is my absolute favorite – and I own a lot of crop tops!!

One of the best things about the cooler weather and the rain coming in is being able to dust off that old pair of boots that have been hiding in your closet all summer! Time to keep our feet warm and dry, and I always make sure to keep my feet warm and cozy by wearing fluffy socks with all of my boots!! For this adorable pair of combat boots, I was able to get them from Macy’s for a STEAL!!! They were originally around $65, but they were on sale for $28 and I didn’t even realize it when I went to check out!!! It really is the little surprises in life that are truly special.

And finally, my hat! This girl right here doesn’t know how to really rock a beanie, nor does she own one, so I am quite often wearing a backwards snapback to spice up what’s going on up at the top of my head. This on in particular is a “Bullet Club” hat from Hot Topic, originally $25 but I got it 50% off! If you haven’t heard of the Bullet Club, they are a fantastic group of pro wrestlers that are taking over the world, setting records in wrestling and Hot Topic sales alike! I know pro wrestling isn’t everyone’s style, but it sure does influence mine!

And finally, the little cherry on top that you’ll most likely see me wearing in every photo shoot is my necklace. My boyfriend gave it to me on our 4th date; it is my birthstone in the shape of a heart centered in a sterling silver heart with diamond accents to complete it. It is from Macy’s as well, and it is my absolute favorite piece of jewelry I will ever own.

Ashley is sitting on the fallen leaves and leaning on a tree.

Ashley is standing on a bridge and looking into the distance.


Marlena is standing on leaves, she is wearing a white sweater, plaid skirt, and polka dot nylons. The tree behind her is yellow and has berries.

Fall is sadly coming to a close soon (how crazy right?) and I am so happy that us Trendsetters got to do one last Fall post for you all. I had so much fun putting this outfit together for this photoshoot. Every piece is from Forever 21 except for my boots and jacket which are from Tally Weijl and TJMaxx. Fall is sometimes a bit difficult to dress for because the weather is unpredictable. I think skirts (and even dresses) are a perfect transition piece from Summer to Fall with a pair of cute tights and a sweater because it’s not too warm and not too cold and still sooo cute! Throwing a light jacket over the top for extra cold days is a perfect way to warm the outfit up even more if necessary. I also have been loving the pattern on the skirt for this season and think it would be a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving outfit (or a Fall date). I hope you all get to enjoy the last days of golden leaves and pumpkin patches before the cold begins to set in and snowflakes begin to fall. Wishing for happy days ahead for you today and every day!

Marlena in the trees shadows wearing her jacket.

Marlena smiling and walking towards the camera.


Tessa standing in the forrest. She is wearing a black sweater, denim jeans, and tall leather boots.

Ah! Fall! I usually just let fall pass by rather than actually embracing the season. In the past, I’ve thought of fall as a horrible sign of the impending Montana winter. But, lately I’m trying to think more positively about things in my life, and fall has definitely fallen (ha, get it?) under that umbrella. This fall I’ve tried to make a point to celebrate all that fall has to offer. I’ve never been a fan of the pumpkin spice latte, but I’ve been trying all the other fall drinks that the coffee shops I frequent have to offer (side note: apple cider with caramel from FloCo is TO DIE FOR). I’ve been making a point to appreciate the colors of the leaves when I’m outside, I’m re-reading Harry Potter again, I made Halloween decorations with the kids I babysit.

But one thing I know I haven’t been appreciating enough is fall fashion. The colors! The layers! The boots! The scarves! It’s one of the best seasons for fashion.
For this shoot, I wanted to go pretty simple, but try to pay homage to fall and all it has to offer. I think two huge staples of fall fashion are denim and sweaters. So, I went with my favorite pair of high waisted Levi’s and paired them with an old favorite sweater I got at Francesca’s years ago. If you’re an avid reader of the Trendsetter’s blog, you may recognize these gray boots, considering I’ve worn them in at least 4 shoots. What can I say? They’re cute and comfy and practical in Montana year round. But, I can’t forget the real star of this look, the French Tuck. Thanks, Tan.
Hope you all have an amazing fall and enjoy all that this season has to offer!
Tessa standing in the trees shadows.

Tessa looking off to the side.


Madison standing on the grass, she is wearing a tan skirt and a white sweater. She is holding a cup of coffee and smiling.

This is one outfit I will definitely have on repeat for fall! Sweaters and skirts are my favorite combo and very practical for Missoula (freezing cold mornings & warm evenings). For this photoshoot I wanted the colorful leaves to be the star of the show by keeping things neutral!

Sweaters are obviously always on trend for fall but my other go to trend this year is wearing anything tannish orange colored. I donʼt know if itʼs to match all the fall content Iʼve seen on my Instagram lately or because it goes with just about anything. This tan skirt is from Forever 21 and it could possibly be my most worn item in my closet along with this sweater I borrowed from one my of my friends. I have worn it for 5 days straight (no joke) and donʼt plan on stopping anytime soon!

Even though I HATE the cold Iʼm excited to finally be wearing sweaters, drinking hot coffee, and eating anything pumpkin flavored. Hope you guys are excited for all the fall feed coming!

Madison holding on to a tree and smiling while playing with leaves.

Madison standing on leaves and looking over her shoulder away from the camera.


A close up of Claire smiling at the camera, she is wearing a white off the shoulder top, a teddy jacket, a paper boy hat, and a necklace with a teddy bear on it.

Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons, and this year it seems to be passing so quickly! My goal while dressing for fall is to find something unique, comfortable, and still in trend. I have to say my most “trendy” piece of clothing would be my teddy jacket I ordered off of Amazon. It’s such a simple pice to throw on that makes every outfit cozy and modern. My floral skirt is a pice I got from Zara a while back, it compliments any basic outfit while adding a pop of color. My cream colored shirt is from American Eagle, and although it’s simple the ruffles add femininity to an outfit that is overall pretty slouchy. The teddy bear necklace is from a company called Teddy Fresh and is my way of making this outfit a bit more unique. And, like any good fall outfit, I topped it off with a newsboy hat and a dark red lip. Alright, now everyone should go out and enjoy the rest of fall while it lasts. Drink those PSL’s and carve pumpkins with your family, I know I will.

xxx- Claire

Claire standing on the leaves, her skirt is black with a red floral pattern.

Claire smiling and looking away from the camera.

Photography by Sara Diggins  | @sara_digginsphoto

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!


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 and Caitlin Coving (@cmcoving and 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!


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?


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