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Spring 2018

Downtown Denim

Jazz and Nancy

Group shot laughing in the alley

If you’re a usual Trendsetters at the U reader, you know how obsessed with denim we are. So, we figured that we were way past due for a whole denim-inspired shoot. So, without further ado, here is the long-awaited Downtown Denim shoot.


Mackenzie in the alley

DOWNTOWNNNNNNNN!!!! There are few things that I like more than a denim jacket and downtown Missoula, so I was really fond of this shoot. I really liked my outfit so much so that i have committed the biggest crime of outfit repeating (Lizzie McGuire reference) and wore it a few days before for my birthday outfit. My shoes I got on sale from Old Navy from when I was a senior in High School. They have walked so many miles and not only are they very comfortable they are very fashoniable with the pointed toe. They might be my least expensive pair of shoes ($6) and my most worn within the past winter and fall. My pants are from Romwe, that online store that is similar to SheIn and Cupshe. I got them for around $15. I think they are really comfortable and can really make an outfit feel more professional and not as casual. My shirt is a little sleeveless white crop top from Target but I actually borrowed it from my roommate (thanks Constance!) The star of the show I believe to be is my thrifted jean jacket. I am so in love with this piece in my closet and I think it might be my favorite. I picked it up at Goodwill about a month ago for $7!!!! It is the best thing in the world and I would consider this such a steal since it is not only the PERFECT wash, but it also is the brand Eddie Bauer. I love it so much. I finished my look with my Fossil brand watch in rose gold.

Mackenzie lounging on stairs

Mackenzie with the alley and buildings behind her

Mackenzie posing on the steps of a fire escape

Mackenzie walking in the alley


Erin in her outfit

I’ve only lived in Missoula for seven short months, but I’ve quickly fallen head-over-heels in love with the downtown area. Any given weekend, you can find me grabbing a coffee at Liquid Planet, restocking my tea supply at Butterfly Herbs, or finishing up some homework at Break Espresso. There is so much to do here and the shops are so friendly and inviting. And the walk across the river? It’s so beautiful I could melt.

I had a ton of fun with this photoshoot. I love denim and end up incorporating it into almost every outfit I wear, so it was hard to pick just one piece! I eventually made my mind up and went with these gorgeous wide leg pants. I got them at a shop in Madrid this last summer, so they are very special to me. They are perfect because they are loose enough to keep me cool in the summer, but cover up enough to keep me warm in the fall and spring. I decided to pair these babies with a turtleneck I got from a Goodwill here in Missoula. It’s one of my favorite pieces, and it makes any outfit a little more cozy. I couldn’t be happier with the combination, it’s so cute and so comfy all at the same time. Hope to see you all downtown!

Erin leaning against a brick wall

Erin in the alley

Erin leaning against a brick wall

Erin in the alley

Full body shot of Erin against the brick wall


Nancy sitting on the ground leaning against the brick wall

When I think of denim, I think of my favorite jean jacket and how gosh darn hard it is to find the perfect pair of jeans! So when we decided to do a post about denim, I knew I wouldn’t be rocking any jeans, but instead my favorite denim overall dress! As you can probably tell by now if you read our 90s post or peeked my Instagram, I am a huge fan of this overall comeback. This overall dress is one of my favorite versions of this fashion trend. Purchased about a year ago at Forever 21, this  is one of my favorite pieces for any time of the year.  I love how this dress brings some whimsy to whatever I’m wearing, whether it’s chilly out with my grey striped turtleneck from Gap or in the summer with a tank top and flip flops. To complete this downtown denim look, I wore my Blowfish sneakers from Olive+Iron and sunglasses from Target. I’ve had a great time pretending it’s spring these past few weeks in outfits like this!

Nancy leaning against a brick wall

Nancy sitting on the ground in the alley

Nancy up against the brick wall looking at the camera


Madison leaning against a bike rack.

I wish we could’ve done this photoshoot at least 10 more times because I just love wearing anything denim! Denim is such an important piece in my closet and you can style it in a lot of ways, so it was hard just to choose one piece. For this look, I decided to make my jeans the center piece by wearing a simple black shirt from H&M and my black vans. The best part of these high waisted mom jeans is that they were only 6$ from a thrift store and they feel super authentic. Mom jeans are very trendy at the moment and I’m all for it! You can wear them with just about anything for an effortlessly fashionable look, and they look amazing on everyone.

Madison posing in front of a brick wall

Madison leaning against a brick wall

Madison sitting on a bike rack


Dina leaning on a windowsill

“Denim is huge for fall, but it always huge and it always will be. It’s universally accepted by kids, teenagers and adults.“

-Mossimo Giannulli

When we’re walking downtown, we might see that most of people there are wearing denim, maybe not all of them, at least one or two.

This Denim Downtown shoot with Trendsetters was fun and I’m glad that I could spend my Sunday with a little sun downtown and wear my denim with these people.

Before we had the shoot, we walked for little bit in downtown as a group to find a good spot for our photoshoot, which was fun.

One fact about me, I don’t usually wear denim and in the past I didn’t wear denim. I was not big fan of denim until after 2017. As I mentioned before in my Meet the Trendsetters post, my favorite closet item is a skirt. However, after I joined Trendsetters I tried to find some denim that I liked and that looked good on me and now I am in love with denim. I also just realized that most denims are blue and blue is my happy color.

For this photo shoot I grabbed my long ripped jeans that I have had for almost 8 years and still look new because I don’t usually wear them. I got them from Indonesian Traditional Market and it probably cost about $5 and I put it together with my cute and favorite blue top and denim jacket that I got from H&M.

Finally, I decided to wear my beautiful sparkling heels that I got  from Forever 21.

Dina laughing and walking downtown

Dina with her jacket off showing the ruffles of her shirt

Dina posing in an alley

Dina posing to show the ruffles on her off the shoulder top


Aline posing in the alley

There are few things I love more than denim. Denim jackets, jeans, denim button-ups, overalls, I’m there. Denim is a true classic, constantly evolving from decade to decade and I don’t know about you, but during this particular decade, I can’t get enough. For this shoot I was psyched to incorporate one of my favorite pieces, my black ASOS overalls. I wear them at least twice a week and this is one of my go-to looks. My bright red sweater from H&M creates a fun contrast within the black denim and is a fun statement piece. I finished off the outfit with my white converse and I was ready to head downtown with some of my favorite ladies!

Aline in the alley with her hands in her pockets

Aline sitting criss cross looking up and smiling

Aline standing and posing

Aline sitting on the ground and posing


Jazzer-Rae posing with one hand in her pocket

I feel like denim has really been in lately, it’s timeless and so versatile. It took me awhile to get on the overall train but I am so glad I did. I have been OBSESSED with this overall dress from H&M that I am wearing for this outfit. I love it because I can wear a sweater under it and some tights during the colder months but I can also just throw on a tee underneath when the sun is out. For this outfit I decided to keep it simple for a more down to earth feel, I am wearing a long sleeved pink shirt from H&M of course and my go to classic black Converse. Oh, and don’t forget accessories! I decided to throw on my favorite gold hexagon earrings, which I have been absolutely been loving lately. So casual and so cute!

Jazzer-Rae smiling up

Jazzer-Rae posing in the alley

Jazzer-Rae staring off

Jazzer-Rae looking down

Photography by: Jazzer-Rae Englert | @skeletonxsmiles and Chy Gonzalaz | @_simply.classic_

Spring 2017

Your Complete Going Out Style Guide To Missoula, Montana

After a long week full of lecture halls, exams, and essays, my favorite way to relax is going out with some friends for dinner and a few drinks. I’ve styled three outfits for two different types of scenes. I kept the jeans the same for all three because all outfits are for Spring time and I love breaking out the light washed pants when for these months coming up.

The first two outfits are for a more high-end place. In Missoula, for example, Plonk, Ironhorse, or maybe another restaurant where you know you’ll just be sitting, catching up with your friends.

The first look is more for when the weather warms up. The top is a sheer bohemian print oversized blouse, which I’ve paired with a white bralette underneath. You could totally do a tank top as well, but I just love the look of the bralette peaking through around my neck. Usually restaurants like the ones I listed have pretty dim lighting, and the shirt isn’t see-through by any means, Idon’t think it’s terribly revealing.

The second high-end location outfit is actually lingerie (shh, don’ tell.) The tank is from Target’s intimate’s section but I put a black bralette underneath, and it’s not revealing anyways. Adding this army green bomber jacket over compliments the colors of the flowers and I love absolutely how classy this outfit is. I can’t wait to wear it out.

For both of these outfits I kept it simple with open toed, black suede block heels. I wouldn’t always recommend wearing heels out but when you’re going to be pretty low-key and relaxed, it’s safe in my opinion.

The third and final outfit is my go-to for the regular bar scene here in the Zoo: Red’s, Missoula Club, Golden Rose, The Rhino. I always bring a small bag with just the essentials: phone, wallet, lip balm or lipstick, keys (if you’re the DD.) I prefer a purse with a zipper closure when going out because you never know if something could fall out or someone could reach in.

As far as the outfit, ALWAYS closed toed shoes. I love these little brown booties with jeggings. I literally wear them all the time. I say close toed shoes for a couple reasons: intoxicated people spilling drinks and your precious toes being in danger. I don’t know about you but I don’t want sticky feet from someone spilling a mixed drink and I sure do not want a broken toe from them being stepped on. It’s just a safer bet to go out with your feet safe and sound.

As for the top of the outfit, I have on a plain black shirt with an army green over shirt, I sometimes substitute for a flannel this time of year. I say this is the perfect outfit because it’s still chilly outside, so you can wear the over shirt, but when you get inside a bar just tie it around your waist because it’s more than likely going to be a stuffy/warm atmosphere.

Depending on the night and the specific outfit my makeup changes every time. However, I typically always keep my hair straight unless it’s a special occasion because curls will more than likely fall throughout the night of running around and dancing the night away. Recently hoops and chokers have made a come back in the fashion world and I have to say, I’m super into it. I’ve been wearing these hoops for everything, as well as some variation of a choker or short length necklace.

The semester is almost over and I’m sure we will all need at least one night to let loose here pretty soon with finals coming up. Hopefully you enjoyed my tips and tricks to having a good and toe-injury free night!


Written by Brittani Norman | @brittanipaige

Photography by Lakyn Connors