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Fall 2018

Summer Lovin’

The trendsetters are excited to start the semester with a summer themed shoot! Today we are reminiscing about our favorite pieces of clothing we collected over the summer and fell in love with.

The trendsetters are all posing on a grassy hill. There are clouds in the sky and the sun is setting behind them.


Danh is posing on a stairway with light blue railings in the background. She is wearing a floral light pink kimono, a white ruffle top, a pair of light blue ripped jeans, and black high heel booties.

it’s always fun to dress up for summer. This summer has  become one of my favorite seasons. Vacation time, icecream and a beautiful summer sunshine with anything to wear.

I love to either go extra or simple in summer but since I love to be extra for everything,  but I went with this simple look. And with an outfit is basic, it’s hard to stand out but sometimes i like to change it up and go for a simple look if I chose to. For this shoot I’ve decided to go extra, But what’s amazing with fashion is that you really get to express your style using different styles, accessories and makeup to show off who you are.

For my outfit this shoot I am wearing a cute white top with a floral cardigan and plain jeans all from forever21 and the boot heels was from H&M.

In summer I love to switch up my style but for this one I wanted to make it classy and and wear bright colors so it brings out the color in me. But lately I’ve been obsessed with jewelry so I decided to add a cute crystal choker I’ve got from icing.

For my makeup, I went all extra I’ve did   contouring to bring out my cheekbones, a warm gold/pink  eye shadow blend to bring out my dark brown eyes and also a matte color lipstick from Sephora.

Danh on the same stairway, her hair blowing in the wind.

Danh is posing on the same stairway.

Danh on the stairway, the photo taken from a lower angle.


Ashley is standing on a bridge wearing a white tank tank top with a large red stripe across the front and two blue stripes on the top and bottom. This is accompanied by a light wash denim skirt and a pair of white sneakers.

This summer I was absolutely “Summer lovin’” my denim skirt! I haven’t had one in my wardrobe since elementary school, and it felt like a piece of me was missing from my closet. Finding this one at TJ Maxx for $7 just made me fall in love all over again!! If you saw me at any point this summer, odds are I was at the baseball fields wearing it paired with some sort of red, white, and blue accents.

Ashley is looking of the bridge. There are trees and grass in the background.

A close up on Ashley's denim skirt.

Ashley playing with her hair and smiling at the camera.


Erin smiling at the camera, the background is a white brick wall. She is wearing a white slip top lined with lace. she has a par of dark green shorts with a belt. A light wash denim jacket is slouching off her shoulders.

It’s so good to be back! I hope you all had an amazing summer, I know mine was a blast. I’m here in Missoula year-round now, I moved into my own apartment and got to enjoy a Missoula Summer (shameless self-plug for my upcoming individual post 😉 ).

I cheated a little bit on the theme of this shoot because almost all of these items are new for me! I started working at Olive + Iron this summer, and I got bunches of cute new clothes. This lacy white tank and the snakeskin high tops are both from Olive + Iron, and I can’t stop wearing them (Bonus points if you can find out which previous Trendsetter wore this top for a shoot last year!). These shorts are from H&M, and they are the item I’m most excited about, I got them on sale for $6. You probably can’t tell, but there is a massive hole in the bottom of one of the pockets. I’ve lost my fair share of bobby pins because of this pocket, but it’s all been worth it, I’m totally in love with these shorts. I’ve always had such a hard time finding flowy shorts that actually fit me right, so I’m gonna call this a success!


A shot of the lacy back on Erin's shirt.

Erin walking away from the camera.

A close up on Erin, her watch is the center piece of the photo.


Marlena is on the bridge. She is facing the view of the river and trees in the background. She is wearing a black turtleneck and black denim jeans.

Hi lovely UM students, welcome back to another semester in the most beautiful state! This year, I was fortunate enough to spend my summer traveling through the west coast and Europe, where there was no shortage of shopping (trust me!!). After all of my adventures around the globe, it is so difficult to choose my favorite piece that I picked up! But I know for sure one of my favorite pieces I acquired was the gorgeous black and white jacket I am wearing, which I bought in Munich, Germany at New Yorker. Now I know it is odd to buy a jacket in summer, but Fall has always been my favorite season and I just couldn’t wait for the apple cider, pumpkin patches, and cozy days. (I always seem to be dreaming of this season…) This jacket is the perfect blend of a simple but staple piece while still looking dressed up in the colder months when all you want to do is bundle up in an oversized sweater. Staple pieces are key for my wardrobe. The black and white pattern pairs well with Fall colors like burnt orange, yellow, burgundy, brown, etc. and will compliment with beautiful Montana and all of its changing leaves and chilly days. Sending you all happy thoughts and well wishes this semester!

Marlena is facing the camera. She has a grey plaid coat on. She is smiling and playing with her hair.

Marlena wearing the coat and looking over her shoulder at the camera.

A close up on Marlena's jacket.


Raneem is on a sidewalk smiling and looking at the camera. She is wearing a red long sleeve top and white denim jeans.

Summer is mostly everyone’s favorite season, you got the cold drinks, the 100 degrees weather, the BBQ and be on a great 3 month vacation in different areas.

My summer has been my favorite season and so far it has been great It’s been filled with camping,walkboarding, fishing but my favorite has been jet skiing. Also going to the fair with friends and light up the fireworks during the Fourth of July, and just in general it is a 3 months stress free.

During summer I would normally wear something either dresses, short, or just wear my swimsuits, but most of the time I would like to either dress up or wear something casual like my red shirt from Victoria secret and my white pants from Hollister that are ripped knees jeans. To top it all off I wore my black sperrys that you could wear on boat for the summer or just casually wear it during camping. I picked this particular favorite summer outfit because of the vibrant colors it gives during the summer and it wouldn’t keep you hot because it’s a nice flowy long sleeve shirt that way I wouldn’t sweat much.

Raneem walking away from the camera and looking back.

A close up on Raneem's jeans.A close up on Raneem.


Dina is posing in front of an orange storefront. She is wearing a white t-shirt tucked into a pair of mid-cut denim jeans. She is also carrying a crossbody tan bag.

Outfits and style can be changes over the season. In cold weather we wear sweaters, jacket and others warm clothes to make our body warm, but we also wants to keep it Look stylish.

On the other hand, when it’s come to summer time, we will we try to look as nice as we can because we have so many chance to wear cute outfits at this time. Whether we want wear skirt, tank top with short, Overalls, this time is the best ever to look classy. This summer have been spend my time in Portland and what I got to wear a lot is my overalls, shorts and simple shirt and t-shirt. Also I always bring different kind of bags, depence on what outfits I wear at that time to make it more stylish. I really love to wear short because it easy for me to move when I go around the city in Portland. As you can see in this picture, this is how I look when it’s come to summer time and this style that I picked from my Summer 2018. Oh yeah, I don’t really spend much money to buy my outfits. Most of my Outfits over the summer are from H&M, Forever 21 and Thrifted store. For this shoot, both my Shirt and Shorts I got from GoodWill Missoula. They are just so cheap and easy to wear on Summer time. For my shoes they are from Rue 21 Missoula as well. Last one is my favorite Waist Bag, I got from Ross. Isn’t it cute? anyways, I really love this style.

Dina is sitting on the sidewalk and smiling.

Dina walking away from the camera. You can see the back of her jean shorts.

Dina walking away from the camera, looking back.


Madison looking up at the camera. She is on a blue metal stairway wearing a white graphic tee and a neon yellow zip up skirt.

I don’t know about you guys but I am NOT ready for this summer to end, all my cute clothes need the warmth! I spent this summer in my hometown, Seattle, and that means my summer was filled with shopping (went pretty much every day no joke). So of course, I couldn’t just pick one favorite piece from this summer and luckily my favorite items just so happened to go together and be one of my favorite looks. That being said a graphic tee and some sort of fun pant is my go to! This graphic tee is from Zara, it says “sometimes young minds overflow” …kind of relatable? The bold colors on top of a simple tee make this shirt go with just about anything, by far my most complimented piece in my closet from this summer.

Moving on, can we talk about this skirt?! I picked up this goodie in the sale section at Urban Outfitters in San Diego. Anyone that knows me knows that yellow is my favorite color and has been a trendy color for a while now. Not only is the color amazing but I love the zipper in the front which gives it a little edge

Last but not least these shoes, I found them at buffalo exchange (my go to store in Seattle) for only $30! And they’re originally from All Saints, and for anyone that does know what that is it is pricey. Platform shoes are my favorite kind of shoe these days, they bring a little more character to a basic sneaker without going to overboard.

Well there you have it, all my favorite summer pieces in one outfit. Sad to see the sunshine go but excited for all the new Fall finds!

Madison walking up the stairs. She is looking away from the camera.

A close up on Madison's shirt and skirt.

Madison sitting on the stairs.


Teya is sitting on a picnic table. She is wearing a red crewneck sweatshirt, short denim jeans, and white sneakers.

This summer, I was obsessed with lots of 90’s inspired looks. With this in mind, my favorite item that I picked up are a perfect pair of vintage shorts. I thrifted them from Divine Trash, which is a rare win for me, since I am the worst at thrift shopping. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wear them everyday… They went with anything, I especially loved wearing my all white Air Force 1’s with them! If you have trouble thrift shopping, I recommend going on a day that you have lots of time and patience.  Sometimes it takes a hot minute to find your thrifted treasure, but it’s always so worth it!

Teya leaning on her fist.

Teya leaning back on the picnic table.

Teya still on the picnic table.


Jamie spinnin in the sunset. She is wearing a pair of floral shorts and a white crewneck sweater. The background is green because of the trees and the grass.

I chose these shorts because they are different from anything else I own. I was drawn to the pastel, floral pattern because it looked very vintage and beautiful. I found these in the vintage section at Betty’s Divine for like $8 and thought they would be the perfect item to add to my summer clothes.

Jamie facing the camera.

Jamie's back facing the camera.

Jamie turning back at the camera.


Claire is on the sidewalk, she is wearing a long floral cream back with a lace up back. Her shoes are a burgundy color.

In general, summer tends to be my least favorite part of the year. I’m far away from friends, the heat makes me want to die, and work is exhausting. However, this summer I was on a mission to not let this stop me on my trail to self discovery. I have been doing quite a bit of thinking in regards to eco friendly and sustainable fashion. Although most of my wardrobe is thrifted, I am on occasion a person who grabs cheap stuff here and there from large companies.

This summer I was focused on the idea of buying a couple of pieces that I LOVE instead of buying a bunch of cute pieces I will give away come next summer. While doing my research I found a website called Reformation that is an eco friendly and sustainable source of fashion. Many of the products are made out of deadstock or vintage fabrics, and although they can be pricey I like to consider pieces like this as an investment. This is where the dress I’m wearing is from.

It encompases the bright and sunny part of the year while also allowing a little splash of the 90’s in with the Gwyneth Paltrow circa red carpet cut of the dress. I can just picture myself sipping ice tea on my porch before my date with Brad Pitt while wearing this dress. I decided to pair this dress with a simple wishbone necklace my mother gave me years ago. My finishing touches were my cherry red vegan Doc Martens in the oxford style. I accompanied this with a blushy and dewy makeup look and was ready to go. The dress, by far, was my favorite piece of clothing I picked up over the summer.

Claire smiling and looking at the sidewalk.

A close up on Claire's necklace and the top of her dress.

Claire walking away from the camera and looking back.


Savanah smiling and looking at the camera. She is wearing a floral top, a necklace, and Levi's jeans.

It’s fun to wear a cute floral dress or a skirt on a hot Summer day but quite frankly it just isn’t practical because if you’re anything like me Summer is playtime, and the last thing you want is a cute outfit excluding you from jumping on the back of a moped or fearlessly strolling downtown on a windy afternoon. That is why I always aim to incorporate practicality into my OOTD’s.

This summer I lived for anything denim. My go-to, however, were these denim high-waisted Levi’s paired with a crop-top or a bodysuit. I thrifted these Levi’s two summers back at a local second-hand store, and since have paired them in a series of combinations from dressing them up to dressing them down. I usually cuff the bottoms in order to add some dimension to the straight leg which can be quite plain at times especially if you are aiming for a dressier look. As for a top, I almost always will opt for a form fitting/flattering blouse that will contrast the looseness of the jeans. A pair of heels or flats create length and add a sense of command to the final look. I am wearing a chunky pair of brown Dansko heels, they are so comfortable and easy to walk in.

This outfit is perfect for a night when you want to look effortlessly cute and trendy, but don’t want to worry about the wind blowing your skirt up or an outfit change in the case that your night turns a little more adventurous.

Savanah facing away from the camera, she has flowers in her back pocket.

Savanah is smiling and looking away from the camera.Savanah is looking at the camera, her hands are in her pocket.

Photography by Aleksandra Wąs | @fotografed_

Summer 2017

What To Wear: Missoula First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, galleries and museums in Downtown Missoula host First Friday Gallery Night. First Friday is a chance to enjoy new art exhibits, spend time with friends and experience the energy of a lively downtown Missoula evening. Not to mention, there’s usually complimentary wine and food. When you live in Missoula, MT there aren’t many occasions to dress up or have fun with fashion. So when First Friday rolls around, we like to take the opportunity to get a little funky with our outfits.


If you haven’t been to a First Friday here in Missoula, I highly suggest you do. It’s such a great experience to float from art gallery to art gallery and take in the amazing art Missoulians have to offer (not to mention all the tasty food). Here, I chose an outfit that was comfy yet cool for a night downtown.

I decided to go with one of my favorite tanks I found at a consignment store in California, a black crossed bralette, my favorite ripped black jeans and a black cardigan. This cardigan is great: the tassels add a little somethin’ and it’s super light. It’s perfect for a summer night out when you want to layer just in case but you don’t have to worry about getting too hot.

For shoes, I decided to go with some black wedged booties. They’re dressy but super comfortable for walking downtown! For accessories I went with some layered chokers with a cool purple stone necklace. Layering necklaces is such a fun way to add some edginess to an outfit; sometimes more is more! So get out there, enjoy some art, food and, the downtown specialness Missoula has to offer.


It’s always fun to go out for First Friday in Missoula: it’s an excuse to dress up and see all that Missoula’s downtown has to offer! I tried to dress up a little, while also keeping it simple and functional.

I put together a black t-shirt crop top from Zara and black mini-skirt from H&M to create a sort of two piece look, and then threw on my favorite floral sweater (also from H&M) to add some color to the look.

Since First Friday involves a lot of walking around, I wore black wedge booties from White Mountain, which made me feel a little more dressed up, but are also super easy and comfortable to walk in. I feel like this outfit is perfect for going to the Art Museum, going out for drinks, or just exploring downtown!


First Friday in the summertime is one of the most fun things about Missoula. The temperature is perfection, it’s light out until late and it’s a fun chance to rock something cute and go look at art with your friends.

When brainstorming the vibe I wanted for this outfit, I came up with “artsy, sexy, chic.” Tbh, I think I nailed it. I’ve been playing around with my style more recently, and it’s been so much fun to try new things and get out of my comfort zone a little more. For this look, I’m wearing a very 90’s white cropped halter from Forever21 with a pair of Joie black silk culottes from Cloth & Crown. I really like how the tighter top creates a nice balance alongside the loose pants.

To accessorize I’m wearing a pair of hoop earrings from Luca + Grae, and taupe lace up heeled sandals from Bohme. Since the main pieces in this outfit are pretty simple, I love the elements of texture and glam the accessories bring to the look. As for my hair, I pulled it up into a half up half down bun. I’ve been loving this hairstyle recently, and find that it almost acts as a statement piece on it’s own.


“First Friday” is a special day for sightseeing all of Missoula’s art. For my first outfit, I kept it simple with flower patterns in black and white colors. I chose basic colors because I wanted to make each colorful art piece stand out against my outfit. At the same time, l hope flowers remind people of the pursuit of art and beauty.

My leather overalls show not only modern fashion through the outstanding fabric, but they’re also able to perform dynamic motion which makes it convenient to walk around the galleries. My top is from American Apparel and I picked up the overalls from Forever 21.

For accessories, I am wearing a hair band with a flower pattern which perfectly matches the concept of my top. Also, I decided to make a statement and went with my favorite tiny cute bag from Top 10. Sliver rings are great add-ons and helpful – when it comes to going well with the chain part on the bag!

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonxsmiles |