Here at Trendsetters at the U, we love Missoula, Montana. It’s a town with character, culture and community and is definitely not a bad place to go to school. Since a huge part of what the Trendsetters wear and who we are as people, is our college town, we thought putting together a post centered around Missoula was essential. Since there are so many hot spots around town, and it was near impossible to narrow our list down even more than we already did, this post will be a series split up into three parts, showing you where we like to go, what we like to do and what we like to wear while doing it. So we present to you a tour of Missoula – Trendsetters at the U edition.
Nothing is better than a fall day ice cream date with your girls. Seriously, I am incredibly lucky to only live a few blocks away from Big Dipper Ice Cream shop and Missoula is unbelievably proud to support this local business!
For this ice cream date outfit, I chose to stay with neutral colors. I picked this plain colored shirt to go with a detailed kimono so that there weren’t too many patterns going on. I got the tan shirt with a slight amount of front detailing and the paisley print kimono from The Buckle. I was able to add a little bit more detail to my outfit by wearing ripped jeans, although any style of jean would work. These light skinny jeans came from another local boutique in Missoula called Sora & Company.
To stick with the neutral colored theme I had going, I picked these classic tan Sperrys from my shoe collection. And in my mind, you can never go wrong with wearing Sperrys in college or anywhere. Jewelry usually helps dress up your outfit. Try pairing your favorite bracelets with a simple necklace for a minor addition to your daily outfit.
I am an ice cream enthusiast, connoisseur and aficionado. If there is ice and there is cream I will be there, sugar cone at the ready, for some frozen goodness. So, I guess it’s pretty handy that I have one of the best ice cream places in the nation (as voted by Good Morning America, Sunset Magazine, Food and Wine etc.) at my disposal.
For this outfit, I went for an overall sense of “cool,” pun intended. I don’t know about you but nothing screams cool like a hat, a black hat, a sleek black hat that by some miracle happens to fit my giant head. Said hat is from Target. My pastel green top from Urban Outfitters reminds me of my third favorite flavor of ice cream, mint chip, and therefore seemed appropriate for this Missoula landmark.
My jeans are from American Eagle and are convenient for plastering down any ice cream belly you may obtain from living in Missoula and always having Big Dipper at your fingertips. The brown booties from TJ Maxx add some chicness to the overall simple outfit and make my stubby legs look hella long while lifting my booty to Kardashian status…jk my butt’s a 7.6 on a good day.
Anyone who said diamonds are a girl’s best friend has never had a single mocha-chip sugar cone from Big Dipper—oh, that’s just me? I’m always up for a spontaneous ice cream trip, especially with how much the sun has been out lately!
For this outfit, I decided to go with a playful graphic crop top, my go-to black Hollister skinny jeans and my favorite classic, high top Vans. To finish this look, I’m wearing a choker from Rue 21, a couple of fun geometric rings, and a belt from H&M to tie in the gold details. A perfect outfit for getting a scoop with some pals!
Everyone likes ice cream, that’s a given, but going out to get Big Dipper ice cream is a special treat. The whole experience of going is great. The atmosphere surrounding the place is fun and playful, the workers are all super friendly and the ice cream itself is phenomenal.
My yellow sun dress is from Hollister. As for my gray cardigan, it’s something that I stole from my sister’s closet years ago, so unfortunately I have no clue what brand it is or where she got it. I also got my scarf from my sister, but instead of stealing it, she gave it to me as a Christmas present. Overall, I tried to keep my outfit fun and colorful to match the vibe Big Dipper gives off
When I think of the Farmers’ Market, a few things that come to mind are sunshine, lattes and, of course, a veggie or two! But, my favorite thing about the market is that no one is afraid to express their own style. On any given Saturday as you make your way through downtown Missoula, you see all types of fashion, whether that’s a sundress with Birks or a choker with a lip piercing, but that’s what I love most about the market!
For me, I tend to think of the farmers’ market as the perfect place to wear a dainty summer look, and nothing says dainty quite like a cute floral print. For this outfit, I decided to start with a more subtle pattern to correlate with the sweet summer vibe I was going for. I then combined this with a flowy, solid tank which coordinated nicely with the pastel blue in the skirt.
When it comes to accessories, less can definitely be more and for this look I thought too much accessorizing would be a little overpowering. With this in mind, I decided to keep it clean with a simple brown belt to cinch in my waist and give me a little more shape, without making the overall look too heavy.
For the last part of my outfit, I went with a simple brown ankle boot to add a little bit of formality to the look (as opposed to a sandal which would have been more casual.) The brown boot tied in well with the belt and made me feel a little more elegant cause, let’s be honest ladies, who doesn’t like feeling a little fancy-shmancy from time to time!
I love the Missoula Farmer’s Market. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by flowers, food and friends on a crisp Saturday morning. It might sound ridiculous to some people, but I love dressing the part when going to the Farmer’s Market. Florals, flowy dresses/skirts and floppy hats are a definitely my go-to, but since it’s getting cooler I had to figure out how to incorporate them without freezing to death.
For this look I’m wearing a cropped camel sweater from Forever21 with an L.A Hearts cream knitted grandpa cardigan layered over the top. This sweater is extremely cozy, yet doesn’t take away from the lightness of the outfit. The floral midi skirt that I’m wearing is from Forever21, and just screams “Farmer’s Market” to me. I absolutely love the boho-chic element it brings into the look, and it covers the majority of my legs, which keeps them on the warmer side. Lastly, I’m finishing off this outfit with a floppy hat from World Market, a Lat & Lo coordinates necklace from Cloth & Crown, and a pair of booties from Forever21.
Missoula offers so many activities, attractions and recreations that you can never run out of things to do. One of the most famous Missoula attractions is the Farmers’ Market that happens every Saturday from May to October. They sell fruits, vegetables, flowers and some of the best waffle sandwiches you’ll ever find. Throughout the time the Farmers’ Market is open in Missoula, the weather changes quite a bit. May to August tends to stay on the warmer side, but once you hit mid-September it tends to drop in degrees. Here in Missoula we have learned to adapt, that is why I chose this cozy, but stylish, outfit.
I have a few different styles that all mesh together in one and this one I consider my “preppy” style. I wore a long sleeve button down from Abercrombie and Fitch and paired it with my Patagonia vest. I absolutely love this vest because it’s so warm, but still light enough to put in your bag when you don’t want to wear it anymore. I paired those with Joe’s jeans.
Fall is my favorite time of year because you get to bring out the booties. The booties I wore are by Vince Camuto and are my favorite. For my accessories I wore a pearl necklace because your preppy outfit isn’t complete without them.
Waking up early isn’t always fun, especially on weekends. But when it’s to go to the Farmer’s Market, that’s a completely different story! There’s something about walking around to the different booths with a warm coffee and just looking at all the different things each merchant has to offer. For my outfit, I decided to keep it cute and casual. My blue shirt is from Apricot Lane and my scarf is from PacSun, they both compliment each other and my scarf also brings out different colors and incorporates dimension into the look.
My green jacket, which is a staple in my closet, is from Forever 21 and it’s so warm and cozy! My long black boots are from Charming Charlie’s, and they’re unique because if their pattern as well as the silver zipper on the side. For accessories, I chose to wear my blue Michael Kors purse to add a pop of color. The size is also a bonus since I don’t need much for the market!
The walking bridge, or pedestrian bridge, was on of the first “must-sees” I actually experienced in Missoula. It was an early evening in fall, and as my friends and I were walking towards Five Guys, we crossed the bridge. What caught my attention most, other than the adorable lamp-posts, was the feeling of tranquility that settled over anyone who walks over the bridge. You forget about your worries for a few minutes and just enjoy the natural beauty that Missoula was blessed with.
The feeling I get every time I walk over that bridge makes me want to be my best self, so that’s what I aimed to do with my look. These high-waisted skinny jeans from Sora & Company are stretchy, comfortable, and so chic. I paired them with my trusty American Eagle booties for maximum comfort and class.
On top, I’m wearing a nude camisole and a delicate, floral kimono gifted to me by a dear friend. This combination makes me feel whimsical and free, matching the atmosphere of the bridge. I accessorized this look with my favorite black hat from the World Market. I feel most like myself in this look, and it’s an ideal one for strolling over the bridge to look out onto the Clark Fork River int he evening.
First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Dina Merani and I am from Papua, which is the eastern part of Indonesia. I am a freshman at the University of Montana and my major is Nature Based Tourism. I am so happy to be here. Here I can make a lot of friends and join some clubs that relate to myself, such as dance class, soccer with other International students, and now the Trendsetters at The U.
I am so happy to be a member of Trendsetters at The U. By joining this group, I can show to people who I am by what I wear and my style. I love to have a new style every single day because it makes me more fashionable. Maybe some people think that I am crazy, but I really love fashion.
Well, I have done one photo shoot and it was awesome. For my outfit, I decided to keep it simple. I wore white skinny shorts, which I got from H&M; it looks pretty and cute on me. Also, I wore a white t-shirt and cardigan, both from Dillards. It looks perfect and matches with my white shorts. The last piece is my favorite one: my yellow shoes. I chose these shoes because they look simple. I got these shoes during the summer from H&M.
One of the first places I went to when I moved to Missoula was this bridge. My friends and I went to Big Dipper on our first day in Missoula and then walked back and had a mini photoshoot surrounded by the lights. So, I decided to take inspiration from my first outfit in Missoula and apply it to this destination. This bridge is just the perfect place for a walk: right next to the river, trees all around, the lights and the cute little love locks. After a tough day of classes, I’d come here and just look down the river and calm down a bit.
On this particular day, I chose to wear my new gray, long, fitted tee from H&M. I’m obsessed with this longer fit, and you can definitely tell by my long, fitted, black-and-white flannel. For bottoms, as usual, I wore my black distressed pants, these particular ones from Maurices. And since we are FINALLY into fall, i wanted to add a little bit of it into my outfit and wore my dark tan suede Chelsea boots, which i thrifted just last year, and have not worn them nearly enough. But here comes fall, and here I come with these boots.
The walking bridge is a unique characteristic that is associated with the U of M campus. It’s less than a mile from the Oval and provides students a lighted path to get home or get groceries. It has even become the Pont des Arts bridge of Missoula scattered with “Love Locks.” When I visit this location, it’s more of a stopping point than a place to show my affection. When I’m near it I’m always either on a walk with friends or skating the day’s stress away. What I’m usually wearing correlates with what activity I’m currently doing at the moment. Lately, the weather feels more like the transition between spring and summer and I’m secretly in love with it, even though it makes global warming apparent.
On this warm day, I took in the sunshine by cruising on my Sector8 longboard. To do this I like to be comfortable and wear things that are not distracting from my movement, hence my Nike Pro leggings and flowy white tank top. To keep this look casual, I threw on a gray bomber jacket in case of changing weather. The standout piece that makes or breaks this outing are my shoes! I recently acquired Nike Bruin Hyperfeels in my favorite color, and they impact the way I cruise. They have a great grip, cushioned impact and are the right type of snug. However you find yourself stumbling upon the bridge, whether it be a walk or biking, make sure stop to enjoy the view of the river.
I have been crossing the pedestrian walking bridge that leads to the University since I was old enough to go to football games at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. This bridge was one of my favorite parts of my childhood because I always got to see the guy playing the drums before every game. It only made sense that I took pictures on it for our Tour of Missoula.
Fall kind of represents new life to me. It’s the beginning of a new school year, the seasons change so nature can renew itself in the spring and it’s the best time of year to get the best deals on new clothes! That wasn’t the case for me with this outfit, though. Not too long ago some of my friends were getting rid of some clothes and that is where I discovered this hand-me-down cream sweater that I claimed as mine. I paired it with a navy blue tank top underneath to give it some dimension and then added a scarf of that same color on top. It is the perfect size scarf for fall; not too heavy, but heavy enough to keep you warm from the cooler temperatures.
Black leggings go with just about everything, especially these fantastic ones from Victoria’s Secret. And if you are anything like me, any type of heel appeals to your eye. These SODA heeled boots are my life in the fall and winter because they are so comfortable. Fall is here, so embrace it!
On any given night in Missoula, as you gaze down the Clark Fork, you can’t help but notice the bridge which spans across the river from the East Broadway area. It stands as a perfect little gateway of illuminated light into the university area. The bridge has a beautiful glow, but also happens to be sprinkled with locks of the many relationships who have decided to leave their mark in Missoula. With this romantic essence in mind, I was excited to do a shoot at this location and to have the opportunity to pick an outfit which exemplified this charming vibe!
If you’ve happened to see any of my other Trendsetter posts, you’ve probably noticed skirts are kinda my thing. Somehow I end up incorporating skirts into about eighty percent of my looks without even meaning to! So, for my outfit at the bridge location, of course I decided to start with a simple, chic, black skirt, which I feel is an essential and versatile piece to have in any wardrobe.
From there, I started thinking about what other pieces I wanted to incorporate in order to have a look that was a little more appropriate for fall weather. I decided on a long sleeve striped shirt to add a bit of color to the look while still sticking with a color scheme that worked well for an autumn look.
From there, I wanted to keep the rest of the look clean and uniform, so I stuck with black for the rest of my pieces. As far as accessories, I felt a black scarf and black tights worked well and the addition of a black belt added a little bit of edginess and an extra dimension. Picking which shoes I want to wear is always the hardest part for me, but going with a black heeled bootie felt like just the right combo of sass and sophistication!
Photography by Michelle Dufflocq | @michelledufflocq | and McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography