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Spring 2017

What To Wear To Graduation

Graduation season is upon us! We couldn’t be more excited for our UM grads and for some much needed summer vacation. Whether you’re graduating, attending a graduation ceremony, or simply want to dress up a little for a grad party, here are three different looks to help you decide what to wear to graduation.


The time has come: college graduation. Five years in the making, usually four if you’re one of those rare ducklings that go into it knowing exactly what you’re doing with your life or the stars align for you and all your classes fall into place. Either way, I made it! The time to walk across the stage in an ugly, oversized, high school choir-esque, gown is finally just days away. I don’t know about you fellow graduates out there, but I’m going to celebrate like Daisy should have when she was reunited with the dreamy, Jay Gatsby; aside from her clothing in the newest film adaptation, she was entirely too plain-vanilla to party anyways, in my opinion.

Nevertheless, let’s talk about what will be hiding underneath that giant tablecloth that will be zipped around my body only to be topped with a graduation hat, likely to flatten the curls I will be putting in hours before. Here at UM our gowns are just plain black. As much as black is my favorite color to wear, it would blend in entirely too much and look even more frumpy than those gowns already do. So, a bright color it is! While this is not the actual dress I will be wearing to graduation (being an outfit repeater in such a close time span is the ultimate fashion crime), what I will be wearing is very similar!

For this post I chose to wear a coral, sleeveless chiffon dress with a deep V neckline accompanied with the choker detail built into the dress. The chiffon material makes for a dressier look, which is exactly what I’m going for. Because the dress has a choker, I didn’t feel the need to put a necklace on, however, you could definitely throw on a chain necklace to peak through the middle of the V. For shoes, I am wearing nude heels with cutouts through the leather top of the shoe. I lightly curled my hair just to give some body, since I’ll be wearing the graduation cap long enough to ruin fully styled hair. For make up I kept it pretty simple with just what I usually do when I put a full face of make up on. I think it’s definitely important to feel comfortable and confident with how you look since there will be tons of pictures being taken.

If you’re waiting for the time to come in which you’ll be so kindly offered the oversized tablecloth to wear and the cloth covered cardboard on your head, I will tell you this: stick with it and, as much as you want to, don’t give up. The feeling of relief and accomplishment that comes over you after surviving your last dead week, walking out of your last final, and turning in your final essay makes all of the late nights, stress-induced tears shed, and awkward class presentations, completely worth it.


How many times have I been asked if I’m graduating this year… too many to count! The decision to take a fifth year with an extra major and minor was a great decision, but sometimes that’s hard to remember when all my friends are about to get that diploma on Saturday! Ah well. That doesn’t mean I can’t join in on the celebrations! This weekend I’ll be driving back and forth to attend my boyfriend’s graduation from Carroll College in Helena and then high tailing it back to Missoula to party it up with my Grizzly graduates!

The weather in Montana this week has been absolutely beautiful- it’s starting to finally feel like summer! So naturally, I will be wearing some sort of sun dress for the festivities this weekend. For this shoot, I chose my Urban Outfitters white floral dress that has been hanging in my closet for just this occasion. I paired it with my new Madden Girl nude pumps and simple jewelry. I like the way these shoes show a peep of my tattoo, which is my gramma’s, mom’s, and dad’s handwriting of “love”. You can’t show up to a party empty handed! So, I brought this cute gift that I put together for my friend. I added a clip on grad cap to add a little decoration to the simple bag. Congrats to all of the graduating seniors at University of Montana, and colleges everywhere!


It’s that time of year: flowers are blooming, grass is getting greener, the air is a little warmer and of course, graduation is around the corner. Whether you are attending graduation as a graduate or as a guest, it’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up.

For this outfit I kept it pretty simple. I’m wearing this vibrant dress from Restyle Clothing Exchange; doesn’t it just scream summer? For shoes I am wearing some black lace up wedges and for accessories I have on a cuff and a cute little necklace from H&M.

Congrats to all the seniors out there; don’t forget to go out in style!



Photography by Jazz Engel | + @skeletonxsmiles

Spring 2017

Groundbreaking Florals

Here at Trendsetters at the U, we couldn’t be more excited about spring. The semester is coming to an end and we are all in need of some serious sunshine. As we transition into warmer weather, it’s fun to switch things up in your wardrobe as well. Here are 5 different outfit ideas to inspire you to shake up your style this spring.


Sometimes, living in Montana, spring weather can be a bit on the chilly side, even in mid April! But that didn’t stop me from breaking out some of my favorite warm weather wardrobe pieces for our latest Trendsetters shoot! I couldn’t resist starting my look off with my favorite pair of light wash overalls (which I got for a steal at H&M!) and I knew I wanted to incorporate some floral patterning into my look as well! The crop top I ended up choosing felt like the perfect spring piece for a subtle pop of color and flowers.

I am guilty of being a total Friends enthusiast, so my look as a whole was inspired by non other than Rachel Green circa 1995.  Keeping this in mind, I had to go with a pair of classic, white “Chuck Taylor’s” for my shoes.  The flannel tied around my waist seemed to add a little bit of edginess to the look and also tied in (literally) with the colors of the crop top perfectly. It also never hurts to have another layer handy when you’re dealing with the bipolar weather of MT!  Last but not least, my light nude lip color had me feelin pretty in pink and definitely ready for some sunshine.



“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…

“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”

  -Frances Hodgson Burnett –

Flowers are blooming, birds are singing around us and the weather become little warmer. Yes, it is spring. Sometimes it comes with rain and the weather can be unpredictable, especially in Missoula, MT. This is also my first experience of the spring season. It is a beautiful season.  I hear birds singing, the grass is starting to come out and flowers are blooming after the winter season. It is incredibly beautiful and amazing for me. Waking up in the morning with the birds’ sounds makes my heart happy and ready for the day. I am so blessed that I could enjoy 4 season in this beautiful small city. Missoula is a gorgeous place for every season.

Unlike in winter, in the springtime I can wear many different kinds of outfits. I even wear a sandals even though it’s still a little cold. I usually wear everything from mini dresses and short skirts to ripped jeans and denim shorts with tights under them. I really love that kind of style.

For this spring photoshoot, I decided to wear a red mini dress that I got last summer from H&M. I added my black boots from H&M to make the look a little cuter. I love shopping at H&M. It’s a really good store to do shopping. You can probably tell that I love H&M because many of my outfits are from there.

In the springtime I also love to carry a small bag that easy to wear. I think this little bag really helps complete the outfit. This bag is made out of a coconut shell with the flower motifs, making it perfect for spring. It’s from my own country Indonesia.

Spring for me has been incredibly awesome. I wish you all a great spring, and don’t forget to make your own outfits as cute as the season itself. I love you all! Enjoy the flowers and birds singing.


Spring in Montana is practically nonexistent. However, there is nothing better than those rare sunny spring days which grace us with their presence every now and again. For this look I wanted to combine the femininity of spring florals with cool and casual elements.

I’m wearing a floral blouse from American Eagle, which I got off the sale rack a while ago for around $12 (score!) I love how the cutout on the chest makes it a little trendy while still being a pretty classic piece.

I decided to go for this pair of light wash high waisted jeans from H&M for this look, because the brighter blue just screams spring to me. I also love how they’re not skin tight around the ankle so they bring a laid back vibe to the outfit.

Lastly I’m finishing the look off with a pair of gold hoops from Luca + Grae and my white Converse sneakers. I wear my Converse all the time, but especially gravitate towards them in the spring and summer. I love how white sneakers go with everything while simultaneously up the “cool girl” factor in any look.


Spring in Montana means rain, snow, SUN, clouds, and everything in between! The weather forecast will say rain, so you’ll wear your rain boots and sweater, but then it will be sunny! With such unpredictable conditions, how do you dress on trend? I have two solutions to this problem: transitional pieces and lots of layers. A more springy or summery piece can be paired with the same black boots that I’ve been wearing all winter, and I can layer up with a light jacket if it’s still cool out.

For this shoot, I’m wearing my absolute favorite piece of clothing I’ve purchased this year. Not surprising, since I’m wearing this striped jumpsuit in every recent picture on my Instagram. I can’t get enough of the jumper and romper trend lately, and my two favorites are this one and a solid black one, both from Gap. For spring, it’s nice to have most of my leg covered in this light linen fabric in case it is a little chilly. I can wear it with or without my favorite jean jacket depending on the weather, and it pairs nicely with my black Blowfish booties or sandals when it gets nicer. I actually wore this same jumper to a gala at a dance conference a few weeks ago with black pumps too! So easy to transition for different occasions. I added the red Guess cross body purse today for a pop of color.


Spring is finally here! As you all probably know from past posts of mine, I am not a fan of the cold. Spring means the sun is showing it’s face, and pretty much all of the snow has melted. You can finally wear those skirts and sun dresses that have been at the very back of your closet all winter.

For this shoot I picked one of my favorite sundresses from The Buckle. It is a royal blue with a geometric design at the top. Fun fact about this dress: I wore it at my high school graduation. To make the look a bit more casual I paired the dress with a denim shirt from Hollister. I tied the bottom just to add a little shape.

For accessories, I grabbed one of my short pendent necklaces. This was a birthday present from one of my old friends a few years back. The shoes are a pair of Not Rated fringe booties from The Buckle. I went with a half up bun so it would keep me cool as well as add a bit of girly style. Lastly my sunglasses are Vogue and are perfect for the sunny days of spring.

Photography by Jazz Engel | + @skeletonxsmiles