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Fall 2016

A Trendsetters Tour of Missoula: Part 3

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 Part 3 (Part 1 and Part 2 here) of a tour of Missoula – Trendsetters at the U edition.

The Wilma/Roxy Theater

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Thomas

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Date night time! What better place in Missoula to head out to than a local theater, whether it be for a concert or an independent film. I connect these places with casual date destinations, so that’s how I chose my look. I knew I was going to wear my black jeans from H&M with single slits in the knee. On top of these, I pulled out my vintage blue & black paisley/floral button up I thrifted from Goodwill last year. I absolutely LOVE this shirt and, to bring it up a level, I buttoned the top button and added my little stone necklace I got fromMaurice’s. Then, to finish it off and to add that edge that I love so much, I threw my leather jacket from H&M on and of course, wore my trusty black Chelsea boots (which you can never wear too often, no matter how worn.) Now go out and have a great date night!

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Night out on the town? Cool band at the Wilma? Movie night? I’ll take any excuse to dress up a bit. I spend the majority of my time in a work uniform, so anytime I get to break out the heels is exciting.

For this outfit, I paired a cute little black dress with a thrifted blue jean jacket with a super cute geometric design. Finishing this outfit with a pair awesome black platforms from H&M and I’m ready for a night out, ’cause everyone deserves a break every once in awhile!

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Krystyn

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The Roxy and the Wilma are the not-so-secret gems of Missoula. Exuding history and personality, both venues attract small town crowds with big name attractions.  As a pit-stop between Seattle and Chicago, names that draw big crowds pass through the Garden City on inconspicuous weeknights.

The Wilma is a major contributor to Missoula’s reputation on the national music map, responsible for hosting nationally known bands such as Glass Animals, Kirko Bangz, and Toro y Moi this semester alone. On the film side of entertainment, The Roxy shows cult films, out of theater movies and screenings of critically acclaimed Sundance films.

What they show hinges on the eclectic taste of Missoula people. If you see me attending events at either of these locations, of course I have to go in true Missoulian fashion. Accents of fall make themselves known through the velvety maroon of my knit dress from Urban and the dusty tan of my vintage bomber. To add a statement piece, I chose a black brimmed hat to hide my bedhead, complimented by my simple makeup. I like this look because of its simplicity, yet it is chic enough to be tokened as “dressed up.”

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KIM WILLIAMS TRAIL

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I’m gonna be honest here. In all of my eight years living in Missoula I have walked along the river a solid 3 times. However, although I tend to frequent my bedroom accompanied by my good pal Netflix instead of wandering the Clark Fork bank, when I do I can’t help thinking “not too shabby, Missoula. You done good with the leaves and rivers and mountains and stuff.”

So, for my outfit I wanted to try to keep it stylish but relaxed. I don’t frequent the naturaleza too often, so maybe I missed the mark, but let’s just go with it and say I’m flawless and great at river-walk style advice. So the main piece of my outfit is my gray t-shirt dress from Target, which screams cool and casual. Next, I tied a red flannel around my waist from Francesca’s to highlight my waistline so my figure would look more like an hourglass and less like a bulbous yam.

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My Birkenstocks were essential because Missoulians go crazy for those things and from what I here they are great shoes for outdoor things (lol I use them for my chocolate chip runs to the grocery store.) I finished the look off with my Mickey Mouse necklace because even at the river a girl might need some whimsy.

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Because a river literally runs right through Missoula, the Kim Williams Trail is the best way to check out the city. You can walk to campus, downtown or take a bike ride along the river. It connects you to every part of the city, so it’s definitely a place worth checking out.

I wanted to be comfortable for this walk along the river, so Converse were the way to go. These white ones can be hard to keep clean sometimes, but they’re a staple in my wardrobe. I’ve been loving the trend of adding subtle distress to a pair of black skinnies, so I tried my hand at it with this pair. It adds a little something to any outfit you decide to pair them with, and since I went so neutral with my base here, I thought they were perfect.

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My coat is from Gap and I love how easily it transitions season-to-season. It’s light enough to work on its own during the slightly warmer seasons, but has enough room to layer under during the colder months. The dark navy color works seamlessly into my entire wardrobe.

Finally, I topped the look off with my favorite plaid blanket scarf from Target. This one is so cozy and comfy and, while it hasn’t been fall for that long, I love adding it to outfits during this time of year for a pop of seasonal pattern.

 Morgan

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The first thing I noticed when I moved to Missoula is how much everyone loves to be outside. Whether you like hiking, biking, fishing or a leisurely walk, you will no doubt find a gorgeous spot for it somewhere. The iconic Kim Williams Trail allows for all those activities and more, while being utterly beautiful at the same time. As we come into the fall months, the leaves are beginning their transition from summery, vivid greens to lusciously inviting golds and burgundies. The crisper temperatures aren’t driving Missoulians indoors, but drawing them out like a magnet.

Don’t worry if you aren’t big into athletics, you don’t have to be a highly skilled hiker to enjoy this trail, which is why I decided on this flowy dress from Old Navy. This t-shirt dress is made out of a swingy jersey fabric that comes in a variety of colors (even horizontal stripes if you like a bit of pattern in your life,) which makes it a comfortable and versatile go-to. I’m a bit neutral-obsessed, so I stuck to my guns with the black one, which also filled the “little black dress” void that had been in my closet.

I cannot get enough of flannels. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what season, I’m a strong believer that a good flannel never hurt anyone, so I’m in luck! With trends from the ‘90s back in full swing, I’m seeing more and more people embracing the flannel, especially tying it around their waist. I was hesitant to try this out on myself at first, but always stared enviously at those braver than I, so I took the leap and am absolutely loving it. It accents the waist and reminds me of my favorite cartoon, Hey Arnold! To keep the ‘90s throwback alive, I added my denim jacket. This one is from Old Navy and is super soft and lightweight. I sized up a little bit to give me a grungier vibe and so that I can layer underneath it when it gets colder. Finally, to tie this look all together, I threw on my gold Converse and this mixed metals necklace from Target. With these simple touches, I’m ready to enjoy the scenery just steps away from campus. Now, if only I had a dog to walk…

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PLONK

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TIFFANY

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Plonk is one of those places where you can either dress up or dress down and still fit into the atmosphere of the location. With its soft lighting, blue tiled floor and hip art lining the walls, it’s definitely somewhere that serves to a variety of styles. You don’t have to be over 21 in order to eat the fantastic food or (virgin) cocktails, either. Grab your friends, wear something fun and hit up Plonk for a mellow, aesthetically pleasing evening.

I’m all about comfort when it comes to going out, so I chose a more relaxed look for our afternoon at Plonk. The focal point of my look is this mauve O’Neill jacket that I got from Nordstrom. Lately I’ve been obsessed with everything mauve and everything slightly over-sized. This jacket is ultra soft and wraps around me like a light blanket; I love it so much. The color, though bold, is also muted enough to dress up the rest of my outfit a little bit.

In order to make my jacket stand out, I simplified the rest of the pieces in my look. My white tank is from Target. The shape of this tank is very flattering and has adorable ruffling at the collar. Not going to lie, I stain this shirt almost every time I wear it; I’m cursed when it comes to white clothing. I paired my dark blue Kut from the Kloth jeans with the top. For shoes, I opted for something without a staggering heel. These taupe boots are by Hinge and are currently my go-to booties in my closet.

To tie my look all together, I kept my jewelry simple and my hair and makeup natural. And what’s the drink in my hand? A virgin coconut lime rickey (recommended to me by Michelle.) I would definitely recommend it.

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DANIELLE

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I love me a good (virgin) martini, and sometimes it feels nice to go out with your girlfriends and treat yourself! For this photo shoot, I decided to go with a cute romper from Q, because you can dress it up or down! I love how it has long sleeves, so it’s also very appropriate for fall, and the pattern on it is gorgeous! I paired my romper with lace-up heels from Target. These have to be my favorite part of the outfit because they’re so dainty and girly! The light blush pink adds a playful pop of color, plus they’re super comfy so what’s not to love??

I decided to keep my hair and makeup simple. For my hair, I just curled it with a wand. For my makeup, I played with blush pink/purple tones to match my shoes, and just popped on a sheer gloss so my lipstick wouldn’t get on my glass!

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JILLIAN

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Let me tell you first hand that going out in Missoula is a complete 180 from going out in a place like Seattle or Los Angeles. In Missoula, our favorite bars are our “dive” bars. Now, I’m not saying “dive” in a bad way because I definitely go to all of those bars I’m talking about, but we do have a few bars that tend to be a little classier, like Plonk. When I go to Plonk and have drinks I like to dress up.

I wore my romper that I got this summer from Nordstrom to Plonk under my maroon jacket. The shoes I wore with my outfit are Selbi by Halogen from Nordstrom. These are now my favorite high-heeled booties because they are surprisingly comfortable and when you go out you always need to wear comfortable shoes. Don’t make the mistake I did on my 21st birthday and wear high heels that absolutely kill your feet. But, whatever you wear make sure you own it!

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CORRI

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Plonk is one of the classiest places in Missoula — the atmosphere is incredible, the music puts you at ease, and the food and drink selection is top-notch. I usually end up at Plonk with my closest ladies for a night of drinks and fun, so I like to dress up. Plonk offers both indoor and outdoor seating, so depending on your mood, you can choose either! I happen to like a bit of both.

For hanging out indoors, I layered my outfit with this light, denim button-up; it’s warm enough to keep me comfortable outside in the evening, but it’s not so bulky that I feel uncomfortable wearing it indoors. Plus, it roughens up the feminine dress I’m wearing in a way that makes the outfit feel more like, “Corri.”

This floral dress is, surprisingly, from Rue 21; and it combines a high-low cut with delicate lace detailing that makes it pretty and perfect for a night out in warmer weather. I paired this dress with my favorite black, heeled booties. This pair from American Eagle is a staple in my life and though it has shown up in several posts, I had to bring them out again. The boots are a good bridge between the feminine elegance of the dress and the casual comfort of the denim jacket. All-in-all it is a perfect fit for an evening at Plonk.

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Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography | and Michelle Dufflocq Williams @michelledufflocq

Fall 2016

Back to the Books

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIt’s that time again, kids! Set your alarms and pack up your backpacks because we’re going back to school. As painful as getting back into the swing of things can be, it’s also the perfect time to reinvent yourself as well as your personal style. Read up on what the Trendsetters are wearing as they head back to the books for a brand new semester of higher education.

Tiffany

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAw, back-to-school: that period of time where I’m both excited and anxious about new classes, my impending decline of sleep and the ever-changing Montana weather. But, back to school is in the heart of the best month of fashion of the year. Trends this fall are channeling the edge of the ‘90s with chokers, slip dresses and a plethora of flannels. It’s easy, it’s cool, it’s perfect for back-to-school.

The first couple weeks of the semester are always a bit crazy; trying to ease into a schedule is not easy. With classes that begin at 10 a.m. and that keep me on campus until 6 p.m., I’m wearing outfits that are stylish, but ultimately comfortable. As I begin styling outfits for this transition period from summer to fall, I am sticking to cool tones and short sleeves.

This oversized peplum top from Urban Outfitters is the perfect staple for anyone’s fall wardrobe. It is probably the most comfortable shirt I have in my closet (minus my chunky knit sweaters that have been stowed away until the temperature cools down.) Its laid-back look and olive color scream the ‘90s, but it is tailored enough that you could wear the top from day to night.

Another favorite from my wardrobe are these light-wash Gap jeans. I wear these jeans way too much, but the color goes with everything and they have that perfect worn-in comfort. I have far too many pairs of jeans, but none are as perfect as these.

Although wearing wedges may not seem like I’m aiming for comfort during these first weeks of the semester, I promise that these Toms shoes do everything but hurt my feet. Shoes definitely have the power to dress up or dress down an outfit, so I find myself wearing heeled booties on most days. Also, heels make my legs look longer, which balances out the oversized-nature of my top. They make a perfect pair.

You never know what a new semester will throw at you, but take it with open arms and cute outfits. Here’s to a fantastic new school year!

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetBack to school isn’t all about meeting new people, attending a new school or starting new classes. Start school with new friends and a new style. Here are some style tips that I used all summer and will hopefully transition into fall!

Make a statement with your outfit with one of your pieces of clothing, whether that be your shirt, shoes or even jewelry. I decided to pick my shirt as my statement piece. As shown, my shirt has an open back. Showcase your shirt with a lace bralette that either matches or contrasts your shirt color.

You could possibly pair anything with this kind of shirt: jeans, shorts, a skirt, anything would work. This time I chose shorts.  Jean shorts could really go with anything and almost any color. As you can see, I love maroon.

Don’t doubt a girl and her shoe collection. I have these same Sanuk shoes in three different colors. The black ones will always be my go-to summer flip flops. They are extremely comfortable and fashionable. As a matter of fact, all Sanuk shoes are comfortable.

Wrap up your outfit with the perfect jewelry. Simple yet chic is the easiest way to go sometimes. You don’t have to go too gaudy to make the impression that you want.

Show everyone who you want to be by what you wear. Accept those compliments like you’re Beyoncé! Don’t put your fashion before your school work, though; your degree will get you farther than your fashion.

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 Michelle

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Call me crazy, but I love back to school season. The cute school supplies, the new fall pieces trickling into your wardrobe and the fact that, with a whole new school year ahead of you, you’ve got a fresh start.

I pride myself on looking put together in class pretty much every day, which can be exhausting but is honestly so worth it. I find that I feel so much more organized and confident to take on the day, if I’m happy with the look I’ve put together.

I absolutely love the whole 90’s trend happening right now. I think it’s playful, yet can still be classy and cool; all my favorite aspects to incorporate into my looks. I decided to go with a denim skirt, because they just scream “back to school” to me. Not to mention, it’s a piece that transitions seamlessly from summer to fall. This light-wash one is from Brandy Melville, and I love how versatile and comfortable it is.

I paired my denim skirt with a blue and white bohemian-style crop top from H&M. I love this piece because it’s another summer-to-fall item. Versatility is essential in any successful wardrobe, and I love how the almost bandana-like pattern translates in both warmer and cooler weather. Not to mention, it’s just cute and adds a pop of interest!

I like to keep my accessories quite minimal so I’m sporting a classic black velvet choker necklace from Urban Outfitters. I’ve just recently jumped on the choker bandwagon, and I’m a huge fan. I think they’re great at making you seem like a trendy cool girl, when really you have no idea what you’re doing with your life, let alone outfit.

I’m finishing my look of with some black criss-cross slide sandals from Old Navy. These sandals have become a staple in my wardrobe this summer, as they are insanely comfortable while appearing stylishly laid back.

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Corri

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It’s September, which means classes are back in session! This time of year is my favorite because it gives me the chance to buy cute notebooks and pencils. The only thing I love more than back-to-school supplies is a good summer-to-fall transition outfit. This transitional season gives me the chance to dress in my favorite fall colors while still keeping cool for the end-of-summer weather.

For this look I decided to break out some darker colors and experiment with my personal style. This t-shirt is the ideal combination of classy and casual and looks just as good with a pair of dark skinny jeans as well as with a denim skirt.

I decided to pair this comfortable top with a black, high-waisted bodycon skirt to keep myself cool in the sun. This skirt looks so perfect with black booties, so I decided this heeled pair would give it just the right amount of “Corri” for it to be my perfect outfit.

I decided to add a brown braided belt to break up the contrast slightly, and the denim top dresses down the look just enough to wear to school while still giving me the option to look sophisticated for any meetings that I might have.

This change in season can be an awesome time to experiment with your own personal style — don’t be afraid to mix things up!

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I love the start of a new semester; I feel like I can be a new person every time! If you noticed from my earlier photos, I was sporting a muddy red hair color, but I decided to make a change and go for a bold platinum blonde. I know that the trend is to lighten in the summer and darken in the winter, but I love the way blonde hair looks against my pale skin in the snow; it’s very whimsical to me. I encourage everyone to do something bold that they have wanted to do for a while, even if it goes against the status quo.

On to clothes! Who doesn’t love the feeling of new threads in your new college world!? College is the time to really start playing with style. You get so many influences from other students that are from all over the world, so really step out of your comfort zone and try something new. One thing I love about the University of Montana is the broad range of styles. Although, you will typically see me rocking the whole “comfortable plaid meets denim or cargo” look, there are so many interesting, beautiful and bold styles. Mix it up!

With makeup, I love the natural look with a bold lip. Sometimes I mix it up, but a lot of the time I don’t wear it to my classes due to time. School is school and if you’re new on campus, the want to impress is gonna be there, so one of my fast glam looks is my go-to fall look (that you can totally rock year round.) It is brown, blended shadow with a darker color on the outside blended into the crease with mascara, basic liner, a touch of bronzer and a nude or extra bold lip. Super quick, very simple, and flattering on everyone.

Go out there you guys and show the world the new college you and get to know your style better than ever.

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Thomas

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It’s already September and I have no idea where my summer went, but I only want to cry a little about school starting, so it’s okay. Anyways, it’s that time of the year where some people are putting a lot of effort into looking good and some are relying on their sweatpants. My back-to-school look is the most generic of my outfits because I know I won’t wake up in time to actually think about it.

So to start off, I pulled out my favorite (yep, you guessed it) black distressed jeans. I got these from Maurices when I started working there and fell in love with them. They’re just so comfortable and who needs gender norms? You can just never go wrong with them! I own about ten pairs of similar black jeans and people think I wear the same pants all the time, but jokes on them.

To keep this outfit basic and easy, I chose a basic gray tee from H&M. I stocked up on these basic tees when H&M first opened here because, just like black jeans, you can never own too many.

Then, since I love layering, no matter the weather, I threw my favorite denim shirt on. I’m the type of guy that wears flannels, black jeans and black boots in 90 degree weather just because I don’t know how to dress for the summer. But, now it’s close enough to fall that I don’t have to worry about it thankfully.

For my shoes, I threw on my (very worn) black Chelsea boots. I got these boots from target about a year ago and have worn them down so much, but I can’t find a pair anywhere else that fits me. You’d be surprised to find out how many places don’t carry a size 12.5-13 shoe. And to finish off the look, I added my brown wide-brimmed fedora because, let’s be honest, who is going to wake up in time to shower and do their hair for a 9 a.m. class?

Now, everybody go out and kill this year at the U and remember, it’s college, so going to class in sweatpants and a blanket is normal here.

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Danielle

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So it’s finally back to school and I couldn’t be happier! It’s also back to attending classes in the latest fashions! My outfit for this post is perfect for those days where you want to look put together, but you want to be comfy and casual at the same time.

My white v-neck is from Apricot Lane and is a staple in every person’s wardrobe since it goes with anything. I tied it off to make it more casual and to accentuate the skirt! My skirt is from Forever 21 and I can already tell I’m going to wear this so much throughout the year! It’s a stretchy denim, so you don’t feel confined and uncomfortable and it’s very easy to throw on and walk out the door, especially if you’re running late! It’s also an amazing transition piece for fall. Lastly, my white high top Converse are from Journeys and I’ve been wearing them all summer! I love wearing Converse because you can throw them on with any outfit and they make your outfit a bit more relaxed.

My backpack is from Target and I’m a little obsessed with the color. Since it’s a neutral metallic, it goes great with all my outfits year-round. I decided to keep my makeup on the natural side and use warm, earthy tones on my eyes, and use a chubby lip gloss balm from NYC to add a little shine and color!

Hope you all have an amazing new school year!

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Krystyn

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The hustle and bustle of the semester has actually begun!  The heat lingers as a reminder of the last days of summer and there is this abrupt transition from reading destination maps to textbooks. To hold on to this carefree attitude, express your feelings through your back-to-school style. Whether that be show-stopping shoes, beach inspired sunglasses or choker necklaces.

Lately my fashion sense has leaned more on the comfort spectrum. To change it up from my go-to of joggers, short shorts and crop tops I picked a more class appropriate look. My outfit revolves around a versatile jacket from H&M. This jacket acts as a throw-over accessory or as a hooded dress, which I love depending on how daring I’m feeling. I decided to use it as a throw over to my worn-in American Eagle jean shorts and oversized tank top that I tucked in. To complete this look I offset the dark neutrals with ballerina inspired gladiators. This outfit is cozy yet polished enough to impress.

Whatever style you choose to embrace this fall semester, best wishes on your school endeavors. Keep your head held high and be bold in your tasks!

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Jazzer-Rae

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The time is here. Time for early mornings, endless supply of caffeine, and drowning in homework (and, or tears). Going to back to school may be a little stressful but it’s also a great time to show off your new bts wardrobe. For my outfit of choice I decided to keep it pretty simple. I’m wearing a black leather jacket from H&M, a purple crop top (also from H&M) to add a pop of color to my otherwise dark outfit, some adorable heart tights, and my fave black booties.

So, take a deep breath, put on your best shoes, and rock this semester in style – and try not to be late. But if you are, at least be fashionably late!

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We wish you all a wonderful Fall semester. Let’s make it the best one yet!

– The Trendsetter Team

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography