NCU style watch: spring edition

With the Spring season approaching, styles are changing and students at North Central are drawing inspiration both near and far to refine their fashion. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

With the Spring season approaching, styles are changing and students at North Central are drawing inspiration both near and far to refine their fashion. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

Now that the weather has started to ease up and sunshine is becoming more consistent, spring style is in full bloom around campus. This time of year, we keep the layers, but add more colors. North Central students all have their very own take on how they pursue fashion in each season, but often there are hidden gems- ones that dress against the status quo.

Maria Smith – Senior

Maria is sporting a tan trench coat from Gap, along with a Kohls striped tank and black booties. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

Maria is sporting a tan trench coat from Gap, along with a Kohls striped tank and black booties. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

  1. Describe your personal style.

As close to pajamas as you can get while still being able to throw around the word “trendy”.

  1. What makes your personal style unique to you?

I am as far from a “try hard” as you can get. I wake up in the morning, grab a few articles of clothing, throw them together and walk out the door with my head held high. Confidence is key… and jackets and shoes, they’re pretty important too.

  1. Tell us about the outfit you chose and what it means to you.

The outfit I chose encompasses my personal style to a T. It’s the perfect mix of soft and chic, with just a pop of neutral glow. I chose this outfit because a couple years ago I would not have had the boldness to wear it. The fears of societal norms forced me into skinny jeans for years, but skinny jeans do not say anything about who I am as a person. This outfit does and I love it!

  1. Out of the pieces you chose, do you have a favorite and what makes it your favorite?

My black heel booties. These shoes you can wear with anything and they are surprisingly comfortable for long hours of walking and standing.

  1. Do you draw inspiration from anyone/anything, when it comes to your wardrobe choices?

DawnChere Wilkerson (ministry celebrity) and Hannah Stoddart (former roommate).

Maria draws from friends and the Spring season for her style. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

Maria draws from friends and the Spring season for her style. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

  1. What are some of your go to shopping spots?

H&M, TJ Maxx, Kohls, Zara, thrift stores and hand-me-downs.

Shop Maria’s Look:

Tan Trench Coat from Gap. $20

Striped tank from Kohls. $5

Black bootie heels from TJ Maxx. $30

Black dress joggers from TJ Maxx. $10

Spoon Ring purchased at Minnesota State Fair

 

Isaiah Rustad – Senior

Isaiah gets his inspiration from bigger city styles, with his boots being his favorite piece. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

Isaiah gets his inspiration from bigger city styles, with his boots being his favorite piece. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

  1. Describe your personal style.

I like to have a clean, minimalistic feel to what I’m wearing and I like to be comfortable but confident in everything I wear. I also am a really cheap shopper. I’ll always have something that shows a bit of flash; a bit of something that stands out in an outfit (but still minimal). Utilizing layers, accessories, and my shoes (usually high-tops or boots), I make an outfit personal to who I am.

  1. What makes your personal style unique to you? 

There are a couple aspects that have helped me grow in my personal style. First off, I’m a pretty tall and skinny guy, so finding clothes that fit me right is kind of hard and it doesn’t help that I’m a picky shopper. I make sure the clothes will complement my physical appearance in all ways, and not make me look gangly. Secondly, I work at a church so I have to dress up in more than sweats every day and the people I work with have good taste so I cannot go in looking rough. As long as I am happy and confident in what I’m wearing, I’ll always rep it.

  1. Tell us about the outfit you chose and what it means to you.

The cream sweater complements the brown coat and boots perfectly and the dark blue jeans and jean jacket are nice colors that go well with the shades of brown. The colors working together are what I really enjoy, but I also like the combination of fashion pieces in it.

  1. Out of the pieces you chose, do you have a favorite and what makes it your favorite?

My boots are my favorite piece by far. They contour to my feet really well and look really well when paired with blue jeans rolled up.

Isaiah goes with a denim on denim look for a casual Spring style. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

Isaiah goes with a denim on denim look for a casual Spring style. Photo by Makenna Heitman.

  1. Do you draw inspiration from anyone/anything, when it comes to your wardrobe choices?

I draw inspiration from everyone. If I see a guy wearing something I like that is unique, I’ll attempt to try it out, too. If I only wear what one person is wearing, that would be copying, but if I wear what I see 15 other people wearing, then its style. I draw inspiration from bigger city fashion scenes like L.A., Chicago and NYC.

  1. What are some of your go to shopping spots?

My favorite spots to shop are Goodwill, H&M, Target and other nicer thrift stores like a Buffalo Exchange.

Shop Isaiah’s Look:

Wilson Leather Mid-Length coat – $60

Aeropostale jean jacket – $20

H&M sweater – $15

Abercrombie jeans – $15

Red Wing boots- $50

Kohl’s watch – $20

About the author: Hillary Streitberger

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