The Huntingtonian looked on campus this spring to identify some of the university’s best dressed and talked to them about their fashion and style. Senior Reneson Jean-Louis and sophomore Millie Smith answered our questions about current fashion trends and what to expect this spring.
Q: How would you describe your style?
RJ: My last day of finals freshman year, I gave all my clothes away and said, “I’m never going to wear logos again.” And I haven’t since. I buy my clothes from Zara, and it gives me a chance to express who I am rather than expressing a brand.
MS: I would really define my style as flexible. I don’t have a set style, and sometimes I try to do something that’s more edgy or something that’s more girly.
Q: What is your go-to item from your closet?
RJ: Here in the Midwest, it would be a black tee, a green bomber jacket, nice blue jeans and Chelsea boots. In Miami, I like to wear short-short beach shorts, linen shirts, and I like to wear leather sandals even though I like being barefoot.
MS: I have a pair of black boots with a little heel that I can wear all the time to class things up a bit, and I love black skinny jeans because you can dress them up or you can dress them down.
Q: What do think is coming up this spring?
RJ: You can almost always predict this — floral patterns. I would say stripes are in. A lot of designers are pushing that. High-waisted shorts are becoming a seal-the-deal kind of thing.
MS: I think something that’s coming up is country chic. Floral flowing dresses and lace, denim on denim and this shabby chic look is something that’s fun for spring and summer.
Q: What do you think fashion means at Huntington?
RJ: I come from a place where girls start wearing heels at three. I can say that I appreciate the modesty about HU’s fashion. And I have really come to understand the differences in style. I think it’s awesome that girls and guys can have their different style — whether it’s slouchy, preppy, extravagant or flamboyant.
MS: Huntington falls along the lines of a lot of college institutions. People are busy, and they want to be cute, but they want to be casual.