We couldn't help but make one of our very own staff writers, Allegra, a campus fashionista. Allegra's refreshingingly colorful wardrobe and constant enthusiasm make her one of our favorite style icons. And even though she claims to only dress up during "office hours"--after 5 p.m. sweats are fair game--Allegra's impeccable style can hardly be overlooked.
So, why don’t you describe your style?: "Classy, modest, tasteful, colorful, very colorful, fun, lots of floral accents, that’s probably it."
Who is your Fashion Idol?: "I don’t really have one but if I did it would probably be Blair Waldorf. I love everything she wears. Even though I couldn’t pull it off, I love her style. Actually Anna Wintour. I really like her style. She’s very classy and her style is very composed and pristine looking."
Which celebrity’s closet would you love to raid?: " Whoever’s closet has the most handbags in it. I really don’t follow celebrity style."
What is your must have accessory?: "A purse."
What’s your staple outfit?: "Probably my jeggings with a cute floral blouse."
What is your least favorite style trend?: "Those long champ bags. What’s the point? They have this really pretty color on them and then there is this really weird brown strap on them and they sell a navy color, and that doesn’t work with brown! And the pink is a really beautiful color, but the bag… I’m not into it."
What is your favorite new style trend?: " Pandora bracelets. Easy, love them. They give you a way to express your style. People look at Pandora bracelets and are like 'oh she’s generic,' but in reality each Pandora bracelet has different beads and that’s what makes the individual."
What’s your favorite trend from the past?: "Those fifties dresses that are kinda coming back into style. They have the high collar and the straps and they are very modest. I have always wanted to wear one of those."
What do you think about Eckerd’s fashion style?: "Being barefoot is unsanitary. I don’t like seeing that on campus. I understand people want to be free but by being free they are infecting the sidewalk and that is not okay. There are new things that have come out and they feel like you are wearing bare feet. It’s supposed to be barefoot but there is something protecting your feet. They are hideous but I would rather people wear those than go barefoot. Also the use of headbands--the cloth they tie around their head. And those belly shirts, I am just not into those."
Who is you favorite designer: "For handbags I say Dooney and Bourke, hands down. I love their graphics. In the past I have seen many beautiful dresses by Valentino and I think he really has an eye for elegance."
What are your favorite stores?: "They are so generic and everyone goes there but H 7 M and Forever 21 really have it going on. It can be a hit or miss. I like Target. TJ Maxx is my best friend. Ralph Lauren if I can afford it. Hollister if I can fit into it. Cuffy’s on Cape Cod. They have the most comfy sweatshirts in the world. Oh and Pandora of course."
What do you like about men’s fashion?: " Dress shirts. Especially pinstripe dress shirts, those are really hot."
If you won a million dollars where would you spend it?: "First stop would be Mercedes Bendz. Second stop would be BMW. Then I would get some clothes. Car first. I would definitely go to Nordstrom, Macy’s, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, I would just go to Rodeo Drive and buy everything I wanted."
What fashion item can you not live without?: "White camis. I use them so often. I couldn’t plan an outfit without one."
Which outfit do you wish more people would appreciate when you wear it?: "Well everything, but some of my blouses are just very cute and colorful and I just don’t understand why people don’t compliment me. I think they are lovely shirts, maybe it’s because of my pink bag that I carry around everywhere and the shirts look dull in comparison. And yesterday I wore my brand new pink Ralph Lauren polo and no one said anything. That was cute! I want recognition, dammit!"
How much is too much in regards to showing skin?: "It all depends on the setting and the situation. I mean on the beach and wearing a bathing suit you can’t expect to be covered up as you would at a nice dinner. But generally I wouldn’t go out in anything that is immodest. I just have this modesty chip in my skin that tells me when things don’t look appropriate. It’s better to be too careful than not enough. Generally in my mind cleavage is a no no , if it must show because you have a big chest that’s not your fault just do your best. Shorts are supposed to cover your butt cheeks. That is their purpose. Generally no midriff or stomach area should be shown. That’s just not classy. Don’t show it all off on the first day. Give some mystery."
Which body part do you always want to flatter?: "I love my wrists and hands. That’s my favorite part of my body. I also love my collarbone. I can feel it but it doesn’t protrude. It’s a good reminder of feeling healthy because it’s not too thin. People should flatter the delicate parts, not the private parts. It’s better to flatter something that isn’t as recognized as your boobs or your butt. Those are already objectified."
So why do you love fashion?: "Because I think it gives a person his/her individual identity and I think if you dress in your style and you make an effort, even if it doesn’t look attractive, it still shows that you care. You have passion about something."
Can you give us some fashion advice for the fashionista aspirers?: "Brown does not go with black and blue, navy blue, does not go with black. Color gets you noticed so if you wear plain clothes remember that. Leggings are not pants; I repeat leggings are not pants. Belly shirts are not flattering. Sweatpants make you look like you don’t care about the world, so try."