The Most Stylish Students in America!
After weeks of deliberation and amazing displays of campus style, we present to you: the MOST STYLISH STUDENTS IN AMERICA!!
Over the course of our super competitive month-long Most Stylish Campus Competition, these students have proven that it’s possible to have both class and style! Check out the lookbook on HerCampus.com to explore their awesome Style Profiles!
Missed out on the campus competition but want to see what all the hype is about? Sign up and create your profile here!
One Day Left in our Most Stylish Campus Contest!
Only one more day to go in our Most Stylish Campus Contest! That’s right, there’s still time to share your profile and prove to the world that your school is the most fashionable! You have until noon tomorrow to share your profile and earn points, so get to it!
It’s been a close race so far, but there’s still time to win! Can you beat the current top five schools?
Sponsor Spotlight: Rent the Runway
With two days left in our Most Stylish Campus Competition, we want to spotlight one of our amazing partners, Rent the Runway, who is donating a gift card to the top 50 Most Stylish Students in America!! Stylitics caught up with Jenn, co-founder of Rent the Runway, to get the low down on what’s new in the Rent the Runway closet, her take on the season’s trends, and how Rent the Runway was started.
What was your inspiration for creating Rent the Runway?
In 2007, Jenny and I met as sectionmates at Harvard Business School, where over frequent girls’ nights, we became fast friends. During a trip home for Thanksgiving, I watched my sister Becky struggle with a “closet full of clothes and nothing to wear” moment. Becky had an upcoming wedding and wanted something gorgeous to wear, but her modest salary meant that everything high-end was out of reach. What if, I thought, the Becky’s of this world could have access to their dream closet and a new dress for every occasion? When I returned to school Jenny and I met for lunch, and I shared Becky’s dilemma. As business school students, we started working on building the business immediately. Jenny and I had a rule from the very beginning of Rent the Runway to never write a business plan because we think that is a waste of time. In our opinions, starting a business was going to be a series of iterative tests in the marketplace with each test eliminating some of the risks. We held a pop-up rental shop in an undergrad dorm at Harvard to garner initial interest in the idea. We purchased dresses at retail (in our sizes in case it did not work out!) and watched girls twirl around in the mirror and share comments like “How hot do I look!” After several focus groups with thousands of women, along with formative meetings with top designers and retailers, we launched Rent the Runway in November of 2009.
Style Spotlight: Dakotah of NYU
Our Most Stylish Campus Competition is still under way with 6 days left to go, and these Style Profiles just keep getting better! Dakotah, currently number 37 in the running for America’s Most Stylish Student, sat down with us to give us the inside scoop on campus style at NYU. Show her some love and follow her Style Profile here!
On campus style. At NYU, personal style is even more diverse than the student body! Living in New York is an adventure every day, and the students take advantage of that opportunity by experimenting with their wardrobes. You can find every trend in circulation (and some that are not!) sitting beside you in an 8am class. Chiffon, pastel colors, and python prints are prominent. On a colder spring day, lingerie-inspired tights and military green coats carried over from Fall run rampant on Washington Square Park.
On personal style. I always describe my style as ‘nomadic’ or ‘transient.’ Even though I am a prim and proper southern girl (who has a debutante dress hanging in her closet over a pair of custom cowboy boots), I prefer to think of my wardrobe as a hodgepodge that would impress Kerouac himself.
Dakotah is a true style maven (in a truly awesome mullet skirt, one of my personal favorite trends of the season)! I’m currently obsessed with her amazing Style Profile and am now coveting the gorgeous sequin clutch on her wishlist (see below, and prepare to be amazed). To be in the running for America’s Most Stylish Student, create your Style Profile here and follow your friends! With 6 days left, it’s anybody’s game!
Sponsor Spotlight: Chloe + Isabel
Our Most Stylish Campus Contest is still under way with 8 days left to go!! And since we’re approaching the home stretch, it seems only natural to spotlight some of our awesome prizes. As part of the winning prize package, the 50 Most Stylish Students in America will receive a beautiful, trendy piece of jewelry from Chloe + Isabel in addition to appearing in a lookbook on HerCampus!
So we sat down with CEO and founder of Chloe + Isabel, Chantel Waterbury, to get an inside look into her latest collection and personal style. Follow her Style Profile here!
What inspired you to create Chloe + Isabel?
Chloe + Isabel is a result of my life experiences and most passionate projects. In my late teens, I was given an entrepreneurial opportunity that gave me valuable business skills and, more importantly, confidence to pursue my dreams no matter how big or small. I always wanted to offer that same opportunity to young ambitious women. My passion for fashion jewelry led me down a path in corporate fashion for many years and the two worlds finally collided with Chloe + Isabel.
How would you describe your personal style?
The short answer would be feminine chic. I am definitely more of an Isabel.
What are your favorite trends this season?
I love the floral trends for Spring. We chose to focus on this trend at Chloe + Isabel with our Garden Party Collection. It is the perfect way to combine our vintage looks and color for Spring.
What’s one C+I piece that you think every college girl should have in her Stylitics closet for Spring?
I would say our Open Work Patina Cuff. Not only is it a great statement cuff to complete any outfit, but it is a great conversation piece with the unique patina finish.
Where do you get inspiration for your jewelry?
Wow… I don’t even know where to begin for this one. People, places, and things! I find a lot of inspiration from my travels that can range from texture and shapes found in nature to beautiful details in architecture and antique furniture. Our Spring collection was largely inspired by Parisian gardens – with the mix of vintage inspired floral castings. And our Summer Collection was inspired by the colors and textures found in seaside villages reflected in our patina, turquoise, and coral branch designs.
How does being a C+I college merchandiser empower and prepare young women for a career in style?
Our mission is to give these young women the opportunity to run a fashion business. We will provide training, support and tools for them to discover and develop their inner entrepreneur while expressing their own creative voice.
Thanks so much, Chantel! (I’m seriously in love with some of the looks on the C+I Style Profile.) Make sure you create your Style Profile today to represent your school and win a piece of Chloe + Isabel jewelry! For more beautiful jewelry, visit the C+I site here!
Only 8 days left in the contest… the suspense is killing me!!
Style Spotlight: The Whartorialist
We’re still in the midst of our Most Stylish Campus in America contest, and it just seems unnatural to discuss campus fashion without mentioning The Whartorialist, the Wharton Graduate Retail Club’s world-renowned style blog. Profiled in Refinery29, Lucky Magazine, Details, and New York Magazine (to name a few), The Whartorialist is the place to go to get the lowdown on business school style. So, naturally, Stylitics met up with the creator of The Whartorialist, former editor at Lucky Mag, and Marketing Director of the Wharton Graduate Retail Club (no big deal!) Becca Aronson to get the inside scoop on the right way to do business casual. Follow her Style Profile here!
Stylitics: How did the Whartorialist get its start?
Whartorialist: Before coming to Wharton to get my MBA, I was an accessories editor for Lucky Magazine. I’d done my fair share of blogging both for the magazine and for a blog about dating and relationships in NYC so it seemed only natural to keep my blogging muscle in shape. The Whartorialist started as a marketing tool for the Wharton Graduate Retail Club, for which I am the Director of Marketing. The idea was to bring a bit more style and fun to the Wharton retail scene. I wanted to both highlight the stylish students at Wharton and spread the fashion gospel to all the former bankers and consultants who lived their last few years exclusively in suits. The response on campus was immediate and immensely positive, which was great in itself. As if that was not enough, in our first month we got picked up by Refinery 29, Lucky Magazine’s blog, Details Magazine, New York Magazine’s blog, Philadelphia Style Magazine, and had readership all around the world from LA to Russia to India to Australia! In addition to Wharton “street style,” we also have a news section and shopping section featuring weekly posts with Whartorialist approved style guidance.