When Ashlee isn’t studying bioengineering at UC Berkeley, she’s doing fun, quirky, “not too serious” things to balance out her life. Claiming she’s always late for her classes, she throws on casual, cozy things like dresses and sweaters to get out the door.
“I like things that are kind of fun but don’t overdo it,” Ashlee told Go Girl. “What I’m wearing is warm and comfortable but still cute. My hair, too. It’s fun to do in the morning but it’s also casual which means I don’t have to put a lot of work into it.”
Dress: Poetry Clothing
Jessica, an arts devotee, loves anything black and retro to match who she is on the inside — undeniably classic.
“I love accessories,” Jessica told Go Girl. “I’m also really ‘go with the flow’ and giggly.”
Crop Top: American Apparel
Dress: This Side of The Moon
Bag: Mark Cross
Necklace: Flea Market
Originally from Mexico, Arlene likes to bring out an airy easiness in her clothes. She stays busy studying psychology and developing her number one hobby: photography.
“I wear things that make me feel comfortable,” Arlene told Go Girl. “I like loose things, and patterns. I don’t do color blocking.”
Jacket: Highway Jeans
Jumper: thrift shop
Sunglasses: Hugo Boss
Aimee, a multitalented musician, nails the 90s era spot on. This quirky, silly, and approachable girl is also (get ready for it) — allergic to bananas.
“I love the 90s,” Aimee told Go Girl. “At this point, I’ve been wearing the same attire for like, 15 years. I love quality retro pieces, too. I have a bunch of thrifty stuff but I also have retro Versace, Armani, and Prada.”
Dress: Caviar Dreams
Shoes: Peter Kaiser
Purse: Donna Karan
Styling a successful look from head to toe comes second nature to Jaimee, a costume design student at a California art school. The people around her often tell her this, too. She describes her style as an evolving process, changing constantly and always staying fresh.
“I try to get the new trends while staying as vintage-inspired and unique as I can,” Jaimee told Go Girl. “I also like the nautical look, so I try and mix that in.”
Top, Shorts, & Bag: Forever 21
Regan is studying to go to law school to learn about nonprofit law. Because the entrance exam is no laughing matter, stressing about what to wear is the last thing on her mind. But she still manages to pull of a cool aesthetic that shows off femme sass with a hint of punk.
“I like to dress relaxed because I like to be relaxed,” Regan told Go Girl. “I like casual looks that aren’t trying too hard. I think fashion should be about the comfort you have with who you are.”
Shirt & Sweater: Forever 21
Bag: Steve Madden
Fashion doesn’t have to be complicated for it to look polished. Tatiana, a lover of American independent cinema, proves this point. Her signature fashion forte is having multiple foundation pieces at her disposal.
“I have a lot of basics in my closet,” Tatiana told Go Girl. “Those versatile pieces that you can dress up or down. Overall, I’m pretty casual with a bit of edge. I love fashion.”
Dress: Forever 21
Tights & Boots: BCBGeneration
Purse: Kate Spade
Born in Los Angeles, raised in Peru, and most recently from Miami, Marianne, a textile design master’s degree candidate, never underestimates the value of accessories. To her, they can make or break any look.
“Accessories show your personality,” Marianne told Go Girl. “I wear rings and necklaces everyday of my life. You can change your shoes, handbag, or jewelry and it can change the whole outfit.”
Sweater, Leggings, & Hat: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Special details are what make clothes beautiful to Novi. She’s a third year fashion design student and although she likes a polished business casual look, a piece must embody an uncommon flare for her to love it.
“I like a polite, classic style,” Novi told Go Girl, “that’s why I wear blazers. But it has to have a unique design. I also look at the quality of the garment because I really like tailored clothes. They sculpt your body.”
Top & Pants: Zara
Sleeveless Blazer: BCBG
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
You’d never know it by looking at her, but Bre claims she is the most awkward person she knows. You might find her scribbling poetry on napkins, dressed in airy pieces that radiate comfort and class with a bit of edge.
“I love really loose, flowy pieces,” Bre told Go Girl. “Growing up, I moved around a lot, so I like to have bits of everything with me to feel comfortable and easygoing.”
Jacket: thrift store
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Michael Kors
Rino, an au pair located in Seattle, loves watching the little girl she’s in charge of. Taking advantage of her time in the U.S., she’s doing lots of traveling around — and looking trendy and fresh while doing it.
“In Japan,” Rino told Go Girl, “I wear different clothes, brighter colors. Here, I wear lots of black and gray because that’s more what people wear here. It’s really chic, though.”
Sweater & Boots: Forever 21
Shorts & Purse: Japanese brand
Hollie, a New Mexico-native, is a marketing director for a solar company and loves art and archeology. Her personal style mixes together bohemian and Southwestern elements to complete her “free spirit” aesthetic.
“I march to the beat of my own drum,” Hollie told Go Girl. “I feel my fashion reflects that. It’s different everyday, depending on my mood, but I always love adding big, chunky turquoise and silver, or leather fringe to things.”
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Flor, who also goes by “Flower,” is an effervescent beauty with a knack for creating. Whether it’s putting together a flawless look or writing a fearless poem, she’ll do it with a distinctive artistry all her own.
“I’m a poet,” Flor told Go Girl. “I write often. That’s my biggest passion right now, exploring that facet of myself.”
Shirt: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: American Apparel
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange
Joyce’s style is simple and chic; practical, yet fashion-forward. A fashion design student, she finds that basic t-shirt and jean combos work better than dresses or complicated ensembles, considering the hands-on designing she does for school.
“I wanted to do something different,” Joyce told Go Girl. “My parents didn’t like that I wanted to study fashion because they think I won’t end up making a lot of money. But I can’t help it, I love fashion.”
Shirt: Forever 21
Coat: Club Monaco
Pants: Chinese brand
Shoes: Charlotte Olympia
Youthful, modest, soft, simple. Natalie, a child and adolescent development major in college, embodies all those qualities and lets them shine through in her casual clothing choices.
“My style is warm, cozy, laid-back, and chill. That’s how I am, too.” Natalie told Go Girl.
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Melanie, an architecture student and lover of all things “artsy,” is what you would call an interdisciplinary woman. She’s trilingual, knows how to fence, and makes a casual-glam style look effortless.
“Today, I threw a bunch of loose pieces together,” Melanie told Go Girl, “but I also wanted to be flirty and fun. That’s why I have this tight dress underneath. And I didn’t want to show too much skin either, so I put tall boots on.”
Dress: American Apparel
Bag: Marc Jacobs
Ever known anyone baptized in the Vatican? Margaux, a media, marketing, and communications associate, sure was! Since then, she’s developed a 1950s vintage-inspired style, which means color blocking, full skirts, and feminine silhouettes are her go-to’s.
“The concept of going outside in sweatpants is not something I would ever do,” Margaux told Go Girl. “Having my face on and being presentable is instilled in me. Fashion and aesthetics are how I express myself.”
Skirt, Shoes, & Glasses: H&M
Blazer: Sterling Cooper
This is Jamie’s interview attire — professional, clean, and totally hireable. A web designer in the office and a fashion-follower outside, she makes business casual look easy.
“I like to have one focus point on my body,” Jamie told Go Girl. “The pattern on my shirt is complicated and the jacket I covered it with is a simple, solid color.”
Shirt & Coat: Forever 21
Purse: Kate Spade
Jacqui, a user experience designer, loves making people’s lives easier. She’s personable, approachable, and has an easy energy about her that makes her company comfortable. That’s the attitude that shines through in her clothes, too.
“I like patterns, layers, textures,” Jacqui told Go Girl. “Mixing them together is fun for me. I say go for it. I try not to take myself too seriously.”
Bag: Pendleton Woolen Mills
Mixing a military-style jacket with a full-skirted dress, Kelly knows how to layer tough-girl edge with playful sass. This Southeast Asian studies major is graduating soon, and planning to write a fantasy novel when she’s done with school.
“I like showing who I am,” Kelly told Go Girl. “I’m feminine, but I also don’t like to be messed with. As a woman, I like being able to communicate that through my style.”
Jacket: Free People
A lover of the outdoors, Kelsey also enjoys getting buried in 19th-century postmodern philosophy books. Her style transcends time periods, too, as evidenced by this white lace flapper dress.
“My style is indie-rocker with a little bit of glam, and always vintage-inspired,” Kelsey told Go Girl. “I always try to match what I’m feeling when I wake up with an appropriate look.”
This California girl keeps her clothing relaxed and comfortable while still accentuating her curves. Michele is also inspired by Japanese street fashion, and has a lot to say about it.
“I really like anything kawaii,” she told Go Girl. “I try to mix it with tones for the season. I like to be fun and challenge what American street fashion looks like, to bring it towards more of the Eastern harajuku-style.”
Shoes: Juju Jellies
Pullover, Shorts, Socks, & Tights: American Apparel
There’s nothing about Angie that isn’t friendly and playful, and her light energy and approachable presence easily match her style.
“I’m a very positive, bubbly person,” Angie told Go Girl. “So, I like to bring that out. I mix-and-match different colors and patterns. Anytime I get a chance, I bring out the summer wear, too.”
Shirt: X Generation
Laine, a photography student, makes style choices that will intentionally get noticed. A big fan of human interaction, she loves referring people to her favorite boutiques, talking about her fashion influences, and learning about different things.
“The clothes I wear are very expressive,” Laine told Go Girl. “I’m a very outgoing person. I’m passionate about a lot of things, too. The past two years, I’ve lived in four different states, so I like to move around and meet new people, learn about different cultures. It makes you a more well-rounded person.”
Shirt & Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Shorts & Shoes: H&M
Jacket: Madden Girl