This week’s fashion spotlight—a senior from Dana Point, California—clearly found a way to incorporate her Southern California aesthetic into her Spokane way of life. Her eclectic and bohemian look combined with her signature flowy and flouncy pants sets her apart from the typical North Westerner. As a double major in Political Science and English Creative Writing, she’s headed to New York City after graduation to start her career working with Teach For America. We got the chance to talk about flounce life, her favorite fashion trend from her time spent studying in South Africa, how one-size-fits-none (not all), and then some…Here’s Brittany Clark:
SO: How would you describe your usual everyday style/look? How would your friends describe your style?
BC: Definitely flowy and flouncy. Yeah. My roommates didn’t recognize me yesterday—well one, I was in Jepson which was weird for me—but they were like, “you didn’t have anything flowy on, all your clothes were tight!” I was wearing leggings and a blazer and they were like, “what?!”
SO: What is your fashion philosophy in a statement?
BC: Flounce life! F*** real pants!
SO: Do you have any style tricks that make you feel like you’re getting away with something?
BC: I mean I keep talking about these damn pants, but for me I have a really hard time finding jeans or any type of conventional pants. I also didn’t own pants really until I came to school here, so I’ve kind of just embraced these high waited flowy pants…which is kind of weird but it works and they’re so comfortable! You don’t have to worry about having bloated day pants ‘cause they’re draw string and they’re just super comfy! I feel like I’m wearing sneaky ninja pajamas every day and no one knows…I’m like, “haha, you could sleep in this!”
SO: Where do you find most of your flounce pants?
BC: That’s a good question…I recently bought a suit from Express to go interview in, and again I was having this pants strike of “F pants! They don’t fit my body, and I’ve got a booty, this is so lame!” But they actually have flouncy business pants.
So I was able to have a professional looking suit that didn’t comprise my style.
SO: So you’re going to New York, one of the fashion capitals of the world, after graduation?
BC: I was only there for two days. I went there just for an interview. I’m just super excited, I feel like I might have to get some more form-fitting clothes. So my clothes don’t get caught going in and out of the subway.
SO: Was there a point in your life when you remember your style changing?
BC: I think it was more of just embracing it; I’ve always loved bohemian style. And I don’t know if it just kind of briefly came into fashion within the past four years or if it’s because I’m growing up, but I was kind of just like, “screw it, I don’t care.” I just stopped caring and just started wearing what I wanted—I didn’t really care if I looked too eclectic, I guess, or too unconventional for the North Face, yoga pants army. Being up in Spokane I get really sad in the winter, too, so I find a lot of fun self- expression in really fun clothes!
SO: What key piece could you never live without?
BC: Flouncy pants (laughs)! I’m a huge advocate. I really like these ones; these ones are fun cause it kind of looks like a skirt, but then it’s not.
SO: Walk me through the outfit you are wearing now.
BC: Shoes: My shoes are from Forever 21.
Pants: These pants I brought from Brandy Melville, which was a really cool store until every 14-year-old girl in Orange Country started to shop there. All the clothes are one size only, which is bull**** obviously…so what I did with these pants was I actually cut the elastic, and then just reinforced it on my own to make it fit my waist better!
Top: I stole this tank top from my Mom. I thought it was super ugly because she’s had it since the 90s, but now the 90s are back…This sweater, my roommate gave to me.
Accessories: My necklace I got from Forever 21.
I have this little [ear] cuff from Laguna, and then these [bracelets] are gifts that people have given me. And I got these sunglasses in Cape Town in South Africa at a market!
SO: Was your aesthetic influenced at all by studying in South Africa?
BC: Not really. I mean it was kind of just like the same deal, I had a very limited closet cause I only brought a duffle bag with me. So I think that having less clothes actually made me more creative to keep recycling outfits.
SO: How would you describe your shopping behavior?
BC: I don’t go shopping very often. I guess when I go home—that’s when I get a few things here and there. Probably cause I don’t have a car, but I don’t know. I don’t shop a lot.
SO: When you roll out of bed ten minutes before class, what is your go-to outfit?
BC: That’s a tough one! Probably something similar to this. I have another pair of flouncy pants that I always wear with like, a bright colored tank top and a sweater and sandals if it’s warm.
SO: If you could inherit the wardrobe from any TV show, what show would it be?
BC: If I was 16, I would say Gossip Girl but that’s not even my style—I just thought they were bada***s! I don’t know, cause with Bohemian style, there aren’t too many shows that have that. You know what I mean? [I would want] most of the things that I see on Pinterest—Free People for example—but I don’t want to pay like, $500 to look poor because then I am really super poor if I do that. But I like their vibes on Pinterest a lot.
SO: Favorite gender neutral trend?
BC: In South Africa—first of all, everyone was so gorgeous it was stupid. The guys rocked the s*** out of short shorts. I was checking out man legs—that’s weird—and they were nice! Guys also wear flouncy pants but the ones that cinch at the bottom of their ankles. And I’ve seen a few guys do it here, and it looks really good! It should be more of a thing. As for myself, I like when girls wear boyfriend jeans but it’s hard when you have a curvier body to do more masculine outfits because you lose your whole shape. So for me, I don’t really do that. I like shoulder pads or tops that accentuate shoulders; I think that can give girls really nice shape.
SO: How does color play a role in your wardrobe? Any go-to colors?
BC: Yeah, color definitely plays a role…I love colors. I always buy a lot of whites, and a lot of turquoise, sea foam blue colors.
SO: What or who is your fashion inspiration/idol?
BC: I would definitely say Pinterest has a huge role. But definitely when I go home, that’s where I draw most of my inspiration from—just that Southern Californian, typical look. I feel like everyone’s kind of bouncing off everyone’s styles. And surf culture plays a huge roll, so Billabong and RVCA; I really like their styles a lot.
SO: What is a student style that has caught your eye on campus this semester?
BC: There was one student that I did see on your blog [find her here], she was the girl that was repping the he** out of shorts in the winter! I haven’t seen her around campus at all but she definitely helped me embrace more like: screw it, this is what I would wear in California, I’m gonna wear it here too. There was also this other girl in my stats class last semester and I don’t know who she is, I really wish I did, but every outfit that she wore was really on top of the trends. [She made me] wish that I shopped more consistently!
SO: What are you most excited to debut in the warm weather?
BC: Shorts…sandals…bikinis! I’m really excited, I wouldn’t wear them in Spokane cause they’re really bootylicious, that’s not really acceptable in Spokane. But at home, everyone’s about the thongkini so I’m pretty stoked for that. Full bottom bikinis just look so gross; they make your butt look bigger and sag so you look like you have a poopy diaper when you get out of the water! The smaller the bottom, the smaller your bottom looks.
SO: If you could choose any trend to make a comeback on campus, what would it be?
BC: I really like men’s fashion. So a part of me just wishes more guys would dress more Southern Californian-ish. In the sense of having nice fitting pants, or like a really nice button down; Hurley has really nice ones, like those Hawaiian shirts. That would be cool. But I don’t know about girls. We can bring it back to bikini bottoms. I know we don’t wear a lot of swimsuits here…When everyone was going to Vegas, I think everyone could have benefited from smaller bottoms.
Thanks for sitting down and talking with GU Style Spotlight, Brittany! If you are a fashionista on campus…trend-setter… trend-follower…anyone who takes a liking to what they put on when they wake up in the morning…or know of anyone who would be interested in talking fashion with us, we invite you to reach out to the GUBB staff and we would love to sit down with you!
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