CollegeFashionistas are the ones who capture and write about the stylish students on the UW-Madison campus, but what about the styles of the Style Gurus themselves? Two of our UW-Madison CollegeFashionista Style Gurus, Taylor Viegut and Chelsi Zollner, sat down with The Daily Cardinal to share their own style tips.
Maggie DeGroot: Let’s get started with a question to get you know you both better on a style level. Give me three adjectives to describe your personal style.
Taylor Viegut: Relaxed, eclectic and feminine.
Chelsi Zollner: Boho, comfortable and warm, as far as colors go.
MD: As college students, our budgets are often pretty limiting and we fall back on a couple of key outfits. What is your favorite go-to outfit?
TV: My favorite go to outfit is my denim button-up with a classic white tank underneath, in case I get hot, with a printed scarf, black or grey leggings and my classic red Vans. It’s comfortable and easy to walk around in all day.
CZ: Go-to outfit would have to either be a knit maxi dress, which I’m wearing now, or boyfriend jeans and some sort of graphic tee or sweater. Both option are super comfortable for running around all day and can be dressed up with accessories if needed.
MD: College students, especially UW-Madison students, are crazy busy and we don’t have much time for sleep so it tends to be difficult to get out of bed during the week. What are some tips for getting ready quickly in the morning?
TV: I usually get ready in a half hour or less, and a classic high pony tail is a go-to for me because it looks polished and is easy. A tip I always use is to take a small portion of hair from your pony and wrap it around your hairband so you can’t see it, plus it looks extra chic. I also keep my makeup to a minimum. NARS Laguna pressed powder, Laura Mercier lip shimmer and a little mascara and I’m good to go.
CZ: For the morning a top knot bun is my go to. You know it’s going to stay secure all day and with the weather right now you don’t have to worry about getting hot. Also using as little makeup as possible, cover-up, mascara, etc., because I never know when I’m going to have a chance to go home to touch up.
MD: Sometimes UW-Madison fashionistas get sick of wearing the usual Badger football jersey. Any advice for creating a stylish, unique gameday outfit?
TV: I paired white cut-offs with a reversible Wisco Lacrosse jersey, honestly my new favorite purchase, and again my classic red Vans with a focus more on the accessories. I would try adding a chunky gold necklace to your gameday attire and layering a ton of different bracelets. Also have fun with your makeup on game day, like try a bright red lip with a gold smokey eye.
CZ: Game day! One of my favorite things is creating unique gameday outfits. Two weeks ago I cut one of my guy friend’s t-shirts into a tank and paired it with black and white polka dot pants from H&M. I’ve also put on leopard print tights underneath jean shorts, and always pair the outfit with off-white Chuck Taylors.
MD: Wisconsin weather is crazy and often can go from hot, humid weather one day to almost freezing the next. On top of this crazy Wisconsin weather, college students also have a limited budget and closet space. Any advice for transitioning outfits from summer to fall?
TV: I just had an article last week on transitioning from summer to fall—check it out! But I would say layering your sweaters over shorts and skirts. A white knit sweater over a maxi skirt is a great fall outfit that still has some summer left in them. Simply adding a scarf to your daily attire is an easy fix as well. It has been too hot to wear them all summer so by adding a scarf to the tanks we’re still wearing around campus is an easy way to dress up your attire.
CZ: Denim tops are great for transcending seasons, whether it is a vest, button up or jean jacket. Sweaters, my personal favorites are oversized sweaters, are also nice to have with you when temperatures are varying. Maxi skirts are also really great because once it starts to get cooler you can always put tights or leggings underneath.