Spotlight Series: College Style

November 24, 2014


It is with great pleasure that we introduce two very special guest stars to The Fashion Cookbook. Meet Jenny Rubin and Allie Richards, two freshman year roommates that go to Clark University. Patricia and I wanted to start a spotlight series, where we feature other individuals from varying backgrounds on our blog. Our hope is to empower you, our readers, to see how fashion applies to us all. You do not have to be a fashion blogger to look and feel stylish. Heck, we run into friends, professors, coworkers, and strangers everyday who we want to feature on our blog because they have such a unique and compelling sense of personal style.

Hannah met Jenny and Allie this school year and was instantly impressed with their style, but more so with their sense of self. Coming into college can be an extremely hard transition and quite overwhelming. Its no surprise that it can be a vulnerable time for body image and other challenges. Where else are you going to live with so many people, where you can’t help but constantly compare yourself to others? It is important to take this time to reflect that we each are made differently and that you are beautiful just the way you are. This being said, your exterior is still what people make their first impression on (sad, but true) so why not show them bits of the real you? Keep reading to see how these girls would describe their personal style and how they express themselves through clothing..

I like people who have a sense of individuality. I love expression and anything awkward and imperfect, because that’s natural and that’s real. –Marc Jacobs


Jenny’s Outfit Ingredients

Sweater- Nordstrom Rack



Tights- Target

Boots- Payless

Ring/necklace: Streets of Israel

Socks-I stole them from Allie (i.e. Carhartt)


Do you feel any different dressing in college than in high school?

College is so different for me fashion-wise!!! I went to a high school with a uniform, so there wasn’t much room for me to experiment and figure out my style. I’m definitely still figuring it out. This summer was the time when I really tried playing around with different styles and deciding what I liked to wear and what I didn’t. But as the seasons have been changing, I’ve had to focus a lot more on what I like to wear and what feels comfortable. There are days when I just want to wear sweatpants and t-shirts to class and not put in any effort, but I know that by putting in just 10 more minutes in the morning to get ready, I’ll feel so much more confident throughout the day.

How would you define your style?

My style usually revolves around one central piece, and I’ll usually pair neutral clothing with that. I love to feel comfortable, so I tend to stick to the basics- sweaters, scarves, warm socks.

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Allie’s Outfit Ingredients

Sweater- Target

Pants- Forever 21

Owl Necklace- H&M

Shirt- Thrifted

Pumps- TJ Maxx


How would you define your style?

I dress by how I feel. If It’s cold and I want to be comfortable I’ll wear a sweater and leggings. If I’m happy and ready for the day I’ll wear my “fun pants” or a vibrant top. If I want to dress up or feel like a fancy business executive I’ll wear a skirt and tights. I think my style revolves around layering and eclectic thrift store finds. I feel most comfortable in jeans or leggings and a sweater. This gives me more options for accessorizing and layering.

What makes a good outfit for you?

A good outfit is something I feel good in. Something that makes me want to leave my bed and stop watching Netflix for at least a few hours.



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