Campus Style: Kaitlin Tambuscio

What are you wearing?

Cardigan – Ann Taylor Loft, Tank – Gap, Scarf – Ann Taylor Loft, Knotted Belt – Thrifted, Jeans – Lord & Taylor, Bracelets, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses – Ray Ban, Shoes – Bakers.

Where do you typically shop?

For basics, I’m a fan of the GAP and Ann Taylor Loft. Forever 21 and H&M are great for trend-on stuff and cheap accessories. I also love combing through the racks at big department stores like Macys and Lord and Taylor. And I LOVE shopping alone. People have tried to talk me out of some of my favorite purchases, but you just have to be confident in your decisions and know what you like.

How would you label your style?

I’m not sure if my style has a “label” but I like taking something classic and putting an unexpected twist on it somewhere. I love grandma-ish floral prints and studded, edgy things all the same. So I guess I would say classic and fun, infused with bits and pieces of just about everything.

What is your style influenced by?

Lady Gaga.  Just kidding- kind of. I’m influenced by a lot of bloggers, most notably Jessica Schroeder of What I Wore. Also, both my grandmothers have great style, so it’s always fun to clean out their closets. I love looking at pictures of them from the 60s and 70s – it’s interesting to see the trends you read about from those decades worn on someone you know.

What inspires you when shopping/getting dressed?

I really like things that are kind of ugly and really quirky. The things that catch my eye when I’m shopping are those pieces that you can’t see the potential in from far away. You have to put them on, and then it clicks.

Do you have any style icons?

That changes daily! Right now, I’m loving Sienna Miller and Rachel Bilson because they always nail that “effortless chic” thing that so many people are searching for. That’s the thing… you can’t try for that, it just has to happen. I’m waiting for the day.

Why is fashion important to you?

Fashion is more than just what we wear. Designers are artists and have a huge impact on the way the way we all dress because it all trickles down. Also, fashion has an amazing history that has always fascinated me. If you study what people wore throughout the decades, and know what was going on culturally, you really can see a parallel and that’s amazing.

To what extent do you view your style/fashion in general, as a form of self-expression?

I don’t dress for anyone else, that’s not part of the equation, so it’s always about self-expression. What I wear is about what I want to wear at any given moment, what I’m feeling.