By Jordan Koziol
Name: Rachel Benin
JK: What are you wearing?
RB: A Free People cropped black turtleneck, 7 For All Mankind dark wash jeans, Vince Camuto over-the-knee grey suede boots and a vintage oversized black coat.
JK: How would you describe your style?
RB: I try to combine two influences — classy/put-together with a modern twist.
JK: What is something unique that you have in your wardrobe?
RB: I have a brown shearling and suede moto jacket. It has a removable fur collar, so I can take the jacket from casual to night-time simply by removing it. It’s versatile and so warm!
JK: How has your style evolved since coming to the College?
RB: When I was a freshman, I feel like I didn’t really have a sense of style. I would always wear jeans with a top, with no rhyme or reason. Embarrassingly enough, I would still bring out my velour Juicy zip-up from time to time — I would never be caught in that now!
JK: Where does your ensemble inspiration come from?
RB: I love Pinterest. I have a board for outfit inspiration called “My Dream Closet.” Even though some of the pieces are pricey, they tend to be minimalist, so it’s easy to buy similar items and still create the look.
JK: Do you prefer retail shopping or online shopping?
RB: Retail, because you can actually try things on. I hate waiting for something in the mail and then being disappointed. In the store, you can’t be disappointed because you tried it on and it’s more satisfying!
JK: Best place to buy professional apparel?
RB: The Limited. They are known for quality and style. They also have 40 to 50 percent off sales all the time. A few seasons ago, they featured a line based off of Oliva Pope’s style. It was amazing.
JK: Is Olivia Pope a style icon of yours?
RB: Yes! So much that I recently purchased a Ted Baker wool wrap coat. She is known for looks that are professional and classy with an old Hollywood-vibe. I love her!
JK: Favorite accessory?
RB: Diamond studs. They’re timeless. You can wear them during the day with a nice outfit, or you can make them elegant for a night-time event.
JK: What is one trend you are excited to rock this spring?
RB: Not necessarily a trend, but I’m really looking forward to wearing skirts and dresses. They are so easy and I love that springtime outfits don’t require as many layers. It’s less to think about!
JK: What is one trend that you don’t understand at all?
RB: Sometimes I don’t understand athleisure. I think it works for models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, but when girls wear a normal outfit with sneakers, I think it looks mismatched.