Freshman Ava Cashman loves showcasing her fun and chic style. She often shops at Zara, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle. “My favorite brand to wear would probably be Urban Outfitters,” Ava said. “They have such a great variety of clothes that I can wear all year round, and everything there is such good quality and allows me to experiment with my style.”
Ava enjoys finding quality pieces without breaking the bank and has found that shopping at thrift stores is key in achieving this. “I do tend to shop on a budget, and thrifting is one of my favorite ways to do so, because you can find so many great pieces at low prices and also help the environment by repurposing old clothing,” Ava said. “I also like to invest in good-quality staples like jeans, boots, and jackets, so that I can mix and match outfits while still saving money.”
Ava loves finishing off her outfits with accessories, especially jewelry and different shoes depending on the season. “I love gold jewelry, and some of my favorite pieces are statement necklaces, hoop earrings, and rings,” Ava said. “I also love to experiment with different types of shoes, and my go-to fall boots are my black Doc Martens.”
The colors that Ava wears change from season to season. “In the summer, I love to wear more bright and vibrant colors like yellow and pink, but in the fall and winter I love to go for jewel tones and deeper colors,” she said.
Ava describes her style as free-spirited. She gathers fashion inspiration from many different places, especially influencers such as Matilda Djerf, Kendall Jenner, and Emma Chamberlain. Harry Styles is also one of Ava’s biggest fashion role models. “The celebrity that I look up to the most when it comes to fashion is Harry Styles,” she said, “and although we may not wear the same type of clothes, his style is so bold and inventive, and he inspires me to be myself and wear what I love regardless of what others think.”
In addition to celebrities, Ava’s style is inspired by people in her everyday life. “So many of my friends and people at KO have such amazing styles,” Ava said. “Even just by walking around campus, it’s amazing to see all of the different outfits people are wearing, and their unique styles inspire me every day.”
In addition, Ava said she is inspired by the modern street style in cities like New York. “[I] also am inspired by eras like the 70s and love to experiment with clothes that are more vintage,” she said.
As Fashionista of the Month, Ava’s fashion advice for others is to wear what makes you happy and what makes you feel good, and to try not to care about what other people will think of you. “Style is all about trying new things and finding what works best for you,” Ava said, “so be bold and have fun with it.”