As the frigid January temperatures fight to destroy student style, campus fashionistas fight back with functional fashion. It’s hard to stay warm and look cute; usually a sacrifice has to be made. However, making a style sacrifice isn’t the case with sophomore Karina Ko. One look at Karina’s Instagram profile and you’ll notice this girl’s affinity for fashion, friends and photography. This trendsetter works at Anthropologie, which explains her love for all things boho chic. She even loves Vanessa Hudgens (for her Coachella style, not her “High School Musical” acting repertoire). Karina is so free spirited that I almost had to pin this fashion rebel down for an interview.
JG: What are you wearing today?
KK: I'm wearing all Free People, and the boots are from Corso Como (sold at Nordstrom).
JG: Who is your style icon?
KK: I would have to say my style icon is Vanessa Hudgens because she has the coolest hippie looks. She wears really flowy tops or dresses and adds a cool chunky necklace to dress it up.
JG: How would you describe your personal style?
KK: I think the best way to describe my style is Modern Boho. I love layering pieces and I am really into chunky oversized sweaters. I also own a lot of neutral and earthy colors.
JG: What is your favorite brand & why?
KK: My favorite brand would be Free People. I love how they mix prints and layer textures. Not to mention their clothes are super comfortable.
JG: What items or accessories do you recommend women should have this winter?
KK: I think every girl should have an oversized coat that is super trendy but it also keeps you warm during the winter. Another must have would probably have to be a printed scarf. Scarves dress up a sweater or a plain T-shirt. Last, but not least, every girl should have boots! Long, short, or even booties. Boots are a must have.
JG: Are you following any 2014 trends?
KK: I am currently obsessing over Pastel colors. Spring is just around the corner and I don't own a lot of color so it's something that I'm looking forward to.
JG: What is your favorite hashtag?
KK: The hashtag that I use the most would probably have to be #ootd because I'm always posting random pictures of clothes.
JG: What is on your iPod right now?
KK: The most popular artists that I listen to on my iPod are: Mumford and Sons, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men, Florence and the Machine, Daughter, The Head and The Heart, and The Temper Trap.
JG: Who do you follow on Instagram?
KK: I follow Rachel Zoe, Anthropologie, Free People, Aritzia, Tori Kelly, Vanessa Hudgens, and Blake Lively.
This feature was originally written & photographed by me for the online version of The Gonzaga Bulletin.
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