Clockwise, from top left: Shopbop Buyer Jane, friend Stefani, and Shopbop Buyer Alana, Townsen sweater, 360 Sweater dress, Adia Kibur bracelets, BLK DNM jeans, and Theyskens’ Theory booties.
Our stylish staffers are taking a look back to their college years to share their fashion ups and downs, must-have picks, and hard-earned advice. For our final feature, we talked to Senior Buyer Alana.
Name: Alana Goldsmith Brown
School: The Fashion Institute of Technology, Class of 2003
SHOPBOP: During your college years, did you ever try any trends or styles that, looking back, weren’t so great?
ALANA GOLDSMITH BROWN: I loved being tall, so I wore moonboots for my whole freshman year. They were ridiculous on me, but I loved them.
SB: What were some looks you loved, even now?
AGB: When jeans became popular in the fall of ’99, none of my old friends understood the trend. They all went to Big 10 schools, so when they went out at night, they wore black pants. I insisted that jeans were in, and if I could get into a New York City club in jeans, I wasn't changing into black pants in a college town.
SB: It’s back-to-school time. What are your top must-haves for fall?
AGB: Black BLK DNM jeans will always be a staple, as well as a cozy sweater and a classic sweater dress. For accessories, try Adia Kibur for of-the-moment jewelry at a great price. Finally, I love a good lace-up boot. They look great with jeans or paired back to a mini dress. Theyskens’ Theory combat booties are definitely worth the investment.
SB: What is your style advice to those who are in school now?
AGB: Never throw away the styles you love! You will always be able to fit your favorite pieces back into your wardrobe. If I had saved my favorite overalls, I would have been ahead of the trend.
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