When Zephyr Basine was a sophomore in college, she became frustrated with fashion magazines and blogs: "None of them were aimed at college students. It didn't seem fair that all the sites and mags were written for either teenagers or middle-aged women with careers -- where was the fashion magazine for stylish college girls?" Good point, Zephyr. So, she spent her winter break creating CollegeFashion.net, and on March 1, 2007, the site launched and quickly grew! Now the 22-year-old Bostonian runs the site as her full-time job. "Keeping such a large site running requires tons of dedication. So when I graduated from college in spring of 2009, I made the decision to run CF as my only job. I really love what I do."
Read on for Zephyr's must-have item for spring/summer!
IHD: How do you describe your personal style? ZB: I love really well-cut, high-quality basics, as well as simple pieces with subtle details. That said, I like to mix in one or two edgier pieces in every look -- I'll add something like a studded clutch, blinged-out two-finger ring, a pair of neon flats, sky-high buckled wedge booties, or a blazer with strong shoulders and military details.
IHD: Favorite places to shop? ZB: My favorite online store by a mile is Nasty Gal. I actually try not to visit too often, because every time I check the site I end up buying something -- it's dangerous for my wallet! Also, I'm a huge fan of H&M, Topshop, Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters, of course. And I'm addicted to American Apparel.
IHD: What are you hearting right now? ZB: Lately I've been listening to a lot of Neon Indian, Beach House, and Diplo remixes. As for books, I just got done reading Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami. Also, I'm a business book junkie, so I am currently reading Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tribes by Seth Godin.
IHD: College students are known for wearing sweats and hoodies... and for being poor! What are some investment pieces for spring and summer? ZB: A must-have that will do double-duty for spring/summer: a convertible dress! American Apparel makes a great one - it's like having an entire wardrobe for less than $50!
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