Elle Eccles

Name: Elle Eccles

College: Martel '15

Major: English & Psychology

Describe your style: My color palette typically involves reds and burgundies, corals and pinks, turquoises and dark blues. And purple. Lots of purple. I’m careful to only buy things that go well with my skin tone, although black and white and red is also a great combo that I keep coming back to.

Style Inspiration: I get my ideas from the styles of my peers, TV show characters, strangers on the street—really, keeping a style-inclined eye out helps me get an idea of what looks good on what body type, what colors go well together, etc., and I often end up organizing not just my look but my friends’ looks as well. That being said, I don’t approach style as a way to dress, I approach style as a creative outlet. It’s something I feel. And I’m always looking to change things up, always reinventing old outfits as a way of creating just one more thing that’s nice to look at.

Favorite Clothing Item: Every single A-line dress I own.

#1 Accessory: My hair. I’ve actually had to re-introduce myself to someone before because my hair had changed dramatically that they failed to recognize me. I love how much I can do with it.

Tips? When looking for clothes, find clothes that flatter your figure; there are always some out there, if you know what to do with them and when. I often try something on I think will look great on me, only to find out I was terribly wrong; a lot of times it’s just a matter of trial and error. And also, I guess I’d add that there’s nothing wrong with modesty. A good look balances class with adventure.
In my opinion, a look is everything.
It’s hair, it’s nails, it’s rings and earrings and necklaces and shoes, it’s legs, it’s color agreement, it’s overall silhouette; it’s attitude, too, as well as clothes. The number one comment I receive on my appearance is that I am “well put together,” and more often than not I am complemented on my whole look, as opposed to just a single item, because when I’m putting together my outfit in the morning, I take it all into consideration. It is my firm belief that assembling pieces well says a lot more about my presentation and creativity than does a single strong piece on its own. The latter says, “I know how to buy cute things,” but the former says “I know how to assemble.”

Belle Douglas

"I bought the pants when traveling in Greece. They were just so beautiful and they make such a statement."
 Name: Belle Douglass

College: Martel ‘16

Major: Psychology

What's your favorite clothing item: I love dresses, but I think my true obsession is with shoes. I own over 30 pairs.

"I found the dress for $5 at a thrift store. I love these red boots. Red is definitely my favorite accent color, it just adds so much life to an outfit. I especially love the black, white, and red color scheme. "

Making my own clothes: I first learned to sew at age 10 when my grandmother taught me to make clothes for my dolls. We cut patterns out of newspaper, and I sewed the clothes by hand. I now have a sewing machine (it used to belong to my great-grandmother) and cut patterns out of pattern paper, but I still love making clothes. I have a very loose process when it comes to designing things: sometimes I have a shape in my head that I really want to try out, and other times I just fall in love with a fabric and spend hours trying to figure out what it should be. There is a very steep learning curve when it comes to making your own clothes; the first time I tried to go off pattern I ended up with a skirt about two sizes too small! That being said, it is an extremely valuable skill because now when I go shopping, if I see something I really like but it’s too big or too long, I can just alter it to fit me. I still have a lot to learn about making my own clothes but it is a hobby I will have for the rest of my life. 

Fun Tip: A thrift store is a great place to go fabric shopping on a budget. Just look for a larger size than you usually would wear so you have some leeway with the fabric.

"I make some of my clothes and alter even more of them. This dress started its life as a floor length dress with an extremely high collar and HUGE shoulder pads. My mom couldn’t understand why I was buying it but I just loved the pattern. Since then it has undergone some significant alterations (it was also a few sizes too big) and I love the end result. "
Photographer's Statement:
"I chose Belle because she always stands out. She's a person with a soft voice but a loud wardrobe, and I have mad respect for people with style, especially those who let their clothes do the talking. I thought her style was unique, eclectic, and personal, and I wanted to showcase her artistic personal tastes." - Elle Eccles

Esperanza 2014: 4 Fiery Tips

We're back once more with the second part to our Esperanza 2014 style guide -this time we're sparking your imagination with these hot tips!

Follow the Flames
ASOS | Lipsy Dress | $70
If you’re looking for nice detail, the stitching and embellishments on this go well with the orange-red, as if flames have been sewn on.

Catching Fire

For inspiration we turned to the fiery spirit of Katniss from the Hunger Games. 

Embody the brighter flames with this flowy, bright yellow dress – it’ll stand out among the icy dresses and dark suites for sure – or a billowy red one like the one Cinna created.

Nasty Gal | Rare London Giovane Brocade Dress | $98
 ...Or if you're more inspired by Katniss's coal outfit. Melted metallic gold and black make for a sultry combination!

Smoked Out
Pictures are from becomegorgeous.com
Smokey eyes have always been a great go to for a weekend night out, but sometimes people forget to tone down everything. Keep the blush to a minimum and choose a nude/light pink lip color.

Iconic Reds

From our beloved Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway) to the modern country princess Taylor Swift, the classic full red lip is always a do. Fires come in many different colors, so don’t feel pressured to wear a bright red that doesn’t match your dress. And, similarly to the smokey eyes, if you go for the bright red lips, tone down your eye makeup. A single, light to medium stroke of liner will do, with some natural shadowing if you must.


Esperanza 2014: 4 Icy Tips

Esperanza is less than two weeks away and we hope that dress shopping hasn't been too stressful. With two great themes (Fire & Ice), there's a lot of room for fun and creativity. Here are a few simple tips that will inspire and help you find the perfect icy dress! 

Falling Snow
JK2 | Strapless Mesh Cocktail Dress | $56
Nothing says ice more than actual ice. Sequins, jewels and crystals are the perfect way to turn a dark colored dress into a snowy night.

Teal, Mint, and Purple Mountain's Majesty
Zara | Long Gathered Dress | $139
Everyone and their mothers are going to be wearing blue! Mix it up a little by adding in some green and purple hues and you'll be queen of the tundra.

Sleeves of Snow
BCBG | Lake Rhine Stone Cocktail Dress | $428
Esperanza is going to be in a tent outside. You want to look cool but that doesn't mean you have to freeze your butt off. I personally think long sleeved white mini dresses are so so classy.


If you already have a nice simple dress and just want to add a few more thematic touches, go with a statement necklace! No matter where you shop or what your price range is, you can always find ones that look like snow crystals, icy rocks and glassy flowers.

....Stay tuned for the fire guide!

Sarah Percival

Name: Sarah Percival
College: Duncan '14

Major: Math & Statistics 

Describe your personal style:
Colorful, simple, modern.

Favorite places to shop:
Forever 21, Buffalo Exchange, other thrift and consignment stores.

What is your style journey? Why do you dress the way you dress?
I want to be able to express myself visually, but I can't really draw or paint so I use my clothes to make a statement. It's easier to put on a pretty dress in the morning rather than putting on pants and a shirt. I'm pretty lazy in the morning, so I like to do things that are quick.

Any fashion or style tips?
Shop at thrift stores, 'cause you can find really interesting things that are really cheap.

Photographer Statement:
"I featured Sarah because she has a unique, colorful style that really stands out." -Nathan Alison

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