Street fashion with CollegeFashionista founder Amy Levin

Amy Levin, CollegeFashionista’s founder and creative director, takes us scouting for stylish undergraduates at NYU, Parsons and FIT.

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CollegeFashionista founder Amy Levin regularly visits college campuses, documenting the most stylish students for her website. We had her scout New York University, Parsons the New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology for trendsetting undergrads to spotlight in Time Out New York’s street fashion column. Many of the students we encountered ditched traditional backpacks for high-end carryalls from designers such as Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Olivia Harris.

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    During her senior year at Indiana University, Amy Levin started a blog documenting student fashion on campus. “I noticed the influence street style was having on the fashion industry and realized that no one was really focusing on the college demographic,” she says. In August 2009, Levin launched her full-blown site CollegeFashionista (collegefashionista.com), devoted to covering undergraduate style at five different schools. Its reach has since grown to more than 300 campuses, prompting a relaunch this month. “College is the first time a lot of people are away from home, and you’re really experimenting with who you are as a person,” explains Levin. “That naturally comes out through what you’re wearing.” To see just how trendsetting coeds can be, we had Levin lead us through New York University, Parsons the New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology on a rainy December afternoon. Neither finals nor inclement weather could stop the students we encountered—clad in fur-trimmed jackets and designer schoolbags—from looking their best.

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    Pedro Azevedo, 24, film major at Miami Dade College; Miami, Florida

    “I love when guys wear fur,” says Levin, referring to the trim on Azevedo’s coat from Zara (locations throughout the city; visit zara.com). The out-of-towner, who was visiting a friend at NYU, layers it over a plaid button-up shirt and tee from Polo Ralph Lauren (ralphlauren.com), and classic Levi’s jeans (locations throughout the city; visit us.levi.com).

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    Pedro Azevedo, 24, film major at Miami Dade College; Miami, Florida

    Azevedo keeps his feet dry with Timberland (474 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts, 646-613-7292 • 28 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-564-5921 • timberland.com) waterproof shoes. “The boots are really cool and perfect for the weather,” enthuses Levin. “And they give that grungy look.”

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    Cole Norum, 18, film major at New York University, West Village

    Norum’s Koto crewneck sweater, purchased on sale at Urban Outfitters (locations throughout the city; visit urbanoutfitters.com), initially caught Levin’s eye. “I always love when I see a guy who is bold enough to wear a print,” she explains. “Then when we got closer, I noticed his hair—that style is really in for college guys. It’s poofier on the top and sort of messy when they run their hands through it.” A graphic tee and 7 For All Mankind skinny cargo pants discovered at East Village Thrift Shop (186 Second Ave between 11th and 12th Sts, 212-375-8585) complete his casual ensemble.

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    Cole Norum, 18, film major at New York University, West Village

    When paired with marled camping socks, these scuffed Timberland desert boots provide a cozy, artfully disheveled look.

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    Taehoon Lee, 24, economics major at New York University, Chinatown

    “The way he layered and styled his whole look is very sophisticated for a college student,” says Levin. “This is very well thought out for a guy, so I really like that.” Although Levin was impressed by Lee’s high-quality basics, including an A.P.C. sweater (131 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts, 212-966-9685 • 267 W 4th St at Perry St, 212-755-2523 • 92 Perry St between Bleecker and Hudson Sts, 646-371-9292 • apc.fr), a Cheap Monday (cheapmonday.com) chambray shirt and Ksubi (ksubi.com) jeans, it was his Canada Goose down jacket (canada-goose.com) that really had her wowed. “Canada Goose makes the best winter jackets—they are so thick and warm,” she enthuses. “That’s one of those things [college students] should splurge on because they’re outside all the time walking to class. It’s an investment piece.”

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    Taehoon Lee, 24, economics major at New York University, Chinatown

    Lee clipped a Folk (folkclothing.com) braided keychain onto his Eastpak (eastpak.com) backpack—the product of a collaboration with menswear designer Kris van Assche (krisvanassche.com)—to give the basic canvas bag some fashionable flair.

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    Taehoon Lee, 24, economics major at New York University, Chinatown

    These suede Dunk high-top sneakers are part of a collaboration between French label A.P.C. and Nike (nike.com).

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    Lydia Karagianni, 19; economics, philosophy and political science triple major at New York University; Gramercy

    A Eugenia Kim (eugeniakim.com) wool headband from Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Ave between 49th and 50th Sts; 212-753-4000, saks.com) elevates an otherwise basic yet polished look, comprised of Rag & Bone jeans (locations throughout the city; visit rag-bone.com) and a classic trench coat from Atrium (644 Broadway at Bleecker St; 212-473-9200, atriumnyc.com). “She’s just well put together, but her headband is what drew me in,” admits Levin. “Turbans are still really in because they’re practical—it’s stylish but it’s also covering her ears.”

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    Lydia Karagianni, 19; economics, philosophy and political science triple major at New York University; Gramercy

    Karagianni received both of these necklaces as gifts from her parents. The monogram disc features a lambda, the Greek letter for her first initial.

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    Lydia Karagianni, 19; economics, philosophy and political science triple major at New York University; Gramercy

    A Louis Vuitton (1 E 57th St at Fifth Ave; 212-758-8877, louisvuitton.com) logo tote makes for a seriously chic schoolbag.

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    Lydia Karagianni, 19; economics, philosophy and political science triple major at New York University; Gramercy

    The stacked heels on these Rag & Bone suede booties ensure commuting to class is a comfortable endeavor.

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    Ian Hundiak, 21, English major at New York University and sneaker vlogger (youtube.com/user/sirsneaker), West Village

    Levin appreciates Hundiak’s bold suede Puma sneakers (521 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts, 212-334-7861 • 33 Union Square West between 16th and 17th Sts, 212-206-7761 • puma.com), which provide a visually interesting twist to his staple guy pieces: jeans and a tee from H&M (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com), and a plaid button-up shirt from Old Navy (locations throughout the city; visit oldnavy.com).

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    Ian Hundiak, 21, English major at New York University and sneaker vlogger (youtube.com/user/sirsneaker), West Village

    This Louis Vuitton bracelet is an unexpected high-end accessory.

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    Ian Hundiak, 21, English major at New York University and sneaker vlogger (youtube.com/user/sirsneaker), West Village

    A digital watch from Kenneth Cole (locations throughout the city; visit kennethcole.com) helps Hundiak stay punctual while looking sleek.

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    Kerrin Smith, 20; economics, social entrepreneurship and fashion major at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and fashion blogger (catid.net); West Village

    Comfort was key when Smith put together this menswear-inspired outfit, featuring slouchy Madewell jeans (115 Fifth Ave between at 19th St, 212-228-5172 • 486 Broadway at Broome St, 212-226-6954 • madewell.com), a men’s Marc by Marc Jacobs (382 Bleecker St at Perry St; 212-929 0304, marcjacobs.com) three-quarter-length tee and a Joie (1196 Madison Ave between 87th and 88th Sts, 212-837-2220 • 114 Wooster St between Prince and Spring Sts, 646-284-9081 • joie.com) leather jacket. “Boyfriend jeans are one of those trends that’s hard to pull off, but she’s the perfect body type for it,” says Levin. “They look great on her. She just has that effortlessly cool look.” A Marc by Marc Jacobs laptop case doubles as a clutch.

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    Kerrin Smith, 20; economics, social entrepreneurship and fashion major at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and fashion blogger (catid.net); West Village

    Smith piles vintage bracelets atop a David Yurman (712 Madison Ave at 63rd St; 212-752-4255, davidyurman.com) bangle. Her customized ring from Boston jewelry boutique Pageo (pageo.com) bears an interior inscription and was a high school graduation gift. A Rolex watch adorns her opposite wrist.

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    Kerrin Smith, 20; economics, social entrepreneurship and fashion major at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and fashion blogger (catid.net); West Village

    Smith calls this bejeweled crown, found in her mother’s jewelry box, her “princess pin.” She attaches it to the drawstring of her leather jacket for a whimsical touch.

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    Kerrin Smith, 20; economics, social entrepreneurship and fashion major at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and fashion blogger (catid.net); West Village

    “These are the most comfortable shoes I own,” effuses Smith of her Stubbs & Wootton (stubbsandwootton.com) leopard-print slippers.

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    Noe Paparella, 19, fine arts major at Parsons the New School for Design, Union Square

    “I’m a fan of the military trend and the length of this jacket is great,” says Levin, referring to France transplant Paparella’s army green coat from Parisian boutique Shine. “It’s the kind of thing you can wear with everything, and as a college student you want pieces that are versatile.” Paparella throws the jacket over Uniqlo (666 Fifth Ave at 53rd St • 31 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves • 546 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts • 877-486-4756, uniqlo.com) leggings and a Forever 21 (locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com) tank. Her WeSC x Dim Mak headphones act as a vibrant accessory.

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    Noe Paparella, 19, fine arts major at Parsons the New School for Design, Union Square

    Both of these delicate rings were made by Paparella’s grandfather.

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    Noe Paparella, 19, fine arts major at Parsons the New School for Design, Union Square

    An ethnic-print bag from Parisian store Andre (andre.fr) provides a dash of Bohemian pizzazz.

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    Noe Paparella, 19, fine arts major at Parsons the New School for Design, Union Square

    Thick socks scored at a Chinatown shop add extra padding to Paparella’s Shine motorcycle boots.

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    Johnny Taranto, 21, fine arts major at Parsons the New School for Design; Crown Heights, Brooklyn

    A Banana Republic (locations throughout the city; visit bananarepublic.com) denim jacket and Vans (vans.com) skinny jeans both play second fiddle to Taranto’s fur-collar vintage coat, which his roommate purchased for him for just $10. “What’s awesome about jackets is that it doesn’t matter what’s underneath them because they’re all people see when you’re out,” notes Levin. “Especially in New York, where you’re walking all over the place, your coat should be your statement piece.”

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    Johnny Taranto, 21, fine arts major at Parsons the New School for Design; Crown Heights, Brooklyn

    Cognac-colored wing tips from H&M are an easy and affordable way to look dapper.

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    Aven Helford, 19; fashion design major at Parsons the New School for Design; Flatiron District

    Helford doubles up on outerwear and bags: He layers a Members Only (membersonlyoriginal.com) jacket over an Isaora (isaora.com) windbreaker, and slings a Quiksilver (519 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts, 212-226-1193 • 3 Times Square at Seventh Ave, 212-840-8111 • 587 Fifth Ave between 47th and 48th Sts, 212-888-7526 • quiksilver.com) backpack over his shoulders while carrying a Samsonite (samsonite.com) laptop bag by hand. “When I saw his bright pink jacket, I had to stop him,” says Levin. “A guy wearing pink is always a bold move.”

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    Aven Helford, 19; fashion design major at Parsons the New School for Design; Flatiron District

    A belt from Target (locations throughout the city; visit target.com) helps keep Helford’s pants from Active (activerideshop.com) in place.

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    Aven Helford, 19; fashion design major at Parsons the New School for Design; Flatiron District

    Mismatched Toddland (toddland.com) socks are a cheeky contrast to spiffy Florsheim (444 Madison Ave at 49th St; 212-752-8017, florsheim.com) wingtips.

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    Noelle Campbell, 22, communication design major at Parsons the New School for Design and history major at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, Union Square

    “Oversized coats are a big trend this season,” says Levin, motioning towards Campbell’s Asos (asos.com) fur-trimmed style. “I like that it’s a large jacket with not much of a shape.” To emphasize her petite frame, Campbell pairs it with skinny jeans from Zara.

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    Noelle Campbell, 22, communication design major at Parsons the New School for Design and history major at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, Union Square

    Campbell gets a hand schlepping her stuff with this fanciful Lazy Oaf (lazyoaf.co.uk) tote.

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    Noelle Campbell, 22, communication design major at Parsons the New School for Design and history major at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, Union Square

    Campbell discovered these brogue boots at secondhand store No Relation Vintage (204 First Ave between 12th and 13th Sts, norelationvintage.com).

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    Noelle Campbell, 22, communication design major at Parsons the New School for Design and history major at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, Union Square

    Even a simple knit hat from Duane Reade (locations throughout the city; visit duanereade.com) can look stylish when paired with a fur-trimmed camel coat.

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    Rosie Ko, 20, design management major at Parsons the New School for Design, East Village

    “Something I always see [on campus] is shorts with tights,” says Levin. “It’s one of those trends that you probably outgrow once you graduate, but college students love it and I see it across the board.” Ko winterizes a pair of the Ragged Priest (theraggedpriest.com) shorts in exactly this manner, and wears them with a J.Crew (locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com) plaid shirt and a peacoat from Korean brand Andew. A yellow-trimmed umbrella from Beacon’s Closet (92 Fifth Ave at Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-230-1630 • 88 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-0816 • 10 W 13th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 917-261-4863 • beaconscloset.com) adds a cheerful pop of color on dreary days.

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    Rosie Ko, 20, design management major at Parsons the New School for Design, East Village

    Ko uses a roomy Olivia Harris (shopoliviaharris.com) satchel in lieu of a traditional backpack.

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    Rosie Ko, 20, design management major at Parsons the New School for Design, East Village

    A ribbed knit cap from LF (149 Spring St between West Broadway and Wooster St, 212-966-5889 • 150 Fifth Ave between 19th and 20th Sts, 212-645-1334 • lfstores.com) keeps Ko warm while further shielding her hair from the rain.

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    Valentyn Fedak, 22, illustration major at Parsons the New School for Design, East Village

    “He’s got the three staple pieces that every college student should have,” says Levin of Fedak’s Levi’s denim jacket, Uniqlo black skinny jeans and T-shirt from Urban Outfitters. “When you put them together, it’s just a great, clean look.”

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    Valentyn Fedak, 22, illustration major at Parsons the New School for Design, East Village

    Fedak’s stainless-steel watch from Guess (locations throughout the city; visit guess.com) is just as pared down as the rest of his look.

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    Valentyn Fedak, 22, illustration major at Parsons the New School for Design, East Village

    Suede desert boots from Calvin Klein (654 Madison Ave between 60th and 61st Sts; 212-292-9000, calvinklein.com) add texture and polish to an otherwise basic outfit.

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    Alex Benjamin, 20, illustration major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    “I love when guys cuff their jeans,” says Levin, who was initially drawn to the way Benjamin folded up his Levi’s pants from Buffalo Exchange (locations throughout the city; visit buffaloexchange.com). “I also liked learning about where his stuff came from because it’s all budget-friendly, but he put it together well.” He layers a jacket and zip-up sweatshirt from Target over a T-shirt that belongs to his father, and lets the brim of his DQM (7 E 3rd St between Bowery and Second Ave; 212-505-7551, dqmnewyork.com) hat and colorful earbuds from T.J.Maxx (locations throughout the city; visit tjmaxx.com) peek out from under his garb.

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    Alex Benjamin, 20, illustration major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Benjamin purchased his backpack at H&M.

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    Alex Benjamin, 20, illustration major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Indigo suede Vans sneakers blend seamlessly with denim, and visually elongate the legs.

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    Stephanie Griffin, 22, public relations major at the University of New Mexico; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    Levin fell hard for Griffin’s ethnic-print Asos coat. “I’m obsessed with Pendleton (pendleton-usa.com) and that jacket reminded me of [the brand],” she explains. “It’s just such a cool statement piece.” The transfer student, who is currently taking online classes at her old school, purchased her vintage sweater, ’90s pom-pom hat and J. Brand jeans at Beacon’s Closet in Park Slope, where she works. She accessorizes with an American Apparel (locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.net) infinity scarf and Ray-Ban (ray-ban.com) glasses.

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    Stephanie Griffin, 22, public relations major at the University of New Mexico; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    A Marc Jacobs leather backpack serves as a luxurious schoolbag.

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    Stephanie Griffin, 22, public relations major at the University of New Mexico; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    Griffin will get plenty of mileage out of these neutral-hued 80%20 (8020nyc.com) booties.

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    Kassidy Reynolds, 19, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    “She’s got that rocker chick thing going on,” says Levin of Reynolds’s heavily studded look. “For instance, her T-shirt is legit—it’s not even a vintage one.” Indeed, Reynolds scored her Van Halen tee at the rock band’s concert, and wears it with an Andrew Charles (andrewcharles.com) embellished denim jacket, Lucky Brand (locations throughout the city; visit luckybrand.com) jeans and a Free People (locations throughout the city; visit freepeople.com) chain-link purse. M.A.C. (locations throughout the city; visit maccosmetics.com) Lipglass tinted lip gloss in Cult of Cherry amps up her edgy vibe.

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    Kassidy Reynolds, 19, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Reynolds intertwines a Lucky Brand beaded wrap bracelet with a wood-skull style she discovered at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (W 39th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 212-243-5343, hellskitchenfleamarket.com).

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    Kassidy Reynolds, 19, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    These organic-wood earrings are by Coco Loco (coconutjewelry.com).

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    Kassidy Reynolds, 19, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Calf-length studded Steve Madden (locations throughout the city; visit stevemadden.com) boots transmit tough-girl signals.

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    Patrick Ching, 18, fashion merchandising management major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    “FIT did a whole exhibit on the evolution of ivy style,” recalls Levin, who noticed Ching’s Amongst Friends (amongstfriendsnyc.com) varsity jacket from across the street. “It’s obvious from walking around campus that this collegiate style is still very on trend, just with a twist.” Ching modernizes his varsity letterman look with a V-neck tee from Gap (locations throughout the city; visit gap.com), 7 For All Mankind whiskered jeans and a James Avery (jamesavery.com) cross necklace.

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    Patrick Ching, 18, fashion merchandising management major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Ching supports the New York Yankees with a New Era (9 E 4th St between Broadway and Lafayette St; 212-533-2277, neweracap.com) hat, featuring the same color scheme as the rest of his ensemble. He bought his Prada (prada.com) glasses in Texas and found the cubic zirconia stud earring at Claire’s offshoot Icing (icing.com).

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    Patrick Ching, 18, fashion merchandising management major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    These heart-adorned sneakers are from a collaborative collection between Comme des Garçons Play and Converse (560 Broadway at Prince St; 212-966-1099, converse.com).

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    Chimaobi Anakwenze, 18, advertising and marketing communication major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Anakwenze was walking down the street with Ching when we spotted them, and Levin was struck by their corresponding baseball hats, tennis shoes and glasses. “Their outfits had a lot of similarities, which is typically common for best girlfriends, so it was cool to see guy friends matching in a sense,” she reflects. Anakwenze differentiates himself with a gifted vintage jacket, a Dockers (us.dockers.com) argyle sweater and Asos checkered pants.

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    Chimaobi Anakwenze, 18, advertising and marketing communication major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Studious-looking Ray-Ban glasses and a felt Stüssy (stussy.com) hat from Urban Outfitters provide the finishing touches.

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    Chimaobi Anakwenze, 18, advertising and marketing communication major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Anakwenze removed the laces from his Lacoste (lacoste.com) sneakers, purchased at Finish Line (locations throughout the city; visit finishline.com), for a relaxed feel.

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    Jeffrey Bolt, 18, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    “Usually a trench coat will have leather detailing, but I like that he thought of putting a leather vest over a trench coat,” says Levin, who was impressed by the illusion Bolt created in layering a pleather vest from Urban Outfitters over a Zara jacket. “I’m actually going to steal that from him because that’s really good.” A thrifted button-up shirt from Beacon’s Closet that he dyed himself lends a vibrant splash.

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    Jeffrey Bolt, 18, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    “I didn’t realize Toms (toms.com) made shoes like these,” marvels Levin of Bolt’s patterned desert boots.

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    Alexis Bailoni, 18, fashion merchandising management at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Bailoni puts her own spin on the popular tights-with-shorts trend by donning her Urban Renewal denim cutoffs from Urban Outfitters with a Forever 21 tank top and an H&M sweater. “Those are pieces that can be worn a hundred different ways, so they’re good for college students,” notes Levin. “Plus, her oversized cardigan is just comfortable and easy.”

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    Alexis Bailoni, 18, fashion merchandising management at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    Bailoni slings a leather purse that belonged to her grandmother over her shoulder.

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    Alexis Bailoni, 18, fashion merchandising management at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

    A snakeskin print and chain-link detailing give these Shï by Journeys (journeys.com/shi) cowboy boots an unexpected twist.

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    Clarisse Rassi, 26, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Midtown West

    Rassi rocks the military trend with Zara army-print skinny jeans. “The reason why it works is that she kept everything else relatively neutral, aside from the shoes,” explains Levin. To wit, her H&M bomber jacket, Calvin Klein sweater and leather bag purchased on a trip to Italy are in complementary shades of black, brown and cream.

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    Clarisse Rassi, 26, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Midtown West

    “College students are always wearing headphones when they’re walking to class and hers are really cool,” says Levin. Rassi agrees that her Skullcandy (skullcandy.com) headphones are a must-have accessory while commuting. “They are amazing when you want to go into your zone,” she enthuses. The bird necklace is something Rassi designed back in her native Brazil.

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    Clarisse Rassi, 26, fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Midtown West

    These Zara shoes—a gift from Rassi’s mother—are a convincing knockoff of Chloe’s studded leather ankle boots. “Those are really the highlight of the look,” declares Levin.

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During her senior year at Indiana University, Amy Levin started a blog documenting student fashion on campus. “I noticed the influence street style was having on the fashion industry and realized that no one was really focusing on the college demographic,” she says. In August 2009, Levin launched her full-blown site CollegeFashionista (collegefashionista.com), devoted to covering undergraduate style at five different schools. Its reach has since grown to more than 300 campuses, prompting a relaunch this month. “College is the first time a lot of people are away from home, and you’re really experimenting with who you are as a person,” explains Levin. “That naturally comes out through what you’re wearing.” To see just how trendsetting coeds can be, we had Levin lead us through New York University, Parsons the New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology on a rainy December afternoon. Neither finals nor inclement weather could stop the students we encountered—clad in fur-trimmed jackets and designer schoolbags—from looking their best.

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