Central Michigan University’s campus serves as a runway for the everyday fashion lover. Forget magazines and paparazzi shots, the real style icons can be spotted walking to class.
Darcy Hansard, a Central Michigan University freshman from White Lake, describes her unique style as bohemian-chic.
This fashionista is majoring in interior design, and she likes to incorporate her creative flair into her style.
“I am a creative person, and I love art. When it comes to clothes, I like to be creative as well,” Hansard said.
She draws most of her inspiration from the bohemian look of her sister – she introduced Hansard to the looser fitting, free-spirited clothing Hansard is drawn to.
“I love the boho look. I try to find clothes that are in style, but have a twist on them like embellishments, lace and embroidery. I like mixing patterns and layering, and I love accessories. With the boho look, I still like to keep it structured and stylish.”
Hansard says she loves to dress up a simple piece with her many unique accessories, such as layering long necklaces or black tights.
“Layering is important, so if you have a cute black shirt, you can add a cardigan, jacket or flannel. There is a lot of things you can do with a black shirt – it’s versatile and flattering.”
When shopping for clothing items, she says she often questions herself, “What can I layer this with?”
Hansard says she never really cared about fashion until she entered high school. When searching for a style that really fit her personality, she first tried an edgy look.
Hansard wasn’t happy with this style, so she started to try clothes that she was more comfortable in.
You can usually find Hansard shopping in her all-time favorite stores – Buckle, Free People, Nordstrom and Marshalls.
Hansard considers her style to be a reflection of her personality, laid back and a little spontaneous.
“My style is unique in the way I put clothes together. Taking small risks, but still staying true to the boho chic style that inspires me,” Hansard said.
Hansard loves to show off her style around campus and believes style is essential to gaining self-confidence.
“I take pride in my style. Fashion is a really important aspect in my life. Getting ready is something that I like in the morning. [It] makes me feel more confident, which makes me happier in the long run.”
She ended our interview by giving advice to anyone who is still searching for their personal style.
“Your clothes should make you feel comfortable – stay true to yourself, but don’t be afraid to take risks, branch out and try new things.”
Photos by Hailey Polidori
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