How to look cute but stay practical while studying abroad

With over 80% of students studying abroad at some point during their four years at DePauw, we thought it’d be fitting for our first post on DeStyle to focus on one of the most fun aspects of exploring a new culture: the fashion!  We’ve rounded up some fellow DePauw Students who have recently returned to the States to show you some tips on how to look cute, yet still stay practical wherever you are studying in the world! Whether you’re trying to keep up with the constant chicness of the Europeans or wanting to take a picture in front of the Andes after a 6 hour hike, we’ve got you covered for your next Winter Term or upcoming semester overseas!

Bridget Brendza – New Castle, Australia

Senior Communications Major

  • What is your favorite piece of clothing you bought while abroad?

My favorite piece of clothing that I bought abroad is my oversized, light wash denim jacket! It was fall and winter for the majority of my time abroad, so it was easy to throw it on with black jeans or even with a dress or skirt for casual daytime outfits and going out at night.

  • What piece of clothing did you wear the most while abroad?

I found myself wearing light, floral tops and t-shirt dresses the most while I was abroad. Australian fashion is all about relaxed chic: looking comfortable but still on trend.

  • How did the country you lived in inspire you style?

Newcastle inspired a more bohemian and beachy feel to my everyday wardrobe. I loved to pair flowy tops with distressed shorts with just throw on a pair of sandals and sunnies!

 

Sydney Wysong – Dublin, Ireland

Sophomore Economics Major

  • What is your favorite piece of clothing you bought while abroad?

My favorite piece of clothing was a pair of gingham patterned palazzo pants with a paper bag waist that are a sear sucker material! They are perfect for business occasions or just for fun. They are comfortable and fun to wear (bought them at topshop).

  • What piece of clothing did you wear the most while abroad?

I wore one of my favorite wind/rain jackets because it was nice to just throw on over any outfit with the breezy Ireland weather. It is sometimes referred to as my moon jacket because it is a bronze color and shiny material.

  • How did the country you lived in inspire you style?

I feel like my style became a little funkier and brighter while in Ireland. The colored doors and buildings inspired me in Ireland to brighten up my wardrobe a little! I also bought a romper and pants that were both “tea” length, which is very popular in Ireland.

 

Danielle Smith – New Zealand and Greece

Junior Environmental Geoscience major

  • What is your favorite piece of clothing you bought while abroad?

My favorite piece was probably my fringy purse because it could dress up any outfit.

  • What piece of clothing did you wear the most while abroad?

The piece of clothing I probably wore the most we’re my ripped jeans because I could wear them walking around but also while going out at night.

  • How did the country you lived in inspire you style?

While in New Zealand my outfits were very outdoorsy and natural looking, while in Greece my outfits were more European looking and darker shades.

 

Rachel May – Spain

Senior Spanish and English Writing Major

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  • What is your favorite piece of clothing you bought while abroad?

My favorite piece of clothing that I bought abroad was a blue and white checkered wrap around top with ruffled sleeves. The U.S. really needs to up its sleeve game!

  • What piece of clothing did you wear the most while abroad?

The piece of clothing that I wore the most while abroad was definitely my winter coat! It was very cold the first half of the semester, and having a big black poofy coat that went with everything and had a big hood really came in handy.

  • How did the country you lived in inspire you style?

Spain really inspired me to put a little more effort into what I was wearing, just because the people there dress up every day! Leggings and casual jeans are not common- even for college students. Also, like I said earlier, the styles that I saw (especially in sleeves!) made me want to buy new things and wear them around!

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