Reporter and fashion-enthusiast, Andreánne Duplessis, took a stroll through campus to spot some fall fashion trends.
Gilmore Girls inspired
Katherine Del Salto, a first-year St. Thomas University student, said her outfit was inspired by Rory Gilmore, one of the main characters in the TV show Gilmore Girls.
“This is a t-shirt my cousin gave to me, and the skirt I bought back in Ecuador, and these tights I bought yesterday in Walmart because I wanted to wear the skirt,” said Del Salto.
She completed the look with wool socks, thrifted black boots and a trench coat. Although her look is Gilmore Girls inspired, she also gets ideas from Youtube, Instagram and Tik Tok.
Del Salto said everyone at her high school had to wear a uniform. She likes how everyone at STU has a unique style.
“Now that I have the opportunity to wear street clothes, school is really interesting,” said Del Salto. “You can really express yourself.”
First-year student Monica Riccio also had to wear a uniform in high school.
“On dress down days [in high school], I didn’t really feel comfortable wearing a skirt — people looked at you weird,” said Riccio. “But [at STU], there are people that dress down but there are also people that dress up.”
Riccio wore a long velvet skirt from Value Village, a black turtleneck from Winners, a faux suede jacket and black shoes from Canadian Tire.
She said her outfit was inspired by Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Layering was another trend Duplessis noticed on STU’s campus. She saw turtlenecks, vests, flannels, sweaters, collared shirts, long sleeves and short sleeves. First-year student Trysten White is one student who leaned into the layering trend.
Some of her favourite places to shop are Envy, Pseudio and American Eagle. She gets her inspiration from Pinterest and other students around campus.
“I’m wearing Doc Martins, Levi jeans and I stole my boyfriend’s flannel, and then a hoodie,” said White.
Ethan Nylen, a third-year STU student, wore an L.L. Bean rugby shirt under a zip-up fleece jacket, blue jeans and Reebok classics. He said what he wears mainly depends on the weather.
“Fall at STU is definitely layers,” said Nylen. “It’s 17 degrees, it’s sunny right now, but it was two degrees when I left the house this morning.”
Nylen said he does a lot of thrifting. If he’s not shopping second-hand, his clothes are usually gifts from his parents or older brother.
“There is a little bit of guilt when you shop at the mall these days, just with fast fashion,” said Nylen. “You can find nice things at thrift stores that are like $4, so why not?”
Jasmine Hébert, a first-year STU student, describes her style as 2000s-inspired. When putting together an outfit for class, she wants to be comfortable, but still look good.
She used to wear mainly leggings and sweaters, but when she started thrifting more, she figured out her personal style.
“The turtleneck I think I got from my sister, I get a lot of her hand-me-downs,” said Hébert.
She wore three necklaces, one was a Vivian Westwood pearl necklace dupe, the other two were crystals.
When shopping at thrift stores, she said she looks for the weirdest stuff and then tries to make it look good.
“I’m trying to get more into sweater vests because I really like those and I have a couple, but some are a little too crazy to work with,” said Hébert.