Fall fashion doesn’t have to be strictly for layers and autumn colours. Michelle Leip, a second-year Computer Science student, brings a bit of frill and frou-frou to fall.
“I like frouffy things, hence the dress, but I also like geeky, more comfortable things like the Docs, and of course the Sherlock shout-out,” Liep says. “I kind of just wear whatever makes me happy. I don’t think I draw inspiration from anything.”
For Leip, she keeps her colour palate simple, letting the pieces speak for themselves.
“I like neutrals and blacks, but I think red is for autumn,” she says.
The black tool dress paired with the chunky Doc Martens acts as a striking clash of feminine-masculine. Rather than a mere blended unisex style, popular in autumn, Leip takes characteristic aspects of multiple genders and juxtaposes them in an interesting and provocative display.
As for her unique style, Leip notes her affinity for comfortable clothing, or clothing that represents her more “geeky side,” which is perfectly represented in her deer-stalker hat, most notoriously worn by Sherlock Holmes.
“I’ll wear nerdy graphic t-shirts all the time or big sweaters,” Leip admits. “I don’t know if I have a specific style. Usually it’s like Grandpa or hobo chic, or geek chic.”
Leip’s advice for those wishing to push the boundaries of their own style was simple: “Just wear whatever you want, I guess!” she says with a laugh.
To channel Michelle Leip’s style, try keeping colours basic, but tastefully clash your pieces to make the outfit interesting. And if you have a unique interest, represent it well by incorporating it into you outfit, as Leip did with her hat.
Where to get it
This unique fashion statement is a tricky one to find. Try checking vintage, or high end costume stores for similar items.
Tool dress — H&M
This edgy dress bring a bit of frill to the outfit, while still pairing well with other bold items
Brown belt — Mod Cloth
This thin, attractive belt helps break up the black and add a dash of class to the outfit. It also matches the socks.
Brown Socks — Urban Outfitters
Again, these higher socks separate the dark shoes from the dress, and match the belt perfectly.
These chunky boots bring a distinctly masculine presence to the otherwise quirky and feminine outfit.