Student street style: The boho urbanite

“People are often intimidated by “style” as if it’s a set of rules governed by magazines and blogs. Style is developed by you, the wearer, and is unique to your own likes and dislikes. If you like it, wear it and develop your own sense of style. I’m here to promote fashion as a form of self-expression. Be confident in being you and the clothes will follow.”
— Martyne Alphonso, third-year English and Devs student

Whether she’s sporting fuchsia lipstick, thick Zooey Deschanel-style bangs or floral patterned tights , Martyne Alphonso isn’t one to blend in with the crowd. Alphonso, ArtSci ’16, doesn’t shy away from punchy accessories or bright colours. It’s her unexpected combinations of girly, edgy and playful looks that make her style memorable.

How could you describe your personal style? My personal style is metropolitan and versatile. I like to pick out pieces with a lot of texture and structure, and mix and match with colour and pattern. I guess my personal style is ‘I wear what I want, and when I want’.

Favourite store/designer: All-Saints. It’s high-fashion structure meets monochromatic basics and it’s to die for.

The story behind the outfit: I woke up this morning to a gorgeous summer day and figured the loose and lightest clothes would fare best in the heat. So I dressed it up with some metallic Asian-inspired jewellery and shoes. Comfy and trendy -- you can’t lose.

Who is your style inspiration? Nicole Richie. She’s a spunky little lady who pairs different textures and prints, or can tone it down on casual days. I love her versatility.

Describe your style in 3 words: Effortless, vibrant, urban.

What she’s wearing: I’m wearing black chiffon palazzo pants by Pink Manila, a crochet crop top by Pins & Needles, leather handbag by Deena&Ozzy, silver Kolhapuri chappal sandals by Indian Handcrafts, necklace and belt by The Barber’s Daughter and wood-panelled sunglasses by Red Pegasus.

Favourite blog: The Vogue Mode, by Jenn Boctor. It’s a fashion blog by an up-and-coming Toronto stylist and she’s incredible. Everything from makeup tutorials to runway worthy outfits, The Vogue Mode is a forum to gawk at today’s Toronto fashion scene.

Quotation to live by: Life’s short, eat dessert first.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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