Photos by Kristin Vartan
New semester, new faces. Pepperdine University just welcomed in transfers who are diverse in scholastic experience and style.
Pepperdine students’ fashion varies across the board. Easy beach access sprouts laid-back, bohemian threads, while the close proximity to Los Angles brings about high-class street chic. Transfers Meghan Drouin, Kelly Byram and Vanessa Dillon all have a style of their own, adding to the university’s broad style identity.
“I would describe my personal style as a combination of boho chic to preppy to vintage. I tend to move around a lot depending on my mood,” junior Intercultural Communications major Vanessa Dillon said.
Dillon wore a colorful and upbeat jumpsuit to the shoot. To top off the look, she wore a playful, floppy hat and nude ankle boots.
When asked if her previous school, Azusa Pacific University, had any impact on her personal style, Dillon said, “I wouldn’t say so, just because I always had a really big passion for clothing to begin with and people there dress pretty casual.”
Sophomore Media Production major Meghan Drouin, also said her style was not influenced by her past school, Quinnipiac University.
“If anything it took away from my style; no one really tries there,” Drouin said.
Drouin wore a funky floral dress with a light denim shirt tied around her waist to the shoot. To add some edge, she made a statement in some brown leather combat boots.
“I guess my style is kind of boho. I will usually dress cute but comfortable,” Drouin said,
“I like wearing a lot of sundresses and I usually have some kind of sweater that I tie around my waist.”
Unlike Dillon and Drouin, junior Psychology major Kelly Byram said that her previous school, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, did have an impact on her personal style.
“It was a Southern school, so that’s where I learned a lot more about the preppy style and that’s when I started embracing that as my own,” Byram said.
Byram displayed her put-together look with a crisp, blue button-down and white high-waisted skirt. She completed the outfit with nude ankle boots and a pearl necklace.
“I dress very preppy, [I like] a lot of classic things,” Byram said, “I love pearls and little embellishments.”
Byram was excited for what’s in store for her at Pepperdine.
“Being a transfer student, I am really excited to meet new people and to get involved in different things that are new to me,” Byram said.
Dillon also wants to immerse herself into the Pepperdine community.
“I have a lot of ideas of how I want to get involved and just meet other people and build community here,” Dillon said.
Drouin was not only excited for the concept of community at Pepperdine, but the career opportunities.
“I look forward to making connections with different people, like students and faculty members and trying to get networking for a job,” Drouin said.
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