College Fashionista, presented by guest blogger, Meredith O’Brien


Allow me to introduce my daughter, Meredith O’Brien, who is today’s MANic Monday Guest Blogger.  And may I please boast, as Meredith as been chosen as a 2013 Fall Fashionista intern at Indiana University, and will be writing about fashion and style at the IU this Fall.  Her first subject, Patrick O’Brien, alias, the “west-coast Fashionisto”, who modeled for her application essay on how college men can transition from day to night.

Meredith O’Brien

Indiana University


Mock Style-Guru Report

Let’s Hear it For the Boys: Transition Day to Night

The transition from a daytime outfit to a nighttime outfit is a common challenge for most, especially when living the demanding college lifestyle. College is when students are their busiest and begin to practice time management. Managing your schoolwork and social life can mean going straight from class or the library directly to dinner with friends or even a date. The key is to start with the basics. By starting with essential daytime pieces, and then layering on or adding accessories, achieving an appropriate look for night can be a cinch!


This west coast fashionisto has mastered the process of transforming from a daytime look into an evening look; and he makes it look effortless. He eludes the cool and casual California vibe with this easygoing ensemble. He sports a classic baseball tee that is revved up with distinctive features; Henley-detailing that is adorned with a few buttons, stripes, and even a two-toned pattern. This shirt couldn’t be more spot on! By throwing on his favorite wayfarer shades, he displays undeniable confidence.


Khakis are another essential item that every man should have in his wardrobe. This fashionisto’s black sneakers and dark toned T contrast flawlessly with his neutral pants. Plus, the beige color goes with virtually anything and they are acceptable to wear anytime of the year. To finish off the daytime look, he added unique Nike kicks with a pop of turquoise. In my opinion, the shoes are the most interchangeable part of this outfit. This look can be rocked with a variety of shoes; try a bold colored Sperry, a sleek pair of white Converse, or even refined oxfords. In order to stand out when wearing basics, accessories such as this fashionisto’s shoes or sunglasses are what illustrate his individual style.


After a busy day of work and class, he is meeting up with his buddies at a local outdoor festival. The quarter zip, a staple for college students, not only will help him avoid the chilly evening breeze, but it adds preppy personality to his look. He looks comfortable, but far from sloppy.


This look embodies an abundance of versatility. By coordinating an almost “skater” inspired ensemble with a sleek hairdo and tailored pullover, this fashionisto’s look is unquestionably unique, personalized, and well put together.









  1. Oh my, like mother like daughter…heck, like mother like son! You all have the fashion bug, and Mer has a real knack for writing. Loved the snappy verbage (rocked this look, snappy colors, etc.) I also happen to love the outfit and my sons need those nikes. Well done and congrats on the fashionista opportunity at IU. Proud of Meridith!

  2. Mer, congrats on your first blog! Very entertaining, and just as enjoyable to read as your mom’s. Good
    luck with your assignment this fall. I know you’re the right fashionista for the job!!!

    • Enjoy Pittsburgh…I hope she is continuing to make me proud! And thank you so much for everything you have done for her.
      Looking forward to a Kampai celebration!!

  3. Meredith…..You are the fashion version of ‘Carrie Bradshaw!’ Although…even prettier!!!
    I recall an O’Brien phrase……’A touch of WHIMSY!’ ha ha You need to throw that in there!! Go Meredith! We’re big fans of yours down in Bloomington!!

  4. I need her to send me (or post for all) suggestions for an incoming college freshman!!! He needs help and my advice just won’t do! Make sure you send links to what she writes, so I can forward them on! Great advice and great outfit!

    • Ellen, we will work on that for you…in one of my previous blogs, we did address this, and I’ll send you a copy.
      Best of luck to Austin…I remember when he was 3!!!

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