Support Your Local Girl Gang

Several things about me…

1. I adore my own #girlgang and will brag on them every chance I get

2. I love all things fashion and Riffraff

Knowing that, no words for how excited I was to combine the two and show how 3 of my best girls take a little bit of Fayetteville and #riffrafflove with them when they’re away at school.

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Logan Dallas is a junior at the University of Southern California majoring in International Relations. When she’s not planning her future presidential campaign (she could run for president right this very second and I wouldn’t think twice about voting for her), she’s usually spending her time exploring Los Angeles and running into Heidi Klum at spin class or Orlando Bloom at the movies (true stories). Normal.

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Shelby Bensinger, a student at the University of Alabama, has always been my go-to-girl when it comes to fashion. Having developed her own mix of style, it’s been fun to see how that style has developed and evolved a little since she turned into a Bama girl. It’s been hard for me to have her closet 547 miles away these days, but luckily enough we can, and frequently do, shop the same Riffraff collections online.

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Maddie Snyder, Ole Miss student and also a Riffraff #gamedaysweetheart, embodies all things southern. True to tradition, Madds spends her Saturdays in the Grove doting the cutest game-day dresses. She also has been offered an opportunity to shadow ESPN HQ this summer. Ahhh! Get it, gurl.

I forced our constantly active group text to take a break from its usual shenanigans to answer a few questions for me.

Q: How would you describe your personal style?

Logan: My style is definitely based around classic, mostly casual pieces but I like to mix in standout pieces to match my mood. Something like if Charlotte from Sex and the City threw on converse and a leather jacket.

Shelby: Honestly it depends on the day! I’m all about the boho chic and bright colors and patterns, but I also love an all black outfit.  It just depends on what I’m doing!

Maddie: Mine is honestly a huge mix. I wear more casual stuff when I’m going to class and running errands and whatnot. But with this new internship I’m kind of freaking out! I’m going to have to stock up on blazers and find ways to make business-wear and things I wear while reporting trendy.

Q: Was moving out of Fayetteville a tough adjustment?

L: At first moving away from home to L.A. felt like moving to an alien planet. The people, community, and just general mood are all so different than that of Fayetteville, but within a semester I felt at home in the city. I still have a deep love for home and the people there, but definitely don’t regret my decision to come here.

S: I love Fayetteville so much and leaving was so hard, but honestly once I got to school I kept myself so busy that I barely had time to even dwell on it. Plus, I met so many people who were in the same boat as me, and making friends was so easy! I couldn’t be happier with my choice, and Fayetteville is the absolute best place to come home to.

M: It was difficult at first. I’m super close with my family so being away from them was an adjustment. But over time, it all gets easier. I’m not ridiculously far away, so that’s a comfort as well.

Q: How would you say your style has evolved since you began college?

L: I’ve added a lot of business clothes to my wardrobe! (lol) But also I’ve become more laid back about my general look. The “California look” with ripped jeans, a flowy top with a fitted jacket and slip-ons is a go-to. People work to look casual here, and I’m definitely not complaining.

S: I think I’ve matured a lot and I think my style has done the same. I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I can’t spend the rest of my life in baggy sweaters and cutoffs, so I’ve started buying more business casual clothes and things like that.

M: The farther I get into college, the more professional opportunities I’m getting, so my closet is definitely evolving from my more casual self to my more professional self. Super cool- but also a little scary! The “real world” is coming, y’all.

Q: If you could trade closets with any celeb, who would it be? And why?

L:  If I could trade closets I think I would definitely choose Emma Watson! She has a great classic look that’s beautiful and stylish, but not bland.

S: Kourtney Kardashian 10000%!!  She’s the hottest mom ever and no matter what she’s wearing she’s always killing it, even if it’s a really simple outfit.

M: I would trade closets with Blake Lively, for sure. I have nowhere to wear all her awesome formal wear, but I think she has one of the best collections for a celebrity. I also really admire how she dresses up casual pieces. She’s the queen of throwing a blazer over a casual dress and making it so chic.

Here are some pictures of my pals over the years wearing some of their favorite Riffraff pieces. Huge thank you to my #girlgang for taking time out of their day to let me pick their brain and show how they take #riffrafflove with them everywhere they go!

Written and curated by Carley King, Summer ’16 Creative Intern

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