Junior Brings Groovy California Style to the East Coast

by LAUREN SCHUSTER, Social Media Editor

Today’s fashionable Jasper is Darby Zelaskowski. Zelaskowski is a junior double majoring in English and peace studies from San Diego, Calif. She sat down and shared her style with us.

The Quadrangle: How would you describe your style?

Junior Darby Zelaskowski shows off her groovy California style. LAUREN SCHUSTER / THE QUADRANGLE

Darby Zelaskowski: Okay, the first way I would describe it is if I was wealthier, I would be way more stylish. I go for the ‘70s/‘60s kind of look but then it’s also inspired by California. So, I have a lot of almost skater stuff because I’m like a religious Vans wearer or Birkenstocks, and that’s kind of stereotypical Californian.

TQ: How have you noticed your style change as you’ve grown older?

DZ: So I used to wear, in middle school, jeans and a t-shirt every single day without fail, no matter what. Then I did the thing that everyone always did where someone would be like “okay wear a skirt with me tomorrow,” so I had one skirt and that would be for when a friend would ask me to wear a skirt. Then in high school I started to wear more earrings. I stopped wearing earrings for like five years and then I started wearing earrings again, and that was kind of when I started wearing more “me” clothes. Then, senior year of high school was when I started dressing most like my own personality for the first time. Then [in] college, I definitely have like a “San Diego style” and then I always go back to New York saying “I’m not going to do that, I’m going to dress the same way I always do,” and then I always dress a certain way in New York too. So it’s a little bit different, I don’t even know how to pinpoint it, but there’s a different look both places that I live in.

TQ: Would you wear what you wore in high school now?

DZ: Some things I would wear. I used to wear a lot of book t-shirts, which I still wear because I’m an English major, but honestly, no I don’t think I would wear most of what I did because it was a pretty boring style until my last couple years of high school.

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Zelaskowski shops at both Urban Outfitters and Costco to find pieces for everyday. DARBY ZELASKOWSKI / COURTESY

TQ: What are some of your favorite places to shop?

DZ: So, I shop at Urban Outfitters a lot, and I know that a lot of people have mixed feelings about it, and I know that’s bad, so I also thrift a lot. I do go to thrift stores a lot, which is totally like a basic answer, but it’s what I do. I always talk about this too, so I have magic power with Urban Outfitters, where I always get cheap pants. BDG jeans is like the best pants company I’ve ever bought from and growing up, I never left shopping for jeans without crying. But then at Urban Outfitters, I found these pants for like $20 because they were on sale, and they’re like the most comfortable and most flattering. When you have hips and when you have thighs [like me], you don’t look good in pants and it’s so hard to find them. So, I totally love BDG jeans and that’s why I keep shopping at Urban Outfitters because I always find really good sales. I don’t know how, but every time I go to their sales I find a good pair of pants, for a good price, in my size, which is hard to do elsewhere.

TQ: Tell us where your outfit is from!

DZ: So my shoes are from Costco, they’re knock off Birkenstocks, they were a very good price and I’ve had them for like five years. Then my shorts are from Urban Outfitters, they’re BDG, and my shirt is also from an [ethically] bad company, Forever21, I got this like a year and a half ago. Then my belt is from a thrift store and my earrings are from my best friend’s mom. My rings are from Missouri, Rhode Island, and the OB Farmers Market in San Diego, my favorite place in the world, so it’s locally bought. I’m really into that, I’m supporting that! Buy from local artists!

TQ: If you were given $1,000 to spend in one place, where would you spend it and why?

DZ: Probably Free People, because that is a place with really expensive clothes, but they’re the cutest clothes. I totally wish I could be like a ‘70s queen, ‘60s flower princess, I so want to do that, but everything now that looks like it came from the ‘60s is like $100 for one shirt or a skirt, so that’s where I would spend it.

TQ: How do you plan your outfits?

DZ: This is so funny because I feel like I wear the same thing everyday, but I mostly just cycle through my pants, and I pick my outfit out the night before. Yeah, I would say I base it around my pants and then I’m like “is it going to be warm enough for a crop top?” because pretty much my entire closet is high waisted pants and crop tops, that’s it. Then, if it’s not warm enough for a crop top I get a little sweaty and then I have to find something else.

TQ: Do you have a favorite piece of clothing?

DZ: Yes! I have a jacket that pretty much me and all my friends call “the rainbow jacket.” It’s my mom’s, she bought it like 20 years ago and she bought it like 20 sizes too big because that was all they had left, but she loved it so much that she got it. Then I came across it my sophomore year of high school and I’ve worn it all the time without fail, and it’s like everyone knows me for this jacket. If you know me well, you know the rainbow jacket. It’s three colorblock stripes, red, yellow, and green, and it’s just a really big raincoat kind of thing and it’s got little clasps on it and I love it. I would be nothing without it.