by Cynthia Ntinunu
Despite the gloomy weather these past few days, we hit the “streets” of UMass Amherst to scout out those willing to bring any sort of color to the scene. We were lucky to meet two incredible people. Meet Favorite Irakunda and Sarah Wennemyr. Each of them have unique styles that are striking to the eye.
Favorite is a graduate student at the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst. Her bright red jacket gravitated us towards her and we thought “we have to speak with her.” As we spoke with her, she mentioned how being French and African influences how she dresses. “There’s this idea of elegance intertwined with my culture,” said Favorite while sporting a red long jacket, paired with a cream tank top, black trousers, and cute black booties. She also paired this look with a circle pendant necklace, that added a hint of creativity without being over the top. Irakunda’s key to achieving great style is just having a few pieces. She doesn’t believe that you need to have all the expensive clothes to look well. You just need a few good pieces to pair together. We definitely agree with Favorite.
Sarah gracefully spins while showcasing her beautiful skirt. As we walked through the campus center to scout out more people, we heard a group of people asking students if they wanted to join a club. Intrigued, we moved closer and we saw Sarah Wennemyr in action. While reaching out to students to join UMass Ballroom Dance Team, their vibrant floral skirt caught our attention. Interested by the how their outfit was constructed, specifically the pairing of a velvet top with this fun skirt, we asked about their style. They said, “I would describe my style as relaxed vintage. I like skirts and shirts that are comfortable.” We think they captured, the relaxed vintage vibe well. If interested in seeing more of Sarah’s style in action, consider attending the next UMass Ballroom Dance Team meeting.