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Wear + where: Virginia Quinlan

Going back to school



How do you stay true to yourself in the sea of college students? I think a lot of that is about who you surround yourself with. If you're surrounding yourself with people who are going to support who you are and your values and personality, then you'll be OK. Especially through my sorority, I've found people that help me be more like me. ... Some people get overwhelmed by the size of [a university], but I think of it as more of an opportunity to meet new people.

What's your favorite thing about college so far? I love the people I've met through my sorority. All of the people I've met in college have helped me become the person I want to be ... and I'm a lot more confident now.

What's your least favorite thing? The fact that going to bed before 2 a.m. is a good thing. I remember being a senior in high school and not being able to stay up past midnight. ... I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. studying for my chemistry final and 3:30 a.m. the night before.

Tell us about your Instagram page, @frugal_fashion504. I subscribed to this website ... that is all about [high fashion]. At the end of each [article] was a "shop the look" section, and the jeans would be $700 and the boots are $1,400 — I couldn't shop that look. I tutor twice a week at school and that is my income. So, for (looks) that I liked, I would go to websites like Forever 21 and H&M and try to find stuff that was similar. I thought, "other people could use this," so I started it on Instagram, and people loved it.

How do you approach back to school shopping? (Often), especially for tailgating, you'll see the same shirt five times in a game day. ... It's hard to find things that you'll be the only one wearing. I don't go on a [shopping] binge — I can't be looking for what I'm trying to buy. The only time I go on a big shopping trip is when ... I go to the outlet malls and get set for spring and summer. ... I have to be in a mood to shop.

What are your favorite "frugal fashion" shops? I love Blink, C. Collection on Maple [Street] and Candy Apple and Bella Bella on Metairie Road. They have great sales, too.

What are you wearing for back to school? A shirt from C. Collection, shorts from H&M that I love because they're flowy and cool, a choker from Francesca's, a bracelet from Kendra Scott and some boots from Zappos.

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