Campus Street Style Showdown: FIT Vs. Parsons

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You asked — and we answered. Last month, we scoured the campuses of two of the city's largest colleges, Columbia and NYU, in search of the most fashionable students in Manhattan. And, you wanted more.
So, we put two of the most creative schools in New York City — The Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons — head-to-head in the ultimate street style showdown. The result was a serious battle of handmade pieces (a majority of the students are studying fashion design, after all), vintage treasures, and cool-kid brands (Acne, Maison Martin Margiela) that mostly left us wondering why we didn't dress this well in school.
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Click through to meet 22 students earning an A+ in style, and find out why they think their college reigns supreme. You decide — who wears it best?
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Name: Angel Chen
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Jacquemus jacket, MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela bag, and New Balance sneakers.
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A multi-colored, printed shirt is the perfect complement to a structured cropped jacket.
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Name: Deirdre Gaine
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: American Apparel dress, kimono purchased on eBay, and Dr. Martens shoes.

What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"Style at Parsons is unique because most students are aware of and participate in the fashion culture of NYC. Students confidently express themselves and wear what might be considered over the top out of context. A quote from Oscar Wilde comes to mind: 'You can never be overdressed or overeducated.'"

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Thoughtful, radical, multifaceted."
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Name: Sofia Colvin
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Banana Republic Pants, Club Monaco shirt, Zara shoes, Pamela Barsky clutch, a Dodo necklace, Cartier ring, Lula Etsy bracelet, and anicase iPhone case.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"Parsons is about the latest trends — who has the new Alexander Wang for H&M line, who has the new Acne winter coat. Most students appear ready for an art gallery opening or a cool party."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Sharp, thoughtful, on-trend."
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Name: Kate McCranor
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: H&M tights and bag.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"The fact that our school has so many different divisions and our artists are not just fashion students — they draw inspiration from their writing, photography, or whichever art form."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Iridescent, stompy, loud."
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Name: Melody Lin (left)
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Maison Martin Margiela pants, Topman shirt, Rick Owens jacket, and Nike x RT Air Force 1 sneakers.

Name: Shi Chi Chi (right)
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Zara pants, Armani T-shirt, Acne leather jacket, and Nike Air Max iD sneakers.
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Name: Michal Hlebo
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Michal Hlebo jacket, ASOS dress, Forever 21 top, Topshop socks, and Pamela Love jewelry.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"The majority of people [here] don't just wear sweatpants and their school's sweatshirt."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Minimalist, current, Miley Cyrus."
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Name: Suha Jeng
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Urban Outfitters top, American Apparel pants, Tod's shoes, and a Beyond Closet clutch.
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A bright, bold, and patterned clutch goes a long way.
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Name: Marie Genevieve
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Marie Genevieve jacket, Marc by Marc Jacobs pants, Topshop shoes, and Kala glasses.

What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"I am an Assistant Professor of Fashion Design here. My students know that I love to play and push the boundaries when it comes to colors; they learn quickly to be fearless and take risks!"

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Pink, silk, honest."
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Name: Emma Lewis
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Sandro sweater and blouse, Zara coat, Topshop skirt, Claudie Pierlot boots, Chanel Bag, Céline bracelet, and a Lizzie Mandler necklace.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"I have a more classic sophisticated look than most Parsons students, who tend to dress in all-black, drapey silhouettes. I like to add pops of color to my outfits and experiment with my accessories."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Modern, edgy, exaggerated."
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Name: Pan Jin
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Uniqlo turtleneck, Comme des Garçons pants, Pan Jin jacket, and Adidas sneakers.
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Name: Nicole Meade
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Cheap Monday sweater, vintage jeans, and Dr. Martens shoes.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"Students [here] dress to make art, and our style really reflects that creative energy, I think."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Eclectic, unconstrained, informed."
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Name: Nylah Scypion-Butler
Campus: Parsons
What She's Wearing: Uniqlo pants and Dr. Martens shoes.

What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"It's a very liberal school, and that translates into the style."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Put-together, preppy, uncomfortable."
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Name: Huisang Park
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: Zara top, Topshop pants, Front Row Shop coat, Longchamp bag, Club Monaco socks, and J.Crew shoes.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"Even though FIT is famous for its fashion design students, all the majors tend to have a very good sense of style."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Free, innovative, colorful."
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Name: Amanda Brohman
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: ASOS dress, Zara sweater and shoes, Claire Vivier bag.
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Name: Jasmine Thomas
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: Jasmine Thomas sweatshirt, Zara pants, Urban Outfitters jacket, and Steve Madden shoes.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"Everybody aims to express themselves through their clothing."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Free, stylish, chic."
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Name: Billie Beth Ricca
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: COS dress, H&M jacket, and Nike shoes.

What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"I just put on things that are comfortable. If it doesn't feel like I'm wearing pajamas, I don't wear it!"

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Quirky, not matchy-matchy, sporty."
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Name: Jessica Wu
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: Forever 21 dress, Uniqlo turtleneck, Pixie Market jacket, Zara shoes, and a vintage bag.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"A lot of people make their own clothing and are into finding unique pieces."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Fashion-forward, tasteful, comfortable."
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Name: Dominique Hitchcock
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: ASOS shoes, H&M pants, Forever 21 T-shirt and glasses.

What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"We express ourselves with unique fashion. And, you will never see the same outfit twice!"

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Diverse, unique, forward."
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Name: Cydney Alvarez
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: Zara pants, Old Navy top, Adidas sneakers, and a Dannijo necklace.

What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"I think our school is very eclectic. Some people get really dressed up for class, while other people just dress in all black."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Diverse, casual, put-together."
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Name: Sarah Jean Culbreth
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: All vintage.
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What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"People in my graduate studies program are so busy that we usually dress for comfort."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Trendy, black, drapey."
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Name: Ashley Yang
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: Acne sweatshirt, Topshop jeans, Zara shoes and bag, and Karen Walker sunglasses.
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Name: Jay Kim
Campus: FIT
What She's Wearing: Jay Kim turtleneck, Levi's pants, Balenciaga jacket, and Adidas shoes.

What makes the style on your campus different from other schools?
"It manages to be effortless, but still cool-looking."

Describe your college's style in three words.
"Casual, chic, comfortable."
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