CSULB's Most Fashionable Instagrammers

WORDS BY: MADISON GALLEGOS
PHOTOS BY: INSTAGRAMERS FEATURED

What began as a simple photo-sharing hub quickly blossomed into a fashion nirvana.  Instagram has expanded as an outlet for fashion connoisseurs and enthusiasts to express their creativity, derive inspiration, and more importantly, establish and broadcast their image. Now that social media has become fundamental to our society, Instagram can often be the gateway into the industry. More and more models, stylists, and photographers are being discovered through their accounts, and you can, too. CSULB students are already making a flash as they cultivate followers while also showcasing their ingenuity. We found five students whose Instagrams are striking in aesthetic, creativity, and personal style. Each one displays their own unique form of artistry from outfit looks to expressive photography. Here we delve into the vogues in front of the camera, unveiling the ins and outs of what it takes to run a successful fashion Instagram and how to pull it off. If you’re looking for an account to admire or inspire, these are the ones to follow.

Ashley Hua (@dancingypsy)  /  1,975 followers  /  Fashion Merchandising Major

How would you classify your style?
I don’t have one specific style, but I can style myself from athleisure wear to retro/vintage to street chic and everything in between!

What are you favorite places to shop?
Topshop, Zara, Free People, Urban Outfitters.

Do you do all your own photography? What camera do you use and what are your favorite filters?
Most of my pictures are from my iPhone, but I have done a few photoshoots with a photographer. My favorite filters are A6, HB1, and HB2 in VSCO.

What are your favorite things to shoot and where?
I love to shoot in anything! I preferably like to shoot somewhere with a plain or colorful background or in front of houses, shops, restaurants and in museums.

What’s your style inspiration?
My style inspiration is influenced through old and new music I find, places I visit, interior and exterior decor and architecture, friends, youtubers, fashion bloggers, high end designers, and other instagram accounts.

Do you have any tips on how to improve your Instagram or how to develop your aesthetic?
To improve your instagram, know what you want your account to be about. Then from there you stick to it or stick to a theme that flows, but is not limited to only posting one category of something. Always take photos in daylight or bright lighting for the best outcome. Follow other instagrams that inspire you and use theirs as a guide to how you want your feed to look and feel. Doesn’t hurt to imitate their content because everyone’s photos will always turn out different and have a different mood. Lastly, have fun with developing your image/brand and never take it too seriously because it isn’t real life.


Paloma De La Rosa (@dove_dlr) / 254 followers / Children Development & Family Studies Major

How would you classify your style?
I classify my style as feminine. I love wearing dresses, lace, frills, chiffon, etc.

What are you favorite places to shop?
I love online shopping! ASOS is my absolute favorite online store. They have the most stylish clothes and shoes. I also love H&M, Boohoo, and Forever 21.

Do you do all your own photography? What camera do you use and what are your favorite filters?
I use a Rebel T6 DSLR camera to shoot most of my photos. I also shoot a few photos with my iPhone. I like to use the VSCO app to edit my photos. My favorite filters are HB1 and HB2. I do most of my own photography, but when I want to shoot outfit looks I have my sister behind the camera.

What are your favorite things to shoot and where?
I’ve been into flat lays lately. I also enjoy photographing my outfits. I like wearing sunglasses and carrying a handbag when I shoot outfit looks. It gives the look a nice finishing touch. I either shoot in my backyard, around my neighborhood, or places I visit.

What’s your style inspiration?
I get my style inspiration from fashion magazines and fashion bloggers such as Julia Engel, Rachel Parcell, Jenny Cipoletti, and Emily Jackson. I also get inspiration from celebrities. Some of my favorites are Olivia Palmero, Miranda Kerr, Lily James, Emma Watson, and Kate Middleton.

Do you have any tips on how to improve your instagram or how to develop your aesthetic?
Before doing anything, plan ahead. Decide on what kind of content you want to show your audience. My number one tip to achieving a nice photo is to invest in a good camera. A good camera makes a big difference to the quality of your photos. I’m sure there’s a great camera out there that fits your price range. Lighting is another important factor in creating a successful photo. Natural light is always better. For me, early morning and late afternoon are prime times to shoot.


Tal Heruty (@talisshort) / 635 followers / Fashion Merchandising Major

How would you classify your style?
I’m not really sure what to label my style, it’s always changing! I guess right now I’m really liking the 70’s and 90’s, but modernizing it.

What are you favorite places to shop?
I pretty much only shop second hand. I sell vintage clothes, so I spend a good portion of my time in thrift stores. Most of my outfits end up being head-to-toe thrifted. I don’t like to contribute to fast fashion so I tend to avoid most regular stores.

What camera do you use and what are your favorite filters?
For most of my instagram photos I just use my phone, which is an iPhone 6S. For more professional photos I use my Canon 60d. I use VSCO to edit my photos and the filters I gravitate to are A4 and A6.

What are your favorite things to shoot and where?
I love shooting fashion editorials and portraits. I love just walking through a city and using buildings and alleys, finding nooks and crannies.

What’s your style inspiration?
One would be Winona Ryder in the 90’s! She always looks so cute but badass. I also take a lot of inspiration from street style of different subcultures.

Do you have any tips on how to improve your instagram or how to develop your aesthetic?
I think it should really reflect who you are, what you like, and show what you’re good at. Don’t take it too seriously. Have your own style and be unique!


Jazzy Wiley (@wileyhoney) / 534 followers / Fashion Merchandising Major

How would you classify your style?
It’s tough classify my style because I like to mix different styles together.  One day I may be wearing a bohemian inspired outfit with a very edgy flare and another I’ll mix a 70’s inspired outfit with 90’s twist.  I love mixing styles in this way because it creates unique looks.

What are your favorite places to shop?
Some of my favorite places to shop are Elison Rd. Irene’s story, Prism Boutique, Buffalo Exchange, Nordstrom Rack, and my favorite online store is boohoo.com.

Do you do all your own photography? What camera do you use and what are your favorite filters?
I do most of my photography myself.  I do sometimes have my boyfriend take pictures for specific photoshoots I need help with and then I edit them myself.  I don’t have a fancy camera, I use a simple Nikon Coolpix B500 point and shoot camera. My favorite filters are moon, willow, gingham, and sierra on Instagram.

What are your favorite things to shoot and where?
My favorite things to shoot are outfit looks.  I love being creative and choosing different pieces to show how you can wear them in different ways, like mixing patterns, colors, or styles. My favorite place to shoot different outfit looks is Downtown Long Beach.  Downtown Long Beach has so much amazing art and architecture. My favorite looks to shoot in are one’s that are inspired from the 70’s era but have an edgy flare to them. The 70’s had some major color and pattern inspiration but adding a bit of edge to it always make it fun and different.

What's your style inspiration?
I get my inspiration from so many different places. My inspiration comes from past decades like 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, from some of my favorite designers like Alice + Olivia, and those around me.

Do you have any tips on how to improve your instagram or how to develop your aesthetic?
I’m still learning to build my own aesthetic myself but the only tip I have is to be yourself and be creative. Treat your Instagram like a lookbook for your own personal style. You really have to think about the message you want to send out to the world about who you are and express that visually.  Once you know that answer, that’s when you learn how to develop your aesthetic that represents yourself.


Ivan Ronaldo (@ivan.ronaldo) / 600 followers / Fashion Merchandising Major

How would you classify your style?
My style is a mixture of fashion forward clothing and aesthetic design similar to theatre costume design. I love having a story behind an outfit whenever I can. It adds to my  sense of self and gives me an opportunity to be almost in a different world of my own. That being said, I also like being comfortable and I tend to stick to very neutral colors.

What are your favorite places to shop?
I’m currently addicted to fast fashion, especially Zara. Topman occasionally puts out items that I love. I also like finding unique pieces from different stores that I have visited throughout traveling. I am slowing moving away from moderate quality to designer brands like Gucci.

Do you do all your own photography? What camera do you use and what are your favorite filters?
I have an iPhone 7 plus. I usually have my best friends take my photos after dragging them to the locations. I usually like to just leave photos how they come out of my camera. I add brightness if it is dark and details are being left out.

What are your favorite things to shoot and where?
I love shooting my fashion next to architecture and scenic areas, especially abroad. Some of my favorite places are in Spain and Italy. I like taking pictures with pieces that I recently purchased, especially if they are on trend.

What’s your style inspiration?
My style inspiration mainly comes from the latest fashion shows. I love Italian designers like Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana. I also get influenced by magazine articles that I read that contain fashion editorials.

Do you have any tips on how to improve your instagram or how to develop your aesthetic?
I think it’s helpful to create themes when developing an aesthetic. You can shop for any articles that match and then take photos on locations that correspond.