Wardrobe Wednesday: Julia's Whimsical Wardrobe

The culture of 90s fashion is ever present in VCU sophomore Julia Karns’ closet. With style icons from prominent 90s and early 2000s pop culture such as Lorelai Gilmore, Buffy Summers, and Jackie Burkhart, Julia’s wardrobe is nothing short of exceptional. Filled with classic silhouettes, rich earth tones, and soft grunge pieces, Julia’s closet pays homage to the illustrious decade which brought us the whimsigoth aesthetic.


Karns’ has a knack for highlighting sleek, feminine elements, while adding flair with unique, grungy pieces; she does this through her collection of romantic, floral maxi skirts, never-ending leather jackets, and one of a kind accessories. Julia’s day to day staples include her classic, black Jeffrey Campbell platform boots, and her quintessential shade of wine colored lipstick which rounds off any look.  

Making outfits her own has been routine for Karns since she was 7-years-old; dressing up in a burnt orange corduroy suit, in lieu of a party dress. Julia’s wardrobe is full of personality and spunk from her vast collection of shoes, to her reservoir of vintage outerwear. 


Julia’s stockpile of thrifted jewelry, belts, and curated handbags allows her to truly wear her clothes, instead of her clothes wearing her. Whether she dreams up an outfit days in advance, or spends hours going through her closet swearing she has nothing to wear, Julia consistently looks put together, thanks to her closet full of curated, quality garments. 


Karns effortlessly showcases her individuality through her one of a kind wardrobe, and continuously absorbs inspiration from new and old pop-culture. (Very) frequent thrifting trips have allowed Julia to perfect the sport that is sourcing vintage clothing. Resulting in a wardrobe with everything she could want (of course not counting her dream Ganni ballet flats).