Fashionista Spotlight

Much like the seasons and temperature, styles and trends constantly change over time. I had the opportunity to interview a former Style Guru, and true fashion mogul, about the alterations that have occurred in her wardrobe during her time in college. She provided some great style advice and shared how she stays up-to-date on the rapidly expanding world of fashion.

Name: Drew Gaddie

Major: Fashion Merchandising and Marketing

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: Looking back on your past four years of college, how has your style evolved into what it is today?

Drew Gaddie: In general, my taste and style aesthetics have stayed the same, but some minor changes definitely occurred. I must admit there are some cringe-worthy style moments when I think about the past four years. My style has evolved into something I’m proud of, consisting of minimal and simple clothes that are flattering and make me feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve learned to be less worried about keeping up with the small trends, and more focused on timeless pieces that make me feel confident and understated.

CF: How would you describe your style and what inspires/influences you as a fashion enthusiast?

DG: Street style. Dress really is a form of expression and communication. I’m inspired by others and how they interpret trends. There’s no right or wrong way to have style. 

CF: As a marketing and fashion merchandising double major, I know you are heavily involved in many of the fashion outlets at school. Being such a busy individual, how do you stay knowledgeable on current and upcoming trends?

DG: In the grand scheme of things, I stay “on top” of fashion through social media and blogs. If it weren’t for social facets such as Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’ and so on, I think it would be nearly impossible to keep up with the fast pace of the industry. From Fashion Week and street style to emerging designers and collaborations, there are so many new and upcoming aspects of the industry. With social media you can get a little taste of it all. Here on campus, I really try to stay knowledgeable by simply keeping my eyes open—it’s how I learn a lot.

CF: What is the best piece of style advice you have ever been given and what advice can you offer to other Fashionistas?

DG: I can’t really pinpoint one piece of advice I’ve been given that is by far the best. My favorite style quote comes from the late Vogue editor-in-chief, Diana Vreeland, “Fashion is a part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” It’s the truth. Clothes are how we express ourselves. Trends are a reflection of what is going on around us. Our clothes speak for us. My advice to fellow Fashionistas would be dress for yourself, and yourself only. When you feel good in your clothes you will naturally look good.

How To: To get a simple and flattering look similar to this Fashionista’s, layer a gray cardigan over a basic black top. Pair these items with a two-toned harem pant for a loose, comfortable, feminine feel. Finish off the outfit with a pointed toe black flat for a sleek, sophisticated appearance.


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