STYLE GURU BIO: Ali Stagnitta

Style Guru Bio

I am so happy to be back with CollegeFashionista. It’s amazing that this time last year I was applying for my first semester as a Style Guru, and now I am the Head Style Guru for the George Washington University and CF’s Social Media Intern!

Over the year, my style has drastically evolved. I am no longer embarrassed when wearing crazy printed pants and I feel confident when I choose to wear red lipstick, even though I used to think it clashed with my hair. I’ve fallen in love with patterns and I wear even higher heels than before. And still, the best place I’ve ever shopped is my grandmother’s closet.

Every holiday or get-together, my grandma, or Nanny, as we call her, brings a huge bag of her old things for the grandchildren. Designer bags, jewelry, blazers, the whole shebang. A Fashionista’s heaven.

My Nanny came over this past Mother’s Day with a box of her old jewelry. It was the first time she, the ultimate Fashionista, had sat me down and acknowledged my intense interest in fashion. “If you’re truly serious about fashion, these will be perfect for you,” she said. A snakeskin cuff, enamel brooches, Venetian glass necklaces, stackable celluloid bracelets, crystal costume jewelry—all vintage and for the taking. Some of it she had gotten during the Great Depression for a few cents, because that’s what was affordable at the time. Now, these pieces that many may refer to as “junk” or “old” go for hundreds of dollars. Who ever said newer was better?

When I was younger, all I wanted was new, new, new. New UGG Boots. New Juicy track suits. New this. New that. Now, all I want to do is explore Bib & Tuck for the vintage pieces and rummage through thrift shops for some antique designer wear. I challenge you, Fashionistas and Fashionistos, to start summer in with the old and the bold and out with the new.

As Alexander McQueen said, “It is a new era of fashion—there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels and up-and-coming designers all together.” Take risks and indulge in the evolution of fashion.

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