Hi everyone! I’m Allie and words cannot describe how excited I am to be contributing to CollegeFashionista as a first-time Style Guru. I am in my second year at Hofstra University with a major in Public Relations. Walking across campus we all have the tendency to look around and form opinions in our heads as to what other students are wearing. Now it’s my turn to share my opinions with you! Each week this semester I will be writing the STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK column, sharing photos and thoughts from stylish students at Hofstra.
Fashion and photography are two of my passions, and CollegeFashionista just so happens to encompass both. In high school, I took photography classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City on the weekends. The classes not only taught me the technical side to photography, but it also taught me to appreciate and be inspired by different people, street styles and environments.
My personal style can honestly change depending on the day of the week. However, I often find myself mixing together trendy pieces such as statement necklaces from BaubleBar with more classic clothing items from some of my favorite stores which include J.Crew, Madewell, American Eagle Outfitters and Zara. Confession — I can never walk out of J.Crew or Madewell empty handed (sorry wallet).
One of my style icons just so happens to be a former CollegeFashionista Style Guru, Carly Heitlinger, also known as “The College Prepster.” I love the way she combines a preppy, classic looks with trendy New York City street styles. For me, dressing nicely for class has become second nature. Often people, especially college students, mistake style for being uncomfortable. Nonetheless, you can achieve both comfort and style by finding the right pieces that work best for you.
From the wise words of beloved Fashionista Carrie Bradshaw, “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” Preach. However, fashion is more than just the clothes that hang in our closets. Even if you don’t admit it, fashion is a part of everybody’s everyday life. Choosing what you put on your body conveys a silent, yet powerful message to those you come in contact with each and every day. To be a “Fashionista” you don’t have to mirror the pages of Vogue. Be confident, be yourself, and let your clothes do the rest of the work. I’m so thrilled to begin my search for Fashionistas/os who separate themselves from the crowd on Hofstra’s campus!