My name is Annette and I’m so excited to be a Style Guru this fall! I am a rising sophomore at Bentley University, which is a business school right outside of Boston. I’m currently an Actuarial Science major. I love everything to do with fashion and I am honored that I get to further explore my passion with all of you.
I grew up in central Massachusetts, which is about an hour away from Boston. Now that I go to school right outside of Boston, I’m there as much as possible. While in the city, I find so many different small shops that sell the cutest clothes and they are unique particular to each store. I love this because I feel no one should limit themselves to just one type of style. Another thing I love about Boston is that the fashion in the streets is so varied; funky and urban casual to sharp suits to high fashion. This range, I think, is incredible and gives fashion lovers the opportunity to explore and never be afraid to try all the specific styles that they wouldn’t try otherwise.
Because my parents moved to America about twenty years ago, I never really had that American upbringing and that definitely affected my personal style when I was younger. Growing up, my mom would dress me every day until basically middle school. This consisted of itchy, fuzzy, awfully colored turtleneck sweaters with corduroy pants. It made me miserable to say the least. When I started developing my own style in high school, I quickly learned what works for me; particularly, that I love anything high-waisted and gold jewelry.
Now that I’m in college, that hasn’t changed. I find myself wearing maxi skirts whenever I can. I think they’re a great staple piece for any outfit, day or night. But going to a school like Bentley changed my perspective of fashion too. I never really considered myself preppy because I love anything that could have been worn in the ’80s or ’90s (big hair, bright colors, tight pants, loose sweaters). Nowadays, I mix my love for high-waisted pants with preppy buttons down, cardigans and combat boots. There is no such thing as the right style and that’s why I love embracing ’90s punk with the perfect prep. My fashion theories are, “As long as you feel good, you’ll look good” and “Wear what makes you happy.”