When I was eight, I was in my first dance recital. We wore pink sequin tutus and feather boas wrapped around our necks as we strutted to Madonna’s “Material Girl.” Now, at age 22, I can proudly say that I am a material girl and we definitely are living in a material world. Everywhere I go there are so many men and women matching their personalities to clothing to create this amazing concept we call fashion.
As an English major with a Creative Writing focus, I come across many people who live for self-expression. One thing I’ve noticed in getting to know all my peers’ writing styles is this: I often know who they are before they even speak. Our characters are not only defined by our actions and what we have to say, but by how we chose to present ourselves to the world. Style is individual, and as Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
For my personal style, I have a love affair with black and white. There is something so classic about the pair, even when put together in the most graphic of patterns, it still possesses a look of luxury. Instead of using a pop of color to polish off my looks, I prefer hardware. When I’m out shopping, I tend to buy tank tops with spikes or boots with chains. If I’m feeling a little less edgy, I’ll opt for leather (leather is tame for me, I swear!) or rhinestones to amp up the girly girl in me. To add sophistication, I like to throw on a structured jacket or blazer. I believe everyone should own a black blazer that makes them feel like they can take on the world. As a makeup artist, my favorite accessory to any ensemble is either a statement lip, accomplished with MAC lipstick in the shade Heroine or bold eyeshadow. For a variety of shades, check out the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette. I love looking strong, so pairing classic pieces with bold makeup gives me the confidence I need.
As a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista, my goal is to not only capture the most innovative and inspirational styles on my campus, but to look for new ways to express my own sense of fashion. In an ever-changing industry, there is always the anticipation of “what’s next?” or “who’s next?” Maybe this semester, that next big thing will begin right here in Madison, Wisconsin.