It is a truth universally acknowledged that any girl above the age of twelve, in possession of a few good magazines, will learn to love fashion. And if you take into account the fact that I had two older and cooler sisters to guide me through the transition to teenager, I was surely a goner. What started out as the pre-teen cheerleader’s uniform of graphic Abercrombie and Fitch tees, flare jeans and flip flops (don’t lie, you all wore this in 2006 and thought it was fabulous too) quickly morphed into more daring style choices and a full-blown love affair with fashion. To this day, my most-viewed sites on my laptop are all fashion magazine sites and street-style blogs.
Though I have always prided myself on being on-trend, moving from your average public high school to the University of Notre Dame was a complete shock to my sartorial senses. Living close to Pittsburgh, I was used to seeing a more edgy style dominate the college-aged population. Needless to say, the classic sophistication of Notre Dame was a refreshing change from the dark neutrals I was used to. My first thought upon moving into the dorms was that I had never seen such a large gathering of pastel-colored chino shorts in one place. It was a living, breathing J.Crew ad. And I loved it.
My time at college has shown me that great style should be timeless and less trend-based. You should nod to current trends, but never invest heavily in them. Now, I am a firm believer that less is always more when it comes to fashion. My wardrobe is infused with neutral basics that can be mixed and matched in many ways. A basic button down and dark wash jeans will never go out of style.
I live by the principle that you shouldn’t buy it, unless you can think of at least three ways you can wear it with things you have in your closet at home. While I’ve always been a fan of black and other neutrals, life as a Domer has given me a new appreciation for colors. While that doesn’t mean I’ll be stepping out in head-to-toe pastels any time soon, I try to choose one colorful piece like a statement necklace or basic denim to add a pop of color to my outfits.
As a sophomore marketing major and a first time writer for CollegeFashionista, I’m extremely excited to be bringing you the Style Advice of the Week for the duration of the spring semester. I hope to bring some of my own sartorial sensibilities to my posts and remind us all to live by Yves Saint Laurent’s philosophy: “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”