For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Cassandra Calcaterra. I’m a senior at the University of Dayton studying public relations and marketing. I’m also a returning Style Guru writing for my second semester at CollegeFashionista. This past fall I wrote for the WHAT TO WEAR column, and this spring I am thrilled to be writing for the FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT every Wednesday. As I venture into my last semester at Dayton, I’m looking forward to sharing all of my favorite style secrets with the CollegeFashionista network.
My craze for the fashion industry has only continued as I’ve jumped farther into discovering all that the industry has to offer. If you’re passionate about your career than it’s hardly work. Fashion is constantly on my mind and I’ve found it to be a method of relaxation instead of just a hobby. It’s the first thing I notice about someone or someplace. Each fabric tells a story and expresses an attitude. And each piece is chosen with a specific intention in mind. I find that to be the most beautiful thing about this spectacular industry, the possibilities of change are literally endless.
I’d like to say I have a look good, feel good personality. Add a bit of a creative touch and there’s no reason to feel underdressed or uncomfortable in any outfit. I also believe less is more, depending on the occasion. There is nothing I love more than wearing a cozy sweater, leggings and a pair of chunky boots on a casual winter day. However, when it’s time to spice up my look for the evening, I always find comfort by personalizing my outfit with vintage pieces. I take pride in styling the old with the new.
Pictured is a JH Collectibles black and white silk herringbone blouse that belonged to my grandmother. Paired with a modern style of high-waisted black jeggings, Steve Madden leather booties and a gray Calvin Klein jacket to complete the look. As for color I find elegance in simplicity. When wearing an all black outfit, I express color through a floral headband, a beaded blouse or dark red lips.
Expensive doesn’t always scream quality and it definitely doesn’t define fashion. Some of the best pieces in my collection are vintage or from a local boutique in town. Fashion is about building a wardrobe that expresses your own personal style. Although, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my share of Michael Kors handbags or Burberry accessories. What Fashionista doesn’t love designer?
Too often I find people living in the past or future rather than the moment. Aren’t we all guilty of that type of criticism? Instead of following the latest seasonal fad, dress in something you’ll remember rather than something that will impress the crowd. After all, style is always best when paired with confidence.