Ciao Fashionistas and Fashionistos, I am absolutely thrilled to be continuing my internship with CollegeFashionista during the upcoming spring semester! This semester I will be writing for STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK, posting something new every Monday. I am so excited for this opportunity to really incorporate all of the fashion tidbits I discovered while studying abroad in Rome, Italy this past semester.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Christina Lista, and I am a junior studying International Business at Temple University in the City of Brotherly Love. As I mentioned above, I had the incredible opportunity of studying in Rome during the fall semester, while writing a FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT every Wednesday. For me, living in Europe was a life-changing experience and affected more than just my state of mind—it really influenced my style too! From darker hues to edgy accessories, my style as a whole got an overhaul while abroad. Now, I constantly look for reasons to dress up with my black wedges and smear on a bold lip color.
From wintery Amsterdam down to the warm beaches of Positano, every European city has a chic style that is all its own. I’ve learned from my journey abroad that it is important to dress for your self and never for others. The old saying from Oscar Wilde that, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated” has so much truth in it. I try to make that my mantra every single day. Let your style enhance your natural beauty and confidence, but never be afraid to have fun and experiment with those funky pair of printed pants that you’ve been dying to wear. Europeans have taught me that it’s totally fine to wear your Louboutins on the metro, but that being underdressed is definitely a no-no. Sweatpants are unacceptable.
Dark lips, my studded combat boots, and Rapunzel-length hair have become signatures of mine, but who says that isn’t to change in the future? My style changes with each passing day, but honestly, I think that’s part of the fun. While traveling, my outfits transformed with every trip; in Paris: a blazer and a beret, in Rome: ripped jeans and cut-out bodysuits and in Munich: a dirndl and riding boots. The world is a colorful, fantastic place and your wardrobe should be just as amazing and fun.
So travel and experience the fascinating fashions of different cultures. Dress like a local or march to the stylish beat of your own drum. But no matter what, wear everything with confidence and never fear switching up your style! Here’s to the world being at your fingertips in 2014.