STYLE GURU BIO: Emily Willeman

Style Guru Bio

I’m a student in my first year at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington with a major in Journalism/Public Relations and a minor in Internet Resource Creation and Management.

In a place where improv is cool, there isn’t a football team and the campus literally has a forest with pine trees running through the center, it’s not surprising that WWU’s fashion lives a little bit outside of the average college campus style.

Here, the “coolest” men are also the most fashionable ones and “alternative” fashion is the norm. Western’s fashion is an incredible mix of practicality and beauty, strongly influenced by the surrounding wilderness. We’re also smack-dab right between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., so there are some well-established veins of city chic running through the campus fashion. I predict spotting a lot of warm coat and lovely scarf combinations, plaid and Birkenstocks with socks (which for some reason is a trend here).

It’s this eclectic juxtaposition of style types that inspires my outfits day by day. My personal style is relaxed and preppy with a twist of hipster. The only time I’m not wearing a scarf is if I’m wearing a men’s shirt with a statement necklace under the collar. I love high-waisted skirts with tights, patterned leggings, oversized sweaters, and boots of all shapes and sizes. I veer towards the classic and feminine; I feel lost if I wear something too “tough.” I hail from a town just outside of Portland, Oregon, so I have always been influenced by style that is nonchalant without losing its bold statements.

Ideally, I would wear pieces by Modcloth and Anthropologie 24/7, but as a college student I stick with bargains mostly at American Eagle and Forever 21. I’m mainly influenced by bloggers, especially the ladies at Kendi Everyday, Sprinkle of Glitter and I Spy DIY.

I greatly look forward to showing the fashion community what WWU students have to offer. I’m proud to be a Viking and to be an Accessories Reporter for CollegeFashionista!

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