STYLE GURU BIO: Jenna Cavanagh

Style Guru Bio

My name is Jenna Cavanagh and I am an upcoming sophomore at Marist College, double concentrating in Journalism and Public Relations. I am beyond excited to spend my summer writing the WHAT TO WEAR column for CollegeFashionista. I cannot wait to write about the trends that everyday Fashionistas/os are wearing during the summer months away from school. Summer is, after all, the best season for fashion hunting. Everyone is ready to shed their layers and show off their back from the beach tans.

The saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” can be true for fashion. In many cases, daughters grow up to dress like their mothers. While I haven’t necessarily inherited my mother’s style, I have however, inherited some key pieces from her wardrobe. I mean, who doesn’t love adding a little vintage to the mix? Through the years, I developed my sense of style from fashion magazines, red carpet events, blogs and television. I think that it’s pretty safe to say that I have never missed an issue of ELLE or an episode of The Rachel Zoe Project. Not only were these great distractions from homework, but they also allowed me to take mental notes of the looks I wanted to recreate and make unique with pieces from my own closet.

I’d be lying if I said I put together a Fashionista-worthy outfit every single day. There is a good chance that on a lazy Saturday you will see me with no makeup on, in sweats and a messy bun. Occasionally, I’ll do a classic topknot bun to add some style to my not so stylish outfit. If asked, I don’t think I would be able to give a set in stone definition of my style. Although I am partial to the leggings, leather boots and grandpa sweater look, I have been known to rock a full floral blazer, five-inch lace up booties (I’m 5’10”), a leather motorcycle jacket and the ever risky velvet button-down. Fashion is all about experimentation. Believe me when I tell you that I have had countless fashion faux pas. You name it, I’ve probably done it. Every day, I am inspired to alter my style. I can’t guarantee it will be a success, but at least I have fun while playing dress up.

Words cannot begin to explain how excited I am to be a Style Guru. I hope to inspire those reading to view fashion as a journey (sorry for the cliché). It truly is learning from mistakes and not being afraid to be daring with style choices. As for me, I will continue to develop my style as I always have. Years down the road I hope to be writing an updated version of my style bio with a Céline bag on my arm and red soles on my shoes!

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