STYLE GURU BIO: Katharine O’Reilly

Style Guru Bio

I’m Katharine and I’m so excited to be contributing as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista this semester. I’m in my third year at the University of Western Ontario, studying English Literature and Creative Writing.

As a native Torontonian, I’m well practiced in dressing for the cold. Here in Canada, we pride ourselves on our ability to handle any snowstorm, but this winter has been especially brutal. In fact, we began our second semester at UWO with a university-declared Snow Day. (Does the glee of cancelled class ever get old?) With temperatures dipping well below freezing, a heavy winter jacket is a necessity when trekking between classes. Still, I’m inspired by how my fellow students make this bulky wardrobe staple their own. I chose an army green for my own parka – practical, but perhaps less expected than basic black. I tend to gravitate towards classic pieces, like a cozy cable-knit or tall leather riding boots. But of course, who doesn’t love a pom-pom hat sometimes?

The great thing about fashion on the Western campus is its seasonality. In one year of study, we experience a bit of all four seasons. I arrived in September in faded jeans and a light fall trench. In March, I’ll pack up this winter parka and trade it for rubber boots to slosh through spring rain. But by the time finals roll around, I’ll be studying in a sundress. I’m especially inspired by how other Fashionistas and Fashionistos transition their styles though these changing weather patterns. Sometimes, a simple change in footwear or the addition of a patterned scarf is all an outfit needs.

As winter melts into spring this semester, I’m excited to snap some stylish students. And you’ll find my WHAT TO WEAR posts here every Thursday!

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