STYLE GURU BIO: Kellen Shoemaker

Style Guru Bio

Greetings fellow Fashionistas and Fashionistos! My name is Kellen Shoemaker, and I am a sophomore at DePaul University studying Public Relations and Advertising. This summer I will be covering the ALL IN THE DETAILS category bringing you the latest in accessories, beauty trends and style details. I am so excited to be joining the CollegeFashionista Style Guru team for the first time this summer and cannot wait to share some of the unique styles that Chicago’s Fashionistas/os have to offer!

Coco Chanel once said, “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” As cliche and overused as this quote may be, it still holds true for all Fashionistas/os. I believe that if one’s style sticks to the “classy” aspect, the “fabulous” part is guaranteed to follow. Though many may associate the term “classy” with the more preppy and traditional styles, I try to distance myself from this stereotype by incorporating dressy details into casual pieces to dress an outfit up as you can see with my silk blouse and embroidered skirt that I paired with metallic suede boots. The boots dress the outfit down to a more casual level while also providing comfort for a day walking in the city.

I would describe my personal style as beachy, bohemian and laid back, although I usually aim for something of a uniquely bold flair. Trends are fun to follow, but why not create your own? Statement pieces are a great staple for any outfit in order one to stand out rather than blend in with the typical crowd, which is something I look for when forming my style. My go to stores include Urban Outfitters, Free People, Francesca’s, NASTY GAL, Topshop, ASOS and H&M to name a few. Checking out the local boutiques is also a great way to find unique pieces. As an avid shopaholic, some details that have really caught my eye lately are statement necklaces, ring/bracelet/necklace stacking, arm cuffs, lace and intricate beading and embroidery. These small details have the ability of giving an outfit the splash of life necessary for that unique and bold look that is so greatly coveted. I myself have paired a stack of gold Alex and Ani bangles to my look to add a bit of character. These adorable bangles are unique because each one represents something different: luck, zodiac, birthstone, etc. These bangles are very versatile so they can be worn almost anywhere and with anything.

I can’t wait to share my fashion and style enthusiasm with you guys so stay tuned every Friday to keep up with the latest looks of all the amazing Fashionistas/os seen around Chicago this summer!

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