My name is Lauren Berliner and I’m about to start my senior year (how did three years go by already?) at University of Michigan. I’m a Psychology major with some background in Communications and Spanish, but I’ve always been interested in all things fashion related. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have learned a lot about the industry while interning with two fashion companies. I’m so psyched to join the CollegeFashionista team and to share some fun, and hopefully helpful, weekly advice!
Growing up in Los Angeles, I was always surrounded by exciting and unique style. I loved people-watching and the street style in L.A. But really, I was born loving fashion so I don’t think it matters where I grew up. My mom claims that by the time I was five years old, I was already choosing my outfit for the day. And although I’m no longer wearing shirts with leopard hearts on them (thank god), I continue to wake up every morning and pick out what to wear according to my mood. I constantly look at fashion blogs, shop online (it’s a problem) and read every printed fashion magazine I can get my hands on (Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar are a few of my favorites)! Fashion has just always played a huge role in my life.
So in terms of my personal style? It’s always changing. If you ask my friends? Two things stay pretty constant: number one, I rarely wear pants. Number two, I love to accessorize. They’ll say I never wear pants, but this is actually changing. I’m really into printed pants at the moment. Jeans? They’re probably not making an appearance in my wardrobe anytime soon. Dresses and skirts are just too comfy. To me, dresses can be just as casual as they can be dressy when paired with the right things, such as sandals or a denim jacket. So, while I may not wear jeans, I still incorporate denim in my wardrobe either with a jean jacket, vest or button-down.
As for accessories, I’m a little jewelry-obsessed. I never leave the house without at least four rings, a couple bracelets and a necklace. Although people are sometimes a little scared of my choices (I have a few knuckle rings that could probably be used as weapons — who needs pepper spray?), I think jewelry can completely alter an outfit. If I’m wearing bright colors, I might go for some edgier jewelry choices like a big ring or switchblade necklace, but if I’m wearing all-black I try to balance my look with softer choices. I do the same thing when I incorporate shoes and purses into my wardrobe (oh yeah, I’m shoe and bag-obsessed too).
I’m so excited to be writing the STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK column this semester and I hope you all enjoy it. I can’t wait to learn a few things from all of you Fashionistas/os on campus!