When I began writing for CollegeFashionista last fall, I embarked on a journey that challenged my commitment to daily style and a comfortable, cohesive wardrobe. As a freshman at the University of Notre Dame, I’m now personally acquainted with the struggles of working from a tiny closet and putting effort into an outfit after a long night of studying. But my core beliefs have held true.
I believe that dressing well doesn’t have to be a challenge. Starting from a basic collection of complementary pieces makes style much more natural. My bureau boasts a small arsenal of multicolored Anthropologie, Old Navy and J.Crew sweaters that make for easy base layers throughout the many months of winter at Notre Dame. From there I work with printed skirts, jeans and colorful pants to create dynamic outfits that layer tones and textures. Dressing in the morning is not then a problem of whole outfits, but a vibrant puzzle with distinct pieces, and the only question is what I genuinely feel like wearing.
I believe that accessories are a Fashionista’s secret to success. When her laundry is still dirty, the weather saps out any creativity and her clothes aren’t inspiring, what’s a girl to do? A complex scarf, a stack of bracelets or a pair of sparkling earrings forms a fast remedy to any fashion emergency. Since I am a Southerner at heart, my gold monogrammed necklace remains a classic staple in my jewelry collection; even so, Francesca’s and other boutiques offer a fascinating collection of simple selections and statement-making stunners like the necklace I’m wearing here.
I believe that beauty is in the details, whether that’s taking the time for a little mascara or choosing just the right pair of shoes. I take pride in pairing a belt with a scarf or matching my nail polish to my hair clip (as I did in my first Style Guru Bio). No one else might notice, but the striking effect of a polished look completely changes the way others perceive an outfit. And if they don’t notice the effort, they notice the confidence I gain from a put-together appearance.
And finally, I believe Notre Dame is a fashionable place. It’s true that the home of the Fighting Irish frequently embraces sweatpants and sweatshirts, but in spite of that there are those who recognize that dressing for success is a trustworthy maxim. This semester I’m thrilled to be back writing Fashionista/o Spotlights. I hope to share tips from other committed fashion aficionados about making style work in college. With their help, spring 2013 is sure to be an even more fashionable semester for Notre Dame’s devoted students.