I am the kind of girl that considers leopard print a neutral, is never afraid to rock a red lip and seriously throws a fit if someone else touches my monthly issue of Vogue before I do. You see, I was born into the arms of a Fashionista—my mother—a women who never followed the “no white after Labor Day” rule and can rarely be found in heels less than three inches tall. But while these are all things that contribute to my Fashionista-hood, I have learned through the years (especially my years as a college student) that being a true Fashionista goes beyond rocking that perfect pair of heels and a new designer handbag. During my personal venture at the University of Iowa I have discovered the secret to being a CollegeFashionista—on a budget, of course—by rediscovering the gens that were already in my closet.
I have always been one to pull sartorial inspiration from everything I see whether it be from a magazine or a street style look. However, when looking for inspiration, my past mindset had been “I need to go out and buy something like that,” instead of “What do I have in my own closet that I could use to recreate this look?” Now when I see one of my favorite bloggers in the latest fall trend I find joy in running to my closet instead of to the mall. For me, fashion has always been fun but my view of what makes it fun is totally different.
I have been scouting out Fashionistas on the University of Iowa campus for over a year. Last semester, as a CollegeFashionista Editor, I was able to get a first look at fashionable trends on college campuses across the country. While that was an amazing experience I knew I had to finish out my college career (I graduate in May) as a Style Guru. Through my time at CollegeFashionista I have learned to pull inspiration from street style in all its varieties. My hope this semester is that my camera lens will fall upon some University of Iowa Fashionista/os who will truly inspire you as much as they inspire me.