STYLE GURU BIO: Liz McLean

Style Guru Bio

As I begin my last semester of college, I have been thinking about all of the changes this semester and post-graduation will bring. Rather than be intimidated by the approaching changes, I have decided to embrace them and all of the opportunities they have to offer. I am a senior English major and Italian minor at the University of Georgia and will be returning to CollegeFashionista this semester as the Head Style Guru for UGA, writing the STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK column. Part of the many changes heading my way is also working with CollegeFashionista as an Editorial Intern.

Part of this new philosophy of embracing uncertainty has spawned from my recent reading of Grace Coddington’s, Vogue’s Creative Director, memoir. Spanning her fifty-plus year (and counting) career, this book tells the story of an amazing figure in the fashion industry and highlights the rich and varied history of a large web of notable designers, photographers, editors and models. After reading this book, I reflected on how dramatically the industry has changed in her lifetime and realized that I appreciate fashion so much because of its unfailing propensity to change. Through clothes, people can create stories, showcase their personalities and essentially forge history and characterize an era.

The street style reported by CollegeFashionista does the same thing, basically documenting and archiving the singular style of our generation. Style has always been very personal for me with a certain color or shirt reminding me of the past. My memories are all very style-centric: the ice cream patterned vest I favored in kindergarten, a mod dress I helped my grandmother make for a high school event and a tribal maxi dress that I associate with all of the fun and casualness of summer. As these sartorial memories suggest, my style usually runs the gamut, from classic items like J.Crew sweaters to trendy, edgy pieces like spiked bracelets and printed, statement pants. Rather than subscribing to one particular look, I like to try them all, mixing and matching until I find the perfect combination for myself.

UGA students do this as well, mixing wardrobe staples with unique finds from local boutiques and vintage shops. Students at the University of Georgia definitely embrace their personal styles and individuality. I am inspired everyday by the casual runway on campus and I cannot wait to continue reporting on the fashionable students in Athens, GA.

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