Hello my favorite Fashionistas and Fashionistos! My name is Madeleine Schlosser and I’m a junior at Tulane, although my five foot, two inch frame leads people to think otherwise. I’m pursuing Marketing and English majors with a Psychology minor but I hope to work in the fashion industry after graduation. This past summer, I worked as a stylist at a boutique in Cambridge, Massachusetts while also writing for CollegeFashionista, babysitting and desperately trying to squeeze in a few beach days. It was great getting to explore a new city but I am thrilled to be back in New Orleans, which is the city that holds my heart.
This will be my third semester as a Style Guru and I am excited to be writing for CollegeFashionista again. This summer I had an amazing experience writing for the new STYLE GURU STYLE column. I learned so much about different designers and their aesthetics while continuing to develop my own personal style. I was offered some great opportunities from CollegeFashionista, such as a feature on the Huffington Post talking about Tulane’s style and being part of an American Eagle Outfitters feature.
My love affair with fashion began when I was just a toddler. My mom recently told me stories about her missing Tiffany earrings magically appearing in my room or how I walked up to her wearing nothing but a diaper and asked to wear her pearls. My dress-up box was filled to the brim with sparkly dresses and high heels that were way too big for me. I think I decided at a young age that I would always rather be more dressed up than not and now base my style on Oscar Wilde’s statement that “you can never be overdressed or overeducated.” This quote shapes my overall style, but my everyday looks are always changing. This summer I found myself putting together more minimalist looks after being inspired by the runway and focusing on versatile basics that could be mixed with statement pieces.
Because I grew up in New England, there’s a special place in my heart for fall, especially the clothing. However, the typical vision of autumn doesn’t really exist in New Orleans and those 70-degree sweater weather days are far in the future. In order to avoid the FOMO (fear of missing out) when online shopping and looking through fashion magazines, I try to invest in transition pieces that can be easily transformed into a hot or cold weather outfit. My favorite fall transitions pieces for this season are any cuffed, relaxed fit jeans, printed pants, soft knit tops and anything plaid, like this romper. I’ve also been obsessing over ankle boots with a chunky high heel and flatforms because I can wear them with both summery skirts or leggings. It doesn’t hurt that they add some necessary height and are more comfortable than flats.
I’m eager to see what unique looks Tulane students will come up with this semester and to share them with you all!