Style Guru Bio

My name is Margaret, but only my Grandma calls me that. Ever since I was little, I insisted on going by Maggie…and like my nickname, my personality is independent, spunky and sassy. If you looked in my closet you’d probably use the same words to describe my wardrobe.

I study corporate communications at James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia, where my peers call me a “Smaddie,” short for School of Media Art and Design. I’m minoring in health communications, so while I’ll work in a hospital thankfully I won’t have to wear scrubs!

This year has been full of changes for me. I traveled to Europe for three weeks, cut ten inches off my hair (shameless plug for Locks of Love) and decided to jump into my love of fashion by becoming a CollegeFashionista Style Guru.

I often explored fashion blogs, but I had no idea what CollegeFashionista was until a Style Guru interviewed me at JMU… Check it out!

My biggest style influences come from Europe. Spending a few weeks in Spain with my family and my recent European adventures with my sister left me yearning for boys with great shoes and fitted pants, discount stores (like England’s Primark) and a culture that embodies fashion freedom. European style seems effortless and individual. Clothes are bought not just because they’re cool, but because people love them and want to reflect their personalities.

My fashion philosophy is that clothes should express who you are, even if it means breaking a few rules. I don’t have one specific style. While I tend to lean toward a more classic or preppy vibe, my outfits are always laced with some eclectic or bold piece. I love vintage pieces too—for example, my father’s colored IZOD sweaters from the 1970s. Thrift stores are great places to find pieces that have character and uniqueness.

My favorite designers include Simone Rocha, a young British designer who made her debut on the runway in February and has since designed a collection for Topshop, one of my favorite British stores. Another is Mary Katrantzou, a young Greek designer who uses bright prints and statement jewelry in her pieces.

While you’ll get to know my quirks as you read my posts, here are my top personal fashion rules:

1. Red lipstick is a great secret weapon.

2.  Confidence is the key to sexy—no matter what you’re wearing.

3. Always carry a scarf with you, no matter what the weather.

4. You can never have too many polka-dot fabrics.

5. In the words of the iconic Coco Chanel: “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

My fashion is who I am now. From my obsession with J.Crew colored jeans, my paisley print dress I bought at H&M in Paris, France or my favorite flannel shirt I bought at a Goodwill store near JMU, my clothes express who I am as a person. They represent that independent, sassy, spunky girl I’ve been since I was little. My clothes are bold, colorful and multilayered…just like me. I’m thrilled to be covering your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK!


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