I’m Natalie and this is my third semester writing for CollegeFashionista. I have enjoyed my time as a Style Guru at Denison University, exploring trends and wardrobe staples on my campus. I am a History major and an Art History minor, which is reflected in my obsession with art museums, old houses and interior design. I also love movies—especially art direction and costuming. My favorite style icons are Edith Head, Olivia Palermo and Kate Middleton.
I believe that personal style is more a state of mind than anything else. What you wear is your personal philosophy—it reflects how you have decided to face your challenges and how you have chosen to treat yourself in the process. In order to face the growing complications of a college undergrad (veering towards graduation and the real world), my defense mechanism for daily life has been simplification. Knitwear and boots, oxfords and ballet flats – these have all become reliable armor for meetings, research and late nights. Something else I have realized while at college is the importance of enjoying the small things and treating seemingly normal moments as special ones. This has carried over into my daily wardrobe through details like pearls, statement necklaces, large-faced watches and bows. I also function best when I am facing a challenge, and am constantly looking ahead for new goals and projects. I continuously look for trends to take with me, such as peplum, ombré and the high-low hem.
College is more of a transition than a destination; everyone is trying to figure out who they are and how this will impact where they will be next. The most important part of taking on life’s daily challenges are the relationships we develop along the way; all of the people we meet inspire us consciously and sub-consciously not only through our behavior but how we dress. I’m excited for another semester of inspiration—see you on Fridays for the ACCESSORIES REPORT!