It’s hard to believe I’ve put another semester of college in the books. When I think of the person I was before I left for my freshman year at Mizzou, I notice how much stronger and independent I’ve become. In the past two years, I’ve grown into someone who knows who she is and who she wants to be. Before college, I was a person that was afraid of change. I liked to stick to any type of boundary, especially when it came to fashion.
When I think of things that drive me, fashion is one of the first that comes to mind. I have always found inspiration, awe and effortless beauty in what people wear and how they wear it. I love to admire the originals and the creatives, but my own style has always been hindered by my conservative side. I grew accustomed to sticking to what I know, rarely venturing out of the parameters of my comfort zone. I envied girls who embraced their unique, quirky or edgy style. I would page through Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, wishing I could be the girl with the guts to wear whatever, regardless of what people thought.
This year, I finally realized that I shouldn’t limit myself when it comes to personal taste and style. I had let myself fall victim to college comfort and my peers’ opinions. Writing for CollegeFashionista opened my eyes to a world of Fashionistas who aren’t afraid to express themselves. It allowed me to not only recognize and capture people with style, but also take note from them. Campus is full of people who have great taste and the sense to use it.
To kick the summer off, I started playing with different prints and pops of color. I found that each piece of this outfit (my favorite being the bright pink lipstick!) adds a hint of drama, creating a cohesive look that is both bold and fun. As the writer for CollegeFashionista’s STYLE GURU STYLE column, this summer will give me a chance to branch out and explore my own personal style — and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Here’s to a summer filled with prints, color and my own fashion adventures!