My name is Sampada Nandyala, and I am super psyched to be returning as a Style Guru for the fall semester. I had a blast documenting my campus’ street style during the summer, and I cannot wait to snap away at all the stylish students this upcoming season. I will be writing for LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS this semester, so my focus will be on Fashionistos that have amazing sartorial taste.
As a Style Guru, my main goal is to prove that students of the S.T.E.M. fields are not always two-dimensional in terms of their interests in life. I attend the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and, while my career plans are very important to me, I also have a penchant for the creative arts. I am probably not the only student in the scientific fields that feels this way. I just happen to channel my creativity into my personal style and enhance my interests through the vast field of fashion.
Speaking of personal style, mine is always evolving. One minute I’ll be fawning over pastels and frilly collars, and the next I’ll be lusting after leather and studded panels. Currently, I am quite fascinated with the amalgamation of girly patterns with sharp, clean silhouettes. I guess that the best term to describe my aesthetic preferences is eclectic.
When it comes to my wardrobe must-haves, however, I cannot live without prints. A very tiny part of my clothing collection consists of solid colors, so one will often catch me in patterned leggings or denim. I am also quick to fall in love with my shoes, meaning once I find a pair I absolutely adore, I will wear them to death. This fall, I see myself rocking my combat boots until they literally fall off my feet, mid-walk.
The amazing thing about style is how extremely it varies from person to person. The mistake people often make when discussing someone who dresses well is calling them fashionable. In my eyes, fashion is the overall field that only exists to serve as inspiration for individuals, so to be fashionable only means to have interest in the subject. The term stylish is more apropos because it refers to the person’s specific tastes. Along that note, I hope that through my documentation of street style, Fashionistas and Fashionistos will become inspired to use what the world of fashion offers and incorporate what they like into their own lifestyles.