Style Guru Bio

Salutations, fellow Fashionistas and Fashionistos! My name is Sarah Yung, and I’m a freshman entering my second semester at University of the Pacific.

As an English major, aspiring author and general bibliophile, a fair amount of my time is spent reading (and writing — it kind of comes with the territory). My daily perusals include an abundance of fashion publications, such as Refinery29, WhoWhatWear and Teen Vogue; fashion blogs like Neonblush and Classy Girls Wear Pearls; and clothing sites such as Madewell, J.Crew and Steven Alan (for the perfect quirky prep style inspiration, of course. And okay, maybe just a little shopping as well).

As a scrupulous serial shopper, conscious consumer and meticulous-minded mademoiselle (an alliteration aficionado as well — how’d you know?), I hold an affinity for companies whose wares are made in the United States, especially those who address social and environmental responsibility. I believe strongly in promoting sustainability in both production and consumerism, and advocate a shift towards the reallocation of buying practices from venues of fast fashion towards domestic and sustainability produced clothing.

Donning vintage combines my love of sustainability with my love of stories. There is something intrinsically intriguing about finding that perfect chartreuse shift or funky hand knit sweater and wondering where it was worn; something richly rewarding about rummaging in my great-aunt and uncle’s closets and finding vintage Pendleton and Harris Tweed; something almost, dare I say it, fateful about slipping into the floral, full-skirted dress my grandmother wore to bring my mother home from the hospital.

Of course, my love for vintage doesn’t make me immune to the charms of contemporary designers. I must confess that I’m somewhat of a denim hoarder, enjoying the true blue, patterned and colored hues of pairs from the likes of AG Jeans, J Brand, Current/Elliott and too many more. I also have a (not-so) healthy love of Nordstrom, Anthropologie, The Reformation, pattern mixing, button-downs and layering, as shown in this outfit — a Banana Republic coat, hand knit scarf, Kitestrings Shawl cardigan, Saint James striped T-shirt, J.Crew button-down and corduroys, Coach purse and AERIN Chelsea booties.

One of the facets I appreciate most about both literature and fashion is the sheer amount of detail addressed in creating either. Thus, it’s fitting that I’ll be covering ACCESSORIES REPORT semester, highlighting the crowning details of countless Fashionista/os’ outfits. I look forward to spotting and sharing University of the Pacific’s style with you this spring!


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