STYLE GURU BIO: Stephanie Eng

Style Guru Bio

I’m back! After an amazing first semester at Northeastern University, I am pleased to report that the Boston fashion scene is very much alive. Through Haute Fashion, Northeastern’s fashion club, I was able to enjoy my first Fashion’s Night Out and to sit front row at a Boston Fashion Week show. But even just stepping out onto the street was impressive. From Mario Testino’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous “In Your Face” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts to the drool-worthy photographs on bostonstreetstyle.com, the amount of talent and beauty that the city has to offer made me fall in love all over again. It was amazing being able to talk with and draw inspiration from the stylish subjects of my weekly FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT, and I’m excited to be able to give more of my own input through STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK.

My personal style evolved as I transitioned into metropolitan life. Ever since I donned my first leather jacket, I’ve been obsessed with adding a bit of edge into my style. Think unique prints, ornate jewelry and lots of great boots. However, I like to keep it elegant with feminine fabrics, muted color palettes and elaborate details. Recently, I gave in to the winter chill and bought a full-length down jacket. While I’ll be reluctant to retire my admittedly excessive sweater collection, at least I’ll get to keep rocking my new heart tights. Moving into spring, I’m excited to leave utility behind. Hello, bright sunglasses and faded denim cutoffs. For me, spring fashion is all about fun and now is as good a time as any to tastefully try out see-through fabrics, intricately beaded tops and flirty sundresses with cutouts in the back.

But of course, I couldn’t start off a Style Advice column without giving a few tips of my own. Eradicate buyer’s remorse with this rule of thumb: only buy sale items if you would be willing to pay full price for them. Got an interview? Make sure your skirt length is longer than where your fingertips fall. Any colors can be paired together, as long as they’re the same tone (cool, warm, etc.). The same goes for prints; just make sure they are in similar color families. You can pull off the most ostentatious piece of jewelry you own, as long as you pair it with a neutral basic to make it the focus of the outfit. And lastly, smile! Happiness is forever chic and confidence is the best accessory.

So dress to impress, Fashionistas/os, because I’ll be waiting armed with red lipstick, wedge heels and a brand new camera in my sartorial arsenal, ready to snap your picture.

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