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STYLE GURU BIO: Abby Carpenter

Hello, Fashionistas/Fashionistos! My name is Abby Carpenter and I could not be more excited to be a Style Guru on the forever windy campus of St. Olaf College this summer. I am going to be a sophomore majoring in Exercise Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. While beauty and fashion have always been some of my favorite things, my main love is volleyball (that explains my major a little more). I grew up in the gym and have loved the game ever since my first camp in second grade. Being a full time athlete has taught me how to adapt to the unique sense of style attached to and worn by both athletes and Fashionistas, and I can’t wait to spend this summer checking out all sorts of style inspiration from all over!

The school year has come to a end, and the long awaited, relaxing and sun-filled summer is in full swing. Time to take a break from reality…. well at least until work starts up in a week, though I do plan on doing some major probing into the world of fashion while killing time at my desk job. With my first year of college behind me, I’m more than ready to fine tune my personal style this summer and take all of you with me on that journey.

Today I’m wearing a soft gray, oversized sweater by Free People. In addition, I wanted to throw in some fun accessories (going with silver rather than my go to gold pieces), something to make you take a second look, so I combined a Fossil watch, my studded cross-body bag from Frye, and some thin bracelets that add the perfect layered look. I added my ankle boots that are also by Free People; perfect to shake up the look during the transition months. I wanted to keep the cool tone throughout the whole outfit, so I decided to throw on a pair of dark gray jeggings to complete the look. The place that I like to add a pop of color is my lips. I’m a complete lip junkie and am always looking for ways to incorporate my favorite red lip. This outfit demonstrates so many of the things that I love about fashion: neutral colors, comfortable fabrics and bold lips.