STYLE GURU BIO: Ainyne Aiken

Hey, I’m Ainyne, and no one can ever pronounce my name right. It’s actually a lot easier than you think. I usually tell people to think “Kanye” when they try to pronounce “Ainyne,” because it sounds exactly the same (minus the “K”). Anyway, I’m a student at Philadelphia University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Management. This summer was incredibly hectic for me as I started my own blog, dabbled in freelance writing for a bit and interned, which is why I am so excited to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista.

I’m not going to lie, I am kind of your normal/expected fashion student. I eat, sleep, breathe fashion and to be honest with you, my free time usually consists of online shopping. But, not really shopping—just kind of adding expensive stuff to my cart and hoping the price will drop down to zero dollars. I do want to pinpoint that I recently watched a documentary on fast fashion which has dramatically changed my shopping habits for the better, and transformed me into a super sustainable clothing junkie and vintage addict. I hope to show you all future outfits where sustainable and happy clothes are incorporated.

My style tends to vary a little bit on the casual side, and much on the edgy side, or “street-chic” as my mentor calls it. Not really sure if I have exhausted the fashion topic, but I also have a strong appreciation towards nature, and a love for music that runs deep. That is all unfortunately followed by a heavy obsession with Italy, the sixties as well as ’80s through ’90s (mostly teen) films.

Finding an outfit for the day has always been one of the best ways to express myself creatively, and I find that creating an outfit the morning of that day fuels and ups my creativity. You got me, I do that a lot. And, when I do, my outfits almost always come out looking like the one featured in this post, and are comfortable, functional, stylish as well as boost my confidence. For this last minute back to school look, I chose a casual outfit and edged it up with a choker and a few diamond studded midi rings. I wanted to tone down the edginess of the total look, so I paired it with a super sleek black, oversized blazer and classic low-top Converse.

I could not be any more happier to be apart of CollegeFashionista this fall, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!