STYLE GURU BIO: Ali Stern

Hello my fellow Fashionista and Fashionistos! The time has come again for another STYLE GURU BIO! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ali Stern. I am currently a junior pursuing a degree in Fashion Merchandising. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Style Guru team for another semester at Illinois State University.

To me, fashion is a form of expression and can be empowering. The way a person dresses can directly relate to their attitude or mood. It also tells us who someone is and is not. I have found this out firsthand because the days I put a cute outfit on, I feel more productive and confident. I feel like I can tackle any situation that heads my way. Ever since my very first day on campus as a freshman and still today, I wake up every morning and get excited to walk to class because I get to see what others are wearing. I can’t wait to document the Fashionistas/os I find.

I feel that my style varies day-to-day. My closet is full of denim shirts, ‘70s shirts and jeans and casual soft shirts inspired by Brandy Melville. Lately, many designers who have put a monochromatic ensemble down the runway have inspired me. Two of my favorite looks are denim on denim and white on white. Also, my go-to jeans are mid-rise, usually with some rips on them. Rips are a fun way to spice up an outfit and make any attire look edgy. To achieve a monochromatic look, I am wearing a denim shirt from Nordstrom Rack, boyfriend jeans from Urban Outfitters (which are super comfortable) and brown booties from Target. I am also wearing my go-to choker necklace from Topshop. This has been my favorite necklace to wear since it’s subtle and is a throwback to the ‘90s.

Last semester, CollegeFashionista taught me many valuable skills, such as improving my writing ability and learning to step out of my comfort zone to approach Fashionistas/os. I’m super excited to embark on this journey again while trying to capture the most fashionable Redbirds on campus.