January 4th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hi again, my fellow Fashionistas and Fashionistos! I am very excited to be returning for my third semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ali Stern, and I am pursing a degree in fashion merchandising at Illinois State University.

In my spare time I like to watch fashion and beauty videos on YouTube, and I love to read fashion magazines such as Vogue, ELLE and Seventeen. My absolute favorite part about reading a magazine is the fashion spreads because I love to see the new styles, patterns and fabrics that are out for the current season. When I see these spreads, I get inspired and try to interpret the trend into my own wardrobe.

My favorite trends this winter are cowl neck sweaters, turtle neck sweaters and oversized knit sweaters. I love to stay comfortable but cute in my everyday wardrobe. My entire closest consists of black, gray and more black. I feel you can never go wrong with the color black because it’s slimming and goes with everything. Along with wearing black, I am currently obsessed with Brandy Melville. I feel this brand speaks perfectly to my sense of style. I also shop at American Eagle Outfitters, PacSun and Urban Outfitters. For this outfit, I chose my go-to cowl neck black sweater from Aritzia (which is unbelievably comfortable), a pair of medium wash skinny jeans with rips from American Eagle Outfitters, a leather jacket from Forever21 and my shoes are from DSW.

I can’t wait for another great semester being a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista and finding Fashionable Fashionista/os around campus!