Hello fellow Fashionistas/os! My name is Allie Barke and I’m a junior at DePaul University, majoring in Business Administration. I will also be studying online this fall with Parsons x Teen Vogue to earn a certificate in fashion industry essentials! This is my second semester as a Style Guru intern. In addition, I’m so excited to be interning at the CollegeFashionista office in Chicago. This is going to be such an amazing semester (or quarter for us DePaul students) of learning and new opportunities.

Fall is by far my favorite season for fashion. There are so many new trends to test out for back-to-school. Going back to class may not be an exciting prospect, but I’m already planning my first day outfit. And yes, that’s still a thing in college, at least for me. I can’t wait to wear heeled ankle boots, luxe leather backpacks, cozy sweaters and suede skirts.

My personal style is very feminine. I love dressing up to go to class because I strongly believe that when you feel great in what you’re wearing, it has a positive effect on your day. As a Style Guru, I’m constantly inspired by what other students are wearing. But, I’m also saddened when I see girls who consistently put zero effort into their outfits. It’s fine to show up to class in a baggy sweatshirt and yoga pants once in a while, but I think it’s important to always look your best, no matter what the occasion. You never know what could happen on any given day!

I can’t wait to share RAD style advice with you as I capture photos of DePaul’s Fashionistas/os!