STYLE GURU BIO: Allison O'Brien

Hey Fashionistas and Fashionistos! My name is Allison O’Brien, and this winter I will be a sophomore at Illinois State University. I am currently studying Apparel Merchandising with hopes of doing many different jobs in the fashion industry. This will be my second semester as a CollegeFashionista Style Guru, and I am so excited to share more fashion tips and tricks with you all!

Ever since I can remember I have loved fashion! I was one of the only third graders who would coordinate her ballet flats and bracelets with her outfits. Nowadays, I love a good kate spade bag, distressed denim and long scarves. I am always flipping through fashion magazines, scrolling through blogs or heading to the mall to check out the latest trends. I especially love looking at high fashion trends and then going to the mall and finding similar pieces that are affordable.

One of my favorite things about fashion is the fact that the definition of style is different to everyone. What is beautiful to you may not be to someone else, and that is perfectly okay. That is what makes it your own personal style. I look forward to getting to know many more Fashionistas/os and learning about what makes their style unique.

When it comes to my personal style, I am a big fan of dressing it up. I love adding pops of color or sparkle to my outfits to make them a little less casual. As the major girly girl that I am, if I have an opportunity to wear a skirt and heels I will most definitely take advantage of it. With this outfit I chose to show my fancier side by pairing an olive green skirt with suede, peep-toed booties. To keep it cozy for the cooler months, I tucked a simple, black knit sweater into the skirt. Of course I also had to add the sparkle and shine with a J.Crew statement necklace.

I cannot wait to share new styles with you all this semester. Don’t forget to hit the RAD button!