STYLE GURU BIO: Ally Scandolo

Hey there Fashionista/os, my name is Ally Scandolo and I am a third year Art History student minoring in English and French at the University of Toronto.

I’m incredibly excited to begin my second semester as a Style Guru, I look forward to sharing each month what Toronto students wear on our beautiful downtown campus. Seeing campus fashion in a city as vibrant and eclectic as Toronto is always inspiring, the fashion-forward students U of T are always on point with a perfect mixture of casual and eye-catching. It’s rare to see someone who doesn’t make you want to ask, “Where did you get your outfit?”

My favorite part of CollegeFashionista is that Style Gurus do all that asking for you! You are able to connect yourself with different students’ everyday looks from around the world without leaving your own college. I am eager to continue to spread looks from Toronto to people everywhere—and even draw some inspiration myself.

Style is a very personalized art form you show off every day of your life. I have always loved to see how people’s different perspectives on fashion combine clothing trends to create their own perfect outfit. I like to believe there is a story behind every outfit and how it came to be that person’s look. My personal style has always been influenced by pop culture figures. Whether it is American sweetheart mod elegance, sporty chic or an off-duty model inspired outfit—there is probably a celebrity, designer or artist who’s outfit I’ve pinned in hopes to add it to my own style.

I love being comfortable in what I wear, especially while on campus. Looking polished yet casual is my motto when getting ready in the morning. This outfit is perfect for transitioning to the fall for me: it has the comfort of jeans and flats while still having intricate details like rips and patent leather. While I am sure we all have had struggles with hats, I still insist on making them a day-to-day staple for myself, like this straw wide brimmed hat I often wear from spring to fall. I can be very detailed with color coordination. My outfits will often be grounded with monochromatic palettes or precise color-blocking. As for daily routines, I’ve loved sporting a shiny watch, comfortable T-shirts and makeup with a sparkle.

It’s all about mix and matching the trends you love to make the perfect look. Feeling good about your clothes is always a must. Find fashion ideas that remind you of yourself and go for it! I hope to deliver some inspiration in the coming months that will ignite everyone’s passion for fashion as the school year begins.

Catch my monthly articles here throughout the semester and be sure to join CollegeFashionista for more style inspiration!