STYLE GURU BIO: Allyson Kramer

Hello again! I’m back and I’m better. I mean, not really. I got some highlights and started running more, so maybe a little better. This is my fourth semester writing for CollegeFashionista and dude, I’m stunned. CollegeFashionista grew immensely since I started writing my freshman year. Since joining two years ago, this internship gave me incredible opportunities, including a feature in Seventeen Magazine and on MTV Style and SELF Magazine’s websites. Every year I’m more and more excited to see the number of students joining CollegeFashionista grow. I think we’re up to about 1,800 writers now. Who would’ve thought picking up a camera and snapping a couple trendy kids at your school could be so life changing?

Anyway, before I start a nostalgic ramble about the evolution of my style through college, I should probably introduce myself for you newbies. I’m Allyson, a junior fashion merchandising major at Kent State University in Ohio. I know what you’re thinking. Studying fashion in Ohio is probably a lot like studying marine biology in Nevada. But surprisingly Kent State University remains one of the top ranked fashion schools in the United States year after year. If you really want to understand me you should know I love three things: late night pizza, naps on the beach, and hedgehogs named Winston.

My style, though dynamic through the years, has really been founded on the color black. Like the color of my soul. I’m totally kidding. If you know me, you know I never shut up. I’ll usually buy anything if it’s black and lacy. So of course this look features just that. I paired a lacy bralette with a layered lace top from Free People. To make the outfit more casual, I added a pair of jeans which I cut the hems off of because I drew the short straw in terms of genetics. You feel me? I accessorized the look with a pair of patent black stilletos and a clutch from BCBG. This outfit is really great for a date night (but what are boys) or can be dressed down by substituting the heels for a pair of Birkenstocks.

I’m incredibly stoked (a word I use a lot) to be moving to New York in January to begin a semester of self exploration and achievement in the fashion industry. But until then, I’ll stick to the streets of Kent, Ohio for all my fashion inspiration. Hopefully I keep you guys entertained all semester!