STYLE GURU BIO: Amanda Gangidino

Hello again, Fashionista/os! My name is Amanda Gangidino and this fall, I will be beginning school at Rutgers University. Since I am embarking on a new educational journey, I would like to explore my options before deciding upon my major. I am currently an undeclared student, but I am positive that I will pursue a career that in someway relates to my two loves: fashion and writing. I will be returning as a Style Guru intern for this fall semester. CollegeFashionista provides students with an outlet to not only illustrate, but also communicate their personal style and that of their peers. As the summer wind fades and the crisp fall air begins to creep its way in, I am ecstatic to seek out the Fashionistas/os around campus.

As previously stated in my bio, I am a New Jersey native and to be completely honest, I would not have wanted to grow up anywhere else. From our pork rolls and or tailored ham dispute (North vs. South Jersey), the beautiful Jersey Shore and our pride, it does not get much better than this wonderful little state. But I must say my favorite thing about Jersey is its proximity to the fashion capitol of the world: New York City.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been infatuated with the city and fashion. With her impeccable style, my mother has always been my personal Style Guru. When I was little, I faintly remember playing dress up in her closet, and stumbling around in heels that at the time were a little too big for me. She always taught me the importance of making a good first impression. My mother continuously imparted this piece of wisdom to me: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Here I am today, still following my wise mother’s advice. I sometimes overdress for class and I am continuing my studies in hopes of obtaining a degree one day soon. Fashion allows you to communicate who you are without speaking a word. It is one thing in our lives that we can control and create. To my fellow shopaholics out there, keep it up because you are helping the economy, but also each new purchase is aiding you in the making of your style identity.

My style is a little all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress up, but there are few things better than throwing on your favorite sweats and a baggy T-shirt after a long day. I would have to say I love to dress casually and sport my favorite basics. You can never go wrong with a little black dress and a statement necklace. Lately, I have been trying to broaden my horizons with some patterns. Hopefully, this semester we will grow together in our style identities. That’s all for now my Fashionista/os.