STYLE GURU BIO: Angel Prater

Hello, all my Fashionistas and Fashionistos! My name is Angel Prater, and I attend what we like to call “the real USC,” also known as the University of South Carolina. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Retail with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising. Here in Columbia, South Carolina you have to learn how to blend fashion with the weather. It took me my entire first semester at USC to figure out how to be fashionable in the Columbia heat without having to stop by my dorm to make wardrobe changes throughout the day. A year later, I think I’m becoming a pro at dressing for any season, even if the temperature is in the triple digits.

With that in mind, I styled my outfit today accordingly. Even though it is December, the temperature in Columbia, South Carolina is still in the 70’s. When I say I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, I mean dreaming big time. To start my outfit, I began with a pair of colored jeans with a simple black tank top to be able to build off of. Then, to add a touch of fall/winter fashion to my warm days, I added a light scarf. A light scarf makes it easy to look stylish for the season while still being cool enough for any temperature. I am big on accessories. I believe every outfit should have some sort of accessory to give it that extra umph. So, I added a black and white marble necklace and a snakeskin clutch that I absolutely love. To finish off my outfit, I added one of my favorite pairs of heels, Steve Madden lace-up pumps.

I am a strong believer in the power of fashion. I’ve always wanted to be someone that worked to make a difference in people’s lives. As a college student who switched her major from Biomedical Science to Fashion Merchandising a few weeks before her freshman year, I’ve constantly searched for a way to still feel as if I was making a difference. I went from wanting to work in a lab devoted to curing diseases, to wanting to be in a big city styling people from all around the world. After some soul searching, I realized that not only did I make my decision to devote my studies to something that I truly love, but I also could still be doing something that made a difference in people’s lives.

Whether I’m putting outfits together for friends before a night out, or helping customers in the store I work in to find the perfect outfit for an event, I see how much fashion can truly change someone. There’s a certain glow of happiness that people get when they’re wearing something that makes them love how they look. That moment of happiness is what drives me to keep doing what I’m doing and never stop fighting for the dreams I know I can achieve.

Let’s have a RAD semester!