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STYLE GURU BIO: Anja Merz

January 20th, 2017 at 2:00am
STYLE GURU BIO: Anja Merz

Hi guys, I’m Anja! I’m currently a junior at the University of South Carolina, studying retail and fashion merchandising. I’m super excited to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista this semester, especially because I’ll be studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I’ll be sharing all of the awesome European trends I notice throughout my travels, and hope to stumble upon some funky style inspiration.

I’ve been interested in fashion for as long as I can remember. I was a studio art major throughout high school, which really built the foundation of my style. I think it’s extremely important to understand the relationship between colors, shapes, and space. Creating an outfit is very similar to creating a work of art. You have to consider what colors work together, what silhouettes work for you, and overall, how you want to express yourself.

My experience with art pushed me deeper into the world of fashion. In high school, I took classes at FIT, joined Nordstrom’s BP. Fashion Board, and attended Teen Vogue’s Fashion University. I dove right into the industry and have loved every minute of it. I’ve continued to stay involved through my school’s fashion board, internships (like CollegeFashionista, yay!), and the creation of my own blog. I started Rash-Decision about a year ago, and have had an amazing experience. It’s a lot of fun to style outfits, direct mini photo-shoots, and play around with graphic design. I’ve learned so much, and encourage everyone to try it out.

My style varies day to day, but I usually like to keep things simple. I’m all about comfortable laid-back looks with a touch of glamour. Here, I paired an amazing pair of black moto leggings with an oversize sleeveless sweater. Turtlenecks are really trendy right now, but they’re also extremely functional and will keep you nice and warm. I added a simple long sleeve bodysuit underneath for some extra warmth too. The structured jacket dresses this look up a bit while the snakeskin booties add some funk. When creating an outfit, I love to layer basics and use one single statement piece to bring the entire look together. I finished off this ensemble with a wrap choker, because who isn’t loving that trend right now?