August 31st, 2015 at 2:05am

Hey there, fellow Fashionistas, my name is Annie Smith! Though I grew up in Southern California, I have always been a New Yorker at heart from my daring sense of style to my love for black and to my inability to stand slow walkers. I just finished up my freshman year at Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan as a Fashion Design major, and I could not be more thrilled to be going into my sophomore year. I will be starting off this fall as a Style Guru, while also interning for Nanette Lepore and maintaining a full time student status, so I hope you can keep up with me!

Ever since I was young, playing dress up and making dresses for my Barbies out of old socks, I have loved fashion. In elementary school, I took sewing classes, which helped me practice costume design for school plays in middle school. Once high school came around, I was president of my school’s fashion club, putting on annual charity fashion shows, as well as fashion editor for the school paper. Finally being able to study fashion design this past year at FIT has been a dream come true, and I really feel it has helped me solidify my personal style.

As you can see, my style is a little edgy and a little sweet, but always chic. I have a lot of fun mixing simple staple wardrobe pieces with more intricate accessories. Here, I did just so, pairing my seven dollar H&M pants with an edgy 12 dollar Nine West belt. My turquoise necklace came from Aeropostale for 15 dollars. I thought laying it over my 12 dollar Forever 21 crop top gave a cool graphic appeal. I topped off this outfit with a 32 dollar hat from the men’s department at Macy’s and kept a pair of 12 dollar Beacon’s Closet sunglasses in my thrifted cross-body bag in case the sun came out. As you can tell, I am not one to pass up a good bargain. Though I love finding good clothes at great prices, I never sacrifice quality!

In my eyes, fashion is meant to be fun and expressive. I love coming up with new outfits every day and finding inspiration from people I pass on the busy streets of Manhattan. Going to school at FIT, I certainly find inspiration on campus from my fellow students. With Manhattan as my campus, there is an abundance of creativity to capture, and I hope to share it here with you at CollegeFashionista.