STYLE GURU BIO: Arielle McManus

Hello fellow Fashionistas and Fashionistos. My name is Arielle, and I’m really excited to be starting my second semester at CollegeFashionista this fall.

Writing for CollegeFashionista this past summer was tons of fun, and I loved documenting summer fashion, but I have a feeling that this fall is going to be even better. I love the rich jewel tones and deep charcoals that don’t work for the warmer months, and I can never seem to wait the appropriate amount of time to start wearing cable knit sweater and tall boots. Once September hits, it’s officially fall on my mind.

As a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I am completely immersed in the latest trends. I also work at a retail store and intern at CollegeFashionista’s New York office, so my life definitely revolves around the fashion industry.

I’m always looking for ways to take current trends and mix them with classic wardrobe staples. While my day-to-day style always changes, it always remains timeless. I’m all about high quality investment pieces that can be worn in countless ways. I don’t see the point in spending money on a piece of clothing that becomes completely irrelevant in a few months time, which is why you won’t catch me wearing a fringe suede jacket this fall. If I’m going to be taking any cues from the ‘70s, I’ll be doing so with a modern perspective.

One of my favorite fall trends is heavily embroidered dresses, like those seen at Valentino’s fall 2015 show. To turn such a dressed-up trend into something that can be worn on a daily basis, I chose this dress from Free People. This dress can be worn alone in the summer, and it can be paired up with a light jacket and tights for cooler weather, making it a great transition piece. It isn’t a pure white, which makes it appropriate for post-Labor day wear (if you even abide by that rule). I paired it with my favorite new pair of shoes. These rag & bone chunky-heeled sandals are easy to walk in, and the print takes a basic outfit to the next level.

I hope you all enjoy my photos, and I wish you all a great fall semester!