STYLE GURU BIO: Ashley Martin

Hello Fashionistas/os, My name is Ashley Martin; this fall will be my senior year studying fashion business and journalism at Columbia College of Chicago. This will be my fourth semester interning with CollegeFashionista. I am super excited to have this opportunity for another semester of showcasing fall street fashion in Chicago!

I love every aspect of the fashion industry, however, fashion journalism is by far my favorite (besides maybe shopping of course). After graduating, I plan on taking off to New York City and running a fashion blog or writing for a fashion magazine—some of my favorites include: Man Repeller, The Blonde Salad, NYLON and I-D.

Some trends I am already forecasting a serious love for this fall is floral for everything, especially embroidered dresses. I am over the idea that floral can only be worn in the spring. With the right color, floral can be perfect for the fall. Speaking of color, I am in LOVE with emerald green for accessories—anything from bags to shoes. I cannot seem to get enough of this color. Another trend that has my full support is fur detailing on accessories. It is super trendy and I have been seeing it everywhere. This new trend isn’t typical fur detailing either! Fur detailing on a pair of cute loafers makes it the perfect staple item for any wardrobe. As for going-out, a pair of cute heels with fur detailing is a great statement piece.

As I was last semester, I am really looking forward to what this season of street fashion has to show for the concept of androgyny. A lot of brands have recently started incorporating gender neutral and gender bending designs into their lines, which I am interested in seeing in street fashion.

I hope through writing for CollegeFashionista I am able to uncover some of these trends on the street and showcase the wonderful sense of style fellow college students have while inspiring others to expand their personal style.

My individual style is a collection of inspiration I have gathered through films, traveling, exploring cultures and, of course, studying what appears on the runway every season. Lately, I have been getting a lot of inspiration for outfits from spending countless hours scrolling through fashion trend forecasting sites. There is no way I could easily describe my style because it is ever evolving and transforming. I love that fashion allows me to express who I am while also allowing me to step outside of that and try new styles for myself. Nothing makes me happier than encouraging people to step outside of their comfort zone and to try something new.