STYLE GURU BIO: Briana Iacia

Hey, everyone! I’m Briana, and I’m back for another semester! This is my second semester as a Style Guru, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back to the city to start hunting down stylish Fashionistas/os again.

I’m currently studying Women and Gender Studies in my junior year at Pace University. Pace is cool, but New York City is the coolest. I always blabber on about how much New York inspires me because here we are, three years later, and it hasn’t lost a speck of its charm in my eyes. Not only does the city inspire me on an artistic and creative level, but it also inspires me to stay motivated and to be better.

In my free time (ha ha, what free time?) you could probably catch me fawning over dogs and Zayn Malik, brewing a pot of tea or ranting about social justice issues. Speaking of social justice, working with CollegeFashionista has helped me realize that fashion is constantly at the forefront of activism. For centuries, fashion has been one of the most accessible ways to make a change. It allows us to challenge harmful social structures and celebrate different body types, cultures, and ways of life—think #Fatkini or “Reclaim the Bindi.”

Fashion is more than just picking out an outfit for class; it is a tool that we all have the power to use for something. This has been one of the most imperative things about the fashion world to me. Sure, I use my style to express myself on a daily basis, but now I have a medium through which I can feel endlessly empowered. I am not ashamed to be a woman, to be a feminist or to unapologetically be myself.

To save this article from turning completely into a call to arms, I’ll get on to my personal style. I won’t even try to pretend that I didn’t basically live in this pair of overalls all summer; that would be a terrible lie. Despite the fact that they make me resemble an elementary schooler, I love their versatility. One of my favorite things to do is wear traditionally un-feminine silhouettes with feminine touches, such as adding a pair of heels or a showing a little extra skin. If it wasn’t already apparent from my nose ring, brown lipstick and white sneakers, I am still loving the ‘90s trend.

I can’t wait to show off the unique and diverse styles on my campus. Be sure to keep up with my articles this semester if you love New York’s eclectic trendsetters as much as I do!