STYLE GURU BIO: Brooke Keener

Hello everyone, my name is Brooke and I am a senior studying English and creative writing at Emory University.

While I normally gravitate towards the more kitschy side of fashion, this year my wardrobe is a bit more minimalistic—at least for my standards. I want to be able to make a statement with my clothes using less pieces for when I’m on the go. After all, late night study sessions are inevitable and I still want to look polished even when I feel anything but.

We all have our own rituals for making ourselves feel better on stressful days. I have friends who like to order a ton of Chinese takeout or do study walks as they prepare for major papers and exams. For me, fashion and beauty help me find my zen. Once I put on my favorite pair of jeans or a flowy dress, I feel powerful and ready to take on anything. Regardless of how you do it this semester, make sure to take some time for yourself during this busy time of year—even if that means just spending an extra 10 minutes in front of the vanity perfecting your winged liner.

For my look, I wanted to do a blend of fall and summer fashion since it is in between seasons. While my dress is a looser fit that is geared more towards warmer weather, the mauve color is definitely more suited for fall. Smoky eye makeup has always been one of my favorite autumn trends and I decided to give it a vibrant purple update over the traditional browns and blacks to keep such a heavy look summery. Finally, I tied the look together with my favorite pair of brown suede booties, matching the gold buckle detailing with the gold in my headband.

During this time of year, don’t be afraid to mix pieces from different seasons together. Depending on how you style it, you can make your favorite sweaters, booties and seasonal colors work all year as long as you keep them in balance.

I cannot wait to start my third semester with CollegeFashionista and see all the looks Emory students put together this year.