STYLE GURU BIO: Caitlin Gronski

Hello, fellow fashion lovers! My name is Caitlin Gronski and I’m a sophomore majoring in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I’m beyond excited to begin my first semester with CollegeFashionista as a Style Guru. Since middle school, I’ve set my sights on becoming a writer for a renowned fashion magazine, so this internship is practically made for me.

My hometown of Milwaukee isn’t exactly a fashion hotspot, which is why I always relied on magazines like Teen Vogue growing up to inspire my style. Despite having to wear a uniform in grade school, I was always trying to add some extra flair, like a cute headband or a chic pair of flats. I even did a research paper on the history of haute couture. I’ve always been determined to integrate fashion into my life in any way that I can.

Until about seventh grade, the only words in my style vocabulary were feminine, pink and girly. Eventually, I realized pink wasn’t the only color in the fashion universe and became fascinated by grunge and street style. Today, my style is a mix of edgy, tomboy and feminine pieces. I always try to steer away from looking too girly, drawing from celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Shay Mitchell. My current favorite essentials are chunky cowl neck sweaters, leather, Converse, destroyed boyfriend jeans and beanies. My fashion goal for this semester is to try rocking a dark purple-red lip for going out.

As you can see in this outfit, a good winter coat and headscarf make up my go-to winter combo. I kept the rest of the outfit rather simple, adding some spice with my knit socks and leather panel leggings. I love simple pieces that have unique textures or shapes because they pair well with patterns without being too boring or lifeless.

I can’t wait to showcase UW-Madison students’ diverse styles. Watch for future posts on how to stay chic in below zero weather. After all, from personal experience, I know a little cold weather won’t get in the way of a true Fashionista.