STYLE GURU BIO: Caitlyn Collett

Hey there, Fashionista/os! I am so excited to be returning for a third semester with CollegeFashionista as a George Washington University Style Guru. I am a senior at the George Washington University studying International Affairs, Biology and Chinese.

In this day and age, style is more than just a means of expressing oneself as an artistic and fashionable individual. Style is the physical personification of every individual’s personal “brand.” It is a way to show peers, professors, employers and strangers the kind of person you can be, as well as the person you strive to be. A personal motto I’ve always held dear is to “never dress for the job you have, dress for the one above it,” as I believe that a well-dressed exterior matched with a well-educated and determined interior can make for an unstoppable force on the street, in the workplace or in the classroom.

Additionally, I believe that while a strong sense of style can help propel and encourage an individual’s future personal successes, it can also help to keep a person grounded in his or her true self. Knowing what you like stylistically and knowing what makes you feel comfortable and confident can become a significant part of an identity. When someone knows their style and strives to embody that particular vibe everyday, he or she may stand up a little straighter and smile a little wider, just because that person looks good knows it.

My personal style is a mixture of what I like to call “comfortable confidence” and “subtle strength.” I enjoy wearing dark colors, soft fabrics and statement jewelry. My flaming red hair is often the focal point of my outfits and is used as an accessory just as intentionally as one would use a chunky necklace or a patterned scarf. Throughout the years, I’ve maintained my love of Converse All-Stars due to their timeless charm and winged eyeliner will forever be my statement look. However, I’ve recently added maxi dresses and rompers to my list of closet essentials.

I look forward to bringing you articles that celebrate the many unique personalities on display within the George Washington community and give you a sneak preview of the closets of future leaders of America. I can’t wait to see all of the new Gelman Girl trends in 2015 and to document only the best. This year I’ll be focused mainly on the Fashionista/os of the George Washington University Mt. Vernon Campus, and I can’t wait to see what these freshman have in store! Raise High!