STYLE GURU BIO: Casey McAnarney

Hey y’all! My name is Casey McAnarney and I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I am double majoring in Communications and English with a professional writing concentration and hope to throw in a Journalism minor somewhere in that mess.

So how do I sum up my style? Well, I really can’t do that yet. Being a 19-year-old who only left home a year ago, I’ve traveled to one other state and have never left the United States. I have a pretty moldable sense of style and ironically, so does my school.

Wilmington is a school that has its feet firmly planted in the preppy Lilly Pullitzer-esque southern belle attire and also in the realm of laid back boho coastal style. From monograms to messy beach buns, Wilmington expresses a wide spectrum of style. Though I personally do not gravitate towards preppy fashion, I resonate with this notion of still playing around with what you want your personal style to be.

Currently, I would say my style is a mixture of polished, neutral toned ensembles that share hanger space with wildly patterned crop tops and high-waisted shorts. A little strange, I know, however I have learned to accept my curiosity of different styles as a great thing. I can be quite the style chameleon at times. One day I can be obsessed with my tattered faux leather jacket from 10th grade, high-waisted black skinny jeans and black Chelsea ankle boots and the next can fixate on the loose and beachy top and light wash high-waisted shorts I am wearing in the pictures above. Because of my closets diversity, I prefer to shop at stores that carry a wide variety of current trends. Some of my favorite stores to shop at are Topshop, ASOS, Brandy Melville and virtually any company that sells in Nordstrom.

Overall, at this point all I can express is my excitement to learn from my fellow Style Gurus on this site and from around my college campus. Fashion is truly an exploration of how one wants to represent themselves so I am stoked to learn how people wear their hearts on their sleeves.