STYLE GURU BIO: Charity Gates

January 5th, 2016 at 2:10am

The time has finally arrived for my last Style Guru hoorah with CollegeFashionista. As a senior at Emory University studying International Studies and Sociology, my undergraduate chapter is also coming to a close. Now, I cannot wait to see what’s on the horizon for the next phase. This will be my last semester stalking creatively dressed individuals on Emory’s campus and writing about their fashionable combinations. My time with CollegeFashionista has been, to say the least, a fashionable adventure.

My style has certainly evolved since my first semester writing for CollegeFashionista. After spending many of my days looking out for stylish students, I developed an eye that translated to my own wardrobe. Lately I’ve been obsessed with turtlenecks and oversized sweaters. After studying abroad in Paris, France for five months, I realized how a simple black turtleneck can take your wardrobe to new sophisticated heights with just a pair of denim or plain dark pants à la Audrey Hepburn. This season has created an obsession for me over culottes and overalls! I can’t get enough of those ’70s classics and retro throwbacks! I also gravitate towards all things vibrant colors with a quirky twist, following in the chic footsteps of my favorite style muses Jenna Lyons, Tamu McPherson and Solange Knowles. Their stylish exploits give me life as well as inspiration for my own daily  creative escapades. 

With Georgia’s unpredictable weather patterns where there is spring in the winter and winter in the spring, I have mastered versatility in my wardrobe. My trick is to implement a lot of transition pieces that can be worn in either season and to layer with cute add-ons like a simple scarf or a fitted blazer. In this outfit, I chose an oversized sweater for the cooler temperatures and added skorts with funky alphabet tights for the warmer temperatures emanating from the bright sun. In all, it creates a nice happy medium for the variable weather. For more of my styling tips, follow me once a month throughout my final semester with CollegeFashionista!