STYLE GURU BIO: Clara Livingston

January 5th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hey guys! My name is Clara. This is my second semester with CollegeFashionista, and I am so excited to be onboard for another term! I am a sophomore at Carleton College studying economics and mathematics with an undying love for fashion and photography. When I am not studying or writing about fashion, I love to ski, do stand up comedy and play the violin. I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman, but I doubt a true renaissance woman would watch as much Netflix as I do.

For the past few weeks I have been in Boston working for a clothing company, and I have never been happier. It reaffirmed my love of fashion, design and expressing my individual style everyday. It is easy to fall into trends, but adding your own spin and personal touch to popular looks is refreshing. What keeps fashion alive is evolution of previous ideas, most often by designers, but also by individuals like you and me.

My style has developed drastically over the years (thank goodness) and is constantly changing even now. I do, however, love classic silhouettes and basic pieces that carry wardrobes for decades intertwined with newer trends. A lot of my style inspiration comes from social media and blogs online. I have loved cleaner, more minimalistic looks this year, and my clothes reflect this new aesthetic. A lot of the variation in my clothing comes from different textures and fabrics, which adds visual interest while maintaining a simple, clean-cut look.

Given how warm it has been this winter, I have loved turtlenecks and lighter jackets. They give sufficient warmth and are much more stylish than the big puffy coat I usually wear. Paired with a corduroy skirt and suede booties, this outfit is perfect for the warmer holiday season and comfortable enough to take you from holiday party with friends to dinner with the family. I am ecstatic to start this next term as a Style Guru and cannot wait to share the style of Fashionistas/os from Carleton!