Hey Fashionistas/os! My name is Elle Petyak and I am so excited to start this journey as a CollegeFashionista Style Guru for the fall semester. I am a freshman at Clemson University, so although I am absolutely in love with fall and winter fashion, the overbearing summer heat of upstate South Carolina will keep most of my posts this semester focused on Fashionistas/os that know how to keep it cool.

When I’m not writing for CollegeFashionista, you can find me playing lacrosse or studying (a lot of studying!) My perspective is unique, seeing as I am a biological sciences major. Through my internship, I hope to help all of my fellow scientists become inspired while bouncing between labs, lectures and the library. Who says you can’t still be stylish under a lab coat and goggles? Since Clemson is in the mountains, hiking is one of my favorite hobbies. Take it from me, you can still be stylish in a cute pair of leggings, a strappy tank, and some bold sneakers. Because I am from Charleston, SC, weekend trips to the beach are also a must!

My personal style is definitely focused on darker colors. In the warmer weather, my go to is a unique pair of patterned shorts and a flowy tank top. As the temperature cools down, even just a little bit, I will immediately unpack my sweaters. I said it before, winter clothes are my absolute favorite. You can always find me in marsala, forest green and a lot of black. One can never go wrong with a little black dress and some red lipstick. As far as accessories go, I keep it fairly minimal, sticking to little gold accents with bracelets and necklaces. I think gold can make just about any outfit a little bit classier.

Style is a constant evolution and I believe it never really stops changing. This is one of the reasons why I am pumped to help each and every one of my readers form their unique looks. I hope to keep all of you Fashionistas/os inspired and stylish on campus this fall.