Hey Fashionistas/os! My name is Ellie, and I’m so excited to be writing for CollegeFashionista this semester. I am an incoming sophomore at the University of Tampa studying advertising and public relations with a concentration in creative advertising in the hopes of working within the advertising field of the fashion industry someday.
I believe that what a person wears expresses their personality. I also believe no one needs to subscribe to one specific style, and instead I encourage everyone to jump around between different trends and fads to get the most out of what fashion has to offer. Ultimately, I feel strongly that there is no better feeling than putting an outfit together that makes a person feel both confident and beautiful. As a result, within the next few years I want to build a career off of helping people achieve that feeling when they look at their wardrobe.
I would say my personal style is typically a mixture of bohemian, beachy, classic and edgy. As much as I admire brand names like Free People, Urban Outfitters, Steve Madden and Calvin Klein, I love the discount rank at local surf shops, sketchy online shopping, thrift shopping and browsing for hours in Forever 21 to find those pieces that can really bring a look together. As a result, my closet consists of all different labels, which helps make my style unique and more like me.
In my current outfit I’m wearing a patterned Billabong romper, a necklace I bought at Forever 21 and shoes from a surf shop in Bethany Beach. I bought the shoes recently after being inspired by the return of ’70s fashion. Flare pants, peasant blouses, chunky heels, gladiator sandals and fringe seem to be all over stores recently, and I think my suede lace-up sandals fit into that trend. The patterned romper gives the outfit a beachy feel I love as well. People tend to stray from the color yellow when picking their wardrobe; however, I personally love the look of yellow, especially on blondes, and I encourage you guys to try it out more. Finally, the Forever 21 necklace adds a bohemian element to tie the whole look together.
I’m so grateful for the upcoming semester I get to spend with CollegeFashionista, and I plan on making the most out of this opportunity. I promise to share unique, stylish and fun looks that I hope you all love. Finally, congratulations to all my fellow Style Gurus, and I can not wait to see what looks you all discover and share in these upcoming months!