Hi there Fashionistas and Fashionistos! My name is Emily Engle, and I am a senior Design and Merchandising student at Drexel University. Philadelphia has given me a completely new perspective on fashion. Growing up in small-town Maryland, I didn’t have the resources to express my personal style the way I wanted to or even knew I could. Now, with the Philadelphia fashion industry on the rise and New York City nearby, I’m happily along for the ride.

Besides getting dressed every morning, I look forward to studying and sitting in coffee shops all day.

Just kidding!

You can usually find me at an art museum, eating my way through the city (I mean come on, have you tried the food in Philly?), traveling anywhere I can or attending rap concerts. I recently studied abroad in Italy, and I am about to take a trip to Israel later this week. Traveling is an exciting way for me to see what trends are popular in other areas of the world. Fashion is a huge part of culture, and it is fascinating to see how it differs by region.

I would describe my style as the glamorous side of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Each outfit I put together usually incorporates a vintage edge to it. I try to stay away from wearing too much black and gray, so if you’re looking for some colorful inspiration, I’m your go-to girl! Whether it’s incorporating some bright red boots (like in this outfit) or a multicolor paisley dress, I think a pop of color is always key to a successful outfit. If you have a colorful personality, what’s stopping you from showing it?

Today, I chose to wear my favorite black leotard under a breezy knit poncho and a light trench coat. It’s supposed to be winter, but fall seems to keep hanging around! I accompanied this layered look with my favorite blue jeans to let the outfit breathe from the heavy black on top. This outfit is finished off with my red leather boots. As I said before, I am a big fan of pops of color. Plus, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has premiered recently, and these boots remind me of Darth Maul. It’s a win-win situation!

So, there you have it, Fashionistas and Fashionistos. I hope you enjoy reading my articles as much as I enjoy writing them for you! And, of course, may the fashion force always be with you.