STYLE GURU BIO: Emma Glennon

August 30th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hello! My name is Emma and I’m a sophomore at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I’m studying international relations and art history, after switching out of English. Originally, I am from New York and growing up in the city has influenced the eclectic nature of my personal style. Although I love going to school in a Scottish seaside town that’s picturesque, it has made it difficult for me to be away from an urban environment for too long.

When I was around eight years old, I was gifted a miniature mannequin by a family friend. Immediately I became enthralled, shoddily crafting poorly stitched outfits for my American Girl dolls and stuffed animals alike. This went on for quite sometime and many outfits were created along with accompanying sketches. All I wanted was to be the big name fashion designer of my time; I was thinking big. In just the fourth grade, I did a biography project on the life of Coco Chanel when I dressed up as her with the long pearls and cropped hair, which I actually cut. Apparently at nine years old I was a budding method actress. None of the miniature outfits survived from that time in my life, however some of the sketches did. Looking at them now, I should not have spent the money on a class at FIT in high school; it should have been clear long before that I was never, even if there was to be professional intervention in the future, skilled with the pencil. The world of design was probably not the path for me. Yet here I am, trying to find a spot in the fashion industry as someone who may not be artistically inclined, but loves nothing more than to put together an outfit.

I always dig a retro vibe. It might not be expected from a brand like O MIGHTY, but as soon as I saw this striped, rainbow set I knew I had to order it. I threw on a cheap pair of mirrored Urban Outfitters sunglasses because I could’t find my other ones in my mess of a room. Then, I wore my silver Birkenstocks because I’m still desperately trying to break them in. I kept the jewellery simple, because this outfit was pretty loud already. So I just wore a single David Yurman cable bracelet; it’s child-sized, since my wrists are still tiny.

Overall, my style definitely has a vintage vibe. I love investing in classic pieces that I know I’ll have forever, but always appreciate the cheap, trendy piece that I might find in passing. I tend to take risks when it comes to my outfits and keep people guessing, my wardrobe is constantly expanding to the dismay of my bank account. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with so many people who have the same love of fashion that I’ve had since I made that first outfit all those years ago.