For as long as I can remember, fashion has been an important part of my life. From deciding what clothes my American Girl doll was going to wear that day, to begging my mom to let me buy just one more thing from Limited Too, to struggling to fit as many clothes as possible in my dorm room closet, I have always loved fashion and it has been a part of me.

Hi, I’m Emma McTague, a freshman marketing and international business major and French minor at Drexel University. I’m a brand-new Style Guru, and I couldn’t be more pumped!

Over the years, my style has changed greatly. Gone are my rainbow-colored yoga pants days from elementary school. Gone are my paint-splatted, too-edgy middle school days. And gone is my desire to be anything but comfortable. Though, I used be okay with nearly injuring myself in the name of fashion (I blame the way-too-tight skinny jeans movement of the early 2010s). Thanks to a stint in all-girls high school, where I wore either my kilt-and-oversized-sweater school uniform or athletic gear for volleyball practice, the thought of being anything other than incredibly comfortable and cozy in what I was wearing never crossed my mind. I would groan at the thought of having to dress up for dates and school dances.

However, coming to college, my style has changed once again. It has now become me marrying my newfound love of comfort with my ever-present love of looking chic and fashionable. I believe a perfect example of this is the outfit I am wearing for this post. I started off with a pair of basic black leggings, a wardrobe staple that’s more comfortable than any pair of jeans, and added a cute and soft camel-colored sweater. The color keeps it trendy and chic, and the fisherman knit makes it soft and cozy. I tied the look together with some heeled knee-high brown boots (the thickness of the heel keeps them from being painful) and some boot cuffs to add a little extra coziness to the outfit. Finally, I let my personality shine through with my accessories, which is how I believe this look is elevated from basic to fashionable. The mixed metals and stacked bangles and rings add both visual interest and information about me—my name, my sorority, and my passion for animals. The scarf is oversized and soft, but the pattern keeps it interesting and adds to the look. The soft, structured cross-body completes a look that is both put-together and incredibly comfortable, perfect for class or a lunch date.

Comfort and style are not mutually exclusive, and I hope to explore this more throughout the semester. Stay tuned, and I’ll see you soon!