STYLE GURU BIO: Erin Nardelli

Hey everyone! This is my first semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. I am currently a sophomore studying interior design at Drexel University. I call a small town in Rhode Island home and somehow I ended up here in the big city of Philadelphia. I have always had a creative spirit and had a love for fashion and later on design. At three years old, I proclaimed to my dad that I was “too fashionable for golf” and as I grew up, I always had my own style and never cared that most elementary schoolers didn’t wear blazers to school. When I’m not in class or working in the design studio, you can find me in the dance studio! Dance was my first love and now I am continuing to dance through college as a dance minor. My other interests include traveling, learning to cook, yoga, binge watching HGTV and spending with my family, friends and, of course, my dog.

I would describe my style as classic chic. While I gravitate towards classic prints and colors, I love to include unexpected touches and accessories to my looks. Shoes are my favorite way to completely change a look; I have too many to fit in my closet, but I find myself constantly adding more to my collection—they add such a statement! For this look I let the focus be these navy, printed pants. I paired them with a more structured white top as well as a chambray button-down to add a more relaxed touch. This floppy hat is perfect for any season and its neutral color makes it versatile. Gold accessories and metallic wedges finish the outfit. The hat included in this look was actually a DIY. I wasn’t a huge fan of the band that originally came with the hat, so I removed it and added a metallic gold piece I found from the fabric store. It was an easy change that made the piece fit my style better!

I believe that while fashion is constantly changing and truly is a trend, your personal style lives within you. Anne Klein said one of my favorite quotes, “Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.” I am looking forward to sharing all the trends and styles occurring on my campus this summer! Remember to live originally, chase your bliss and love the skin you are in—this is the greatest form of style we can have!