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STYLE GURU BIO: Grace Fitzgerald

Hello Fashionistas/os! My name is Grace Fitzgerald and I’m currently a third year at the University of Virginia, studying economics and media studies. Virginia often gets a reputation for being filled with students dressed head to toe in Lilly Pulitzer and pearls, but in my two and a half years here, I’ve learned that there is so much more. Every day when I walk on Grounds, I see incredible diversity in the fashion choices around me, oftentimes, giving me inspiration for my own fashion choices!. I’m a firm believer in learning about your own personal style through viewing the style of those around you, so here I am. Throughout the semester, I’m hoping to expose you to some of the rad street style here at the University of Virginia and give you some insight into my own favorite spring and winter trends.

One of the things that I love about being in college is that it’s the time to discover yourself and who you are as a person—and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. My style can range from edgy and grungy one day to more bohemian and retro the next. I’ve learned to appreciate all different genres of the fashion industry, and I love playing around with them, seeing how they fit together.

In my look this week, I’ll show you how to use one central piece to form many different outfits. This flowy, cream sweater is incredibly versatile. In this look, I paired it with a gold, layered necklace and a few gold rings to make the bohemian sweater a little more edgy, while keeping it soft and simple at the same time. Combined with dark wash jeans, brown booties and a black hat, this outfit is perfect for a day out shopping in the city or going out to a nice lunch with your friends. If you want to dress it up for nighttime, swap in your jeans and booties for a pair of black pants, some Litas and a smoky eye. If you’re feeling like curling up inside, sitting by the fireplace and reading a good book, grab some leggings and a cozy scarf.

Choosing pieces that are versatile and that you love is the key to creating your own style. Hopefully, you keep this in mind during your holiday shopping this week! I have so much more I want to share with you, but you’ll have to wait until my next post to see what I have to say. Stay tuned to hear about the awesome fashion I see around Grounds this semester!