STYLE GURU BIO: Haley Trkulja

Hello there Fashionista/os! This is my first of hopefully many semesters with CollegeFashionista and I could not be more excited! I am a sophomore Fashion Merchandising major with minors in Marketing and International Business at Kent State University.

For those unfamiliar with Kent, it is a small town in northeast Ohio. The Fashion School was the aspect that drew me to this university! We have amazing study away programs that include New York City, Florence, Paris and Hong Kong. More impressively, Kent was ranked as one of the top fashion schools in the country by the highly popular industry website Expect amazingly stylish articles coming your way this semester.

When I was younger I swore shopping should have been a sport. Countless hours spent scouring the mall? Carrying all the heavy bags? It is hard work! Okay, maybe it’s not. I don’t see shopping as sport-worthy anymore, but fashion still holds a high place in my heart. What I love most is not fashion, but style. My favorite thing is to see someone who combines pieces to make a fierce, unapologetic, intensively expressive style of their own. Always wear what you love. It does not matter if other people don’t like it: they are not the one wearing it.

My style evolves everyday. I find inspiration in places and people—students around campus, at home in Pittsburgh and my favorite fashion bloggers: With Love from Kat and Corporate Catwalk. One day my look will be sharp and edgy, while it changes to vintage and boho the next. I love layering in the winter, which inspired this ensemble. Fur vests are such a stylish way to add dimension to any outfit. I want to buy every one I see, but I really love this one. Cardigans are great for layering and this new cardigan from American Eagle Outfitters has several neutral colors knitted through, so it pairs well with anything! To me, accessories are the best part of any outfit. I am a shoe, jewelry and handbag addict. This necklace from Nicole Miller for JCPenney makes a bold statement, though is unique compared to other statement necklaces.

With a new year starting, I have decided to make a style resolution: take more risks, be braver in my style choices and always dress for only myself. What will your style resolution be?