STYLE GURU BIO: Jill Swartzentruber

May 27th, 2015 at 2:00am

Hi there, Fashionistas and Fasionistos!

My name is Jill Swartzentruber and I am an incoming junior majoring in English and minoring in Leadership. I am writing to you from my beautiful home away from home: the University of Delaware! It is a privilege to write for CollegeFashionista as a Style Guru this summer and I cannot wait to show you all of the incredible styles I encounter here at UD.

Fashion and style has always been an interest of mine. I believe that it is an opportunity to show the world who you are and what you are made of. It is a way to communicate without speaking. Everyone in this world has the ability to present himself or herself the way they choose and that is why I believe style is so powerful. Fashion is a medium where it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, male or female, white, black or orange, basically it is something for everybody no matter where in society they stand.

I have preppy friends, grunge friends, friends who think black is the only color available and friends who brightly color-block like it’s their job. I believe my style varies with my mood, the weather and the activity I am partaking in. During the summer it is pretty hot on the East Coast. My go-to keep cool outfit is a flowy T-shirt tucked into a pair of high-waisted jean shorts (belt optional) with my sandals. Also having a light sweater, like my kimono, helps keep me modish and warm if the wind picks up.

Although there are so many, my favorite clothing brands are Anthropologie, Brandy Melville, American Eagle Outfitters and Gap. I have also learned a lot about international clothing brands through social media outlets like Instagram, Polyvore and Pinterest. I believe fashion is always changing as are people’s style. It is key to always be attentive to the trends so that you can explore and see if there are any new things you would like to try and incorporate into your outfits.

I am very excited to see how students at UD dress to battle the heat of summer. I look forward to writing every Wednesday and bringing you Delaware’s most fashionable!