STYLE GURU BIO: Jillian Lentinello

How is exciting is this? Hello everyone my name is Jillian Lentinello and I am going into my sophomore year at Marist College with a fashion merchandising major and double minor in product development and business. I’m beyond excited to share my passion for spotting latest fashion trends with all of you this summer as a College Fashionista Style Guru.

I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Long Island in the epitome of preppy wear in the summer, with beaches all over and a quick train ride in Manhattan. It’s safe to say that fashion has always surrounded me. After replaying Project Runway over and over again, I knew since I was young that I wanted to be involved in the fashion industry.  I was lucky enough to have a fashion program all four years of my high school career. The class was centered around fashion illustration and sewing; we would travel to the infamous Mood in Manhattan, pick out our own fabric and sew a garment. At first I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer, but I slowly realized I actually hated to sew, but what I loved more than anything was traveling to Mood and selecting fabrics. I love to look and feel the many fabrics; the endless possibilities of colors and textures is what drew me in. I began to combine the illustration aspects of the class to my love for textiles and created many textiles designs. A combination of global merchandising and textiles is somewhere where I hope to be after my graduation Marist College.

As far as personal style goes, I characterize myself as trendy and chic with a touch of preppy. My go-to summer outfit is a sundress with either Jack Roger sandals or Tory Burch Flats. In the fall you’ll see me in any earth tones color, such as a hunter green jacket or burnt orange top, as they complement my hair color and skin tone. My favorite places to shop for essential pieces are Anthropologie, francesca’s, Free People, J.Crew and Urban Outfitters.

So take a break from the work and bring on the sunscreen because this is going to be one RAD summer!