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STYLE GURU BIO: Katlyn Tolly

Hello fellow fashion lovers, I’m Katlyn Tolly! I’m a freshman at Columbia College Chicago studying journalism and marketing. I’m a fashion fanatic and a hardcore daydreamer. One day I hope move to New York and see my name on the masthead of a fashion magazine.

At a young age, I increasingly became involved with fashion due to my monthly Teen Vogue subscription. The glossy pages, the high fashion photography and the in-depth articles for career driven women all caught my attention. It was a never-ending love affair that satisfied my creative desires. I’m completely dazzled by the world of fashion editorial and I couldn’t imagine pursuing anything else as a possible career.

I’ve always referred to myself as chameleon when it comes to my style. I’m constantly changing my apparel to fit my mood. One day you may find me in a whimsical kimono accompanied by flower crown and the next in a classic black blazer paired with a statement necklace. Over time I began to view style as wearable art. I’ve learned it’s more about self expression rather than consuming high end brands or labels. As John Galliano once said, “The joy of dressing is an art.”

I’m thrilled to join the community of Style Gurus and report on Columbia’s campus trends. It’s wonderful how we can use technology as a medium to engage in the thing that unifies us all together — our love for fashion. I hope for you to follow along on the journey as we style, inspire and live what we love.