STYLE GURU BIO: Katy Stankevitz

Greetings, Earthlings! Today you find me humbled, thankful and drinking a lot of coffee as I embark upon my last semester as a CollegeFashionista Style Guru.

When I began my senior year at the University of Wisconsin, I wanted to take advantage of all of the opportunities college life affords. While this sometimes meant I had an excuse to sleep in or skip class to binge watch Once Upon A Time on Netflix, it also meant I passionately threw myself into my classes, my marketing internship at the Wisconsin Union and my role as a Style Guru. Being a larger part of CollegeFashionista by participating in brand partnerships and social media campaigns has been very fun and incredibly rewarding. CollegeFashionista has become a part of my identity; strangers approach me asking if I’m a Style Guru and I think “Fashionista” is my official nickname amongst my friends. Internships are meant to help you decide what you want to do with your future, and CollegeFashionista has made me realize that I want fashion to be a part of my life after I graduate in May. I cannot recount the inspiration and direction CollegeFashionista has given me in just one STYLE GURU BIO.

As I scrolled through my posts from my time as a Style Guru, I realized that most of them centered around the theme of weather. Wisconsin has some of the most bipolar weather in the country. The last few months brought us sunshine, rain and snow, sometimes all in the same day. Because of this, it’s important to keep an arsenal of clothing that works for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. This winter, I stocked up on a few items that help me battle the cold and still look chic. I bought these black booties to wear to winter job interviews, but ended up pairing them with everything from my favorite ripped jeggings to the dress I wore to a winter wedding. In order to keep my looks varied, I like to invest in sweaters with interesting patterns and cuts, like this pink one with a V-neck and dolman sleeves. In the new year, I plan on using my Christmas money to invest in a blanket scarf, a faux fur vest and a turtleneck sweater. Even though I (not so secretly) hate Wisconsin weather, sometimes I feel lucky that I have such a variety of temperatures to dress for because it always gives me an excuse to go shopping.

Even though it has barely just begun, I already know my last semester with CollegeFashionista will be a great one. Thank you to everyone who has read, shared and pressed “RAD” on my posts. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your chic looks this semester as we battle Wisconsin weather, one cute scarf at a time.