STYLE GURU BIO: Kiara Manning

My name is Kiara Manning and I am a third year print journalism major at the University of Mississippi. I am a returning Style Guru and I could not be more ecstatic. Fashion is art, history, and culture all rolled into one and that is what makes it so special. Working with this website will open so many doors for me because it will allow me to focus on the things I love, which are fashion and writing.

I am passionate, devoted, and believe that hard work is the key to success. I love to express creativity in all things and being the best that I can be. I am an aspiring journalist, writer, author, and stylist.

I would definitely describe my style as trendy and chic. I am obsessed with high fashion and often look to runway shows and certain celebrities, such as Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, and Aaliyah for inspiration and sort of make it my own. People like Aaliyah and Rihanna are my biggest style inspirations, because of the risks they’ve taken so many risks and started so many trends. I constantly mix higher end clothing with lower end clothing because I feel that you can find fashionable things anywhere no matter the price. I like to wear a lot of black clothing because it’s something very regal and edgy about it, but I also love wearing bright colors and color blocking my outfits. I feel that it is very important to mix up your style so I look to the ’80s, ’90s and other eras to see what trend I can bring back or start. I like to consider myself as the Cher Horowitz or Blair Waldorf of my generation. My obsession with vintage clothes has taken over my life. I love ’80s and ’90s clothes because they are still inspirational til this day.

I have always been interested in fashion like every aspect of the industry. I have had daydreams about being pictured with Naomi Campbell or Vera Wang and being completely calm on the outside, but totally fan-girling on the inside.

Soon I hope to be writing for a major fashion magazine and styling and creating concepts for major fashion campaigns.

Music is also such a huge part of my style I look at the ’90s and early 2000s music videos and get extremely inspired by all the different looks. My influences may range from a lot of different places. One day I’m into a ’90s grunge look; other days I’m feeling very high fashion and dramatic. No matter what I wear I always remember to add my own flair because its always important to never let your true identity get lost in your outfits.

When I am not writing or styling outfits I am busy watching Netflix and living life with my amazing friends. I enjoy reading, going to restaurants, and traveling.

I am so excited to be apart of the CollegeFashionista family and I cannot wait to share all my articles with you!