STYLE GURU BIO: Kimberly Pham

My interest in fashion and overall passion for self-expression has always been predetermined like the decision for the next Avatar in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Out of the thousand of toys presented to him by the monks, Aang chose the Avatar relics. In a similar fashion, per the traditional Vietnamese culture, my first birthday consisted of my family laying out four different items which each denoted a potential career for me to choose from. There was a pen for a lawyer, book for a teacher, stethoscope for a doctor and the one I chose, a pair of scissors for a hairstylist. Although I have no intention in pursuing a career in styling hair, I always knew my interests would lead me towards a more creative path.

This semester I will be starting my junior year at Rutgers University majoring in journalism & media studies, and minoring in business administration. When it comes to sitting through three hour lectures, you would most likely find me rocking a pair of black leggings that have faded due to constant wear, and an oversized sweatshirt or hoodie that is probably not even mine (thanks, bae). For me, comfort is a major key. I rarely accessorize with jewelry, and prefer to keep things simple. However, I like to experiment with makeup and would be that girl in the front row wearing a dark red lip at 8:00 a.m. Outside of the classroom I enjoy writing, photography and cinematography. I aspire to be a film producer one day and to have the ability to create for the rest of my life.

As for fashion, I love my shredded skinny jeans and my favorite accessory is my Dr. Martens. However, my style is definitely affected by my mood and the weather. Although my more alternative, rebellious teenage self would disagree, there is certainly a time and place where skin tight jeans and combat boots are appropriate, and the summer time is not that. When it gets warmer I like to bust out my myriad of floral print clothing and high-waisted bottoms. For that reason, I would label my style as edgey-frilled chic—a combination of I’ll-crush-you-with-my-heavy-boots, and here-are-some-flowers-to-make-it-all-better. In other words, my style is very much like a rose: feminine and romantic, but dangerous just like the thorns. I stick mainly to neutrals, but I’m also not afraid to try out fun, bold prints.

I’m thrilled to share my thoughts on style trends around campus this semester, but also thankful to have this opportunity to truly explore fashion and learn more about what it means to me.