Hey Fashionistas/os! This is my first semester with CollegeFashionista and I couldn’t be more excited! I am currently a sophomore at the University of Richmond in Virginia studying English and Communications.

I’ve been interested in fashion for as long as I can remember because of how fashion-conscious my mom was in her style and the way she dressed me as a child. I still remember watching TLC’s What Not to Wear as a kid. Even to this day, I still dig through my mom’s closet for vintage styles of classic brands.

As a more introverted person, fashion has always been my primary means of self-expression. I love the feeling of empowerment that fashion can give to people. Gossip Girl style icon Blair Waldorf defined fashion perfectly: “Fashion is art and culture and history and everything I love combined.” My look can go from edgy, to preppy, to boho in the span of one week depending on how I’m feeling. When I’m not watching fashion and beauty videos on YouTube or reading fashion articles, you will often find me reading a book, exploring an art gallery, binge watching shows on Netflix, or practicing my dance moves.

My outfit is inspired by pieces I had in my wardrobe when I was younger. I have always had a classic denim jacket, and I think it should be a staple in anyone’s wardrobe. Underneath the jacket, I paired a simple black T-shirt with some dainty layered necklaces to balance out my striped culottes which are the focal point of this look. A statement piece like these striped culottes will definitely turn heads! I love how the vertical stripes and flared bottoms elongate my legs and give the illusion of height. The bow belt detailing on the pants also adds a cute flair to the outfit. I completed this look with my black leather Chelsea boots and a black leather crossbody bag.

Stay tuned for future posts showcasing the Fashionistas at the University of Richmond!