STYLE GURU BIO: Lia Gorogianis

Hey, you. Welcome back. You just couldn’t stay away, could you? Just kidding. For all the newbies out there, I’m Lia Gorogianis, a 19-year-old rising junior at Loyola University Chicago. I study English and International Studies, and I’m minoring in French Language and Literature. So basically, I’m a grammar-obsessed geek who loves writing. This is my fourth semester writing for CollegeFashionista, and last semester, I edited, too. But I’m also a spunky, self-acclaimed world traveler. I can’t get enough of the world; I want to see all of it.

Now, don’t get me wrong; Chi-Town’s great and all, but I’m absolutely stoked to spend a month of my summer in Europe. I’m headed to Greece, where I’ll be studying abroad, and afterwards, Italy and Turkey. WHAT? Is this really happening? I won’t leave you guys behind, though; I’ll be reporting live from…wherever I happen to be at that moment in time! I won’t forget about you if you don’t forget about me. Deal?

I’ll stop talking about my Europe obsession because I’ve got a passion for fashion, too (rhyme intended). Every morning, we look in the mirror and hope to pull off a certain look or hope to give off a specific vibe. What’s mine? Well, it’s pretty simple actually. I wish I could avoid the cliché in saying this, but I really just want to look different. For me, and especially for the summertime, that means hats (and lots of them), funky accessories, like unique watches, sunglasses, bright shoes, patterned socks…the whole shebang. Have you seen my pizza backpack? I use that baby for all of my adventures. If only I could show you my hat collection, but to avoid being considered a hoarder, I’ll just tell you about it instead. I’ve got snapbacks, five panel hats and bucket hats galore. In my opinion, anything that looks funky will get the job done.

So…what’s my style then? Well, lots of the time, I tend to dress like modern-day grungy hippie with a surfer, skater vibe going on. I also work as a stylist for Free People, so on other days, I look totally bohemian. I can’t wholeheartedly identify with the labels, though, because I’m really just myself: good ol’ Lia Gorogianis, the goofy chick with the almost-too-big blonde curls. It’s more important to identify with your own style than to submit to someone else’s, right? So be you, because in all reality, you’re your best accessory.

Well, folks, that about wraps things up here. Thanks for joining me for another semester here with CollegeFashionista; I look forward to sharing my articles with you every Wednesday. Stay funky.