I like to think of my style as a sophisticated sort of trendy. I’ve never been a care-free or effortless person and would much rather dress New York City chic than California cool. Being from Florida, that is not necessarily the easiest, but I try to find a happy medium.
This is my second semester as a Style Guru. Since I just got back to my college campus for the fall semester and I am so eager to gawk at my fellow fashion students’ style. I am a sophomore fashion design major at Kent State University, so there’s no doubt I will have many Fashionista’s to adore.
In this look, I am rocking one of my favorite thrift store finds: this mock neck, velvet shift dress. As you could read in my previous bio, all things mock neck scream my name. This dress was intimidating at first because shift dresses have never been the perfect fit for me, but this dress somehow worked. It’s a combination of many things I love—high necks, velvet and a somewhat daring silhouette. This dress is perfect for most occasions, from work to a day out (as I said, I typically dress sophisticated, so my definition of casual may be different than others), all depending upon how it is accessorized.
Another staple for my style is simplicity. Some people think accessories are the key feature of an outfit, but I will always argue that many times the garment can speak for itself. I am not a big jewelry person, so I always keep it dainty and quiet. My go-to pieces are earrings and watches, with makeup and nails adding some pizazz. With this look I included a gold watch, which nicely complements the rich black velvet. I recently had my nails done in a coffin shape with a greige-mauve toned polish. As for my earrings, I have two elegant emerald posts in my midway, and for my two lobe piercings I tried a risky look (inspired by Debby Ryan), using a thin gold hoop earring and looping it through the other piercing instead of letting it hang. I think this is fun and unique, but still classy in its own strange way.
Finally, my shoes are a black sandal that is easily characterized by its simplicity. These are actually jelly shoes, which is fun in this retro-inspired fashion trend, but it also gives a faux patent leather look in a way. This helps add more class to a very simple sandal.
I am so ready for fall to be in full force so I can fully embrace my love for high necks and dressy clothing. I have a feeling that being a Style Guru this fall will be even more exciting than last semester, and I am ready to start seeing the trends of my fellow students.