STYLE GURU BIO: Liz Dombrowski

Hi, my name is Liz Dombrowski and I will be a junior at University of Delaware. I always have loved the back-to-school season. Friends reuniting, the smell of new books and the joy of meeting new people in your classes are a few of my favorite things. Whether it’s the new tan you’re showing off or an incredible internship experience, it’s amazing how one season can change everything. During spring semester, I had the pleasure of being a Style Guru. In case you couldn’t hear the sound of a crowd cheering in the distance, I’m back for another semester, ladies and gentlemen.

Since we last spoke Fashionistas and Fashionistos, a lot has changed! I survived a complete summer of being a true New Yorker. I lived in Manhattan and interned for an amazing swimsuit company. While balancing the internship, launching my own website and completing an online communications summer course, I immersed myself in the culture of New York City. There is such comfort in dressing, however I may choose, without getting looks or stares. Sometimes I find myself in fashion ruts. I normally stick to classic pieces such as silk blouses, dark wash skinny jeans and a great ankle boot. We all stick to what is comfortable to us. For some it may be skinny jeans and sneakers or the the classic high-waisted pants and crop top combo. With a fear of being judged or mocked, we stick to our comfortable norms.

For those who remember my first STYLE GURU BIO, I spoke about beauty of first impressions. In my article, I stated the first thing people notice about you is your outfit. Of course, everyone wants to make a killer first impression, style and personality wise, but not everyone can have a wonderful first impression. It’s the mishaps and the unglamorous moments that keep you on your toes. If you are glamorous all the time and always fashion-forward, I’m quite stunned. Recently, I think we all need a little courage. Whether it is courage to repair a horrible first impression or courage to buy the Hawaiian print button-down because you simply like the tropical relaxed vibe it represents. Whatever courage means to you, we need to take that five seconds and try something new. This season, I will be retiring my beloved brown tote to rocking a new bucket bag.

This semester, I have a dare for you and it is triple dog dare. Now, you know this is a serious one! I dare you to try something out of your comfort zone. Style is unique and individual. Think of how refreshing it is to meet people who don’t stick to the norms? You could be that person! Lets all take that five seconds of courage and maybe even rock our own Hawaiian print tropical shirt here and there.