STYLE GURU BIO: Mackenzie Gardner

January 6th, 2016 at 2:00am

James Madison University has introduced me to wide array of styles because our students come from all around the world. I have also been lucky enough to be apart of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Joining greek life has introduced me to so many different types of people. I can be very shy when I first meet you, but you can’t get me to stop talking once I get to know someone. However, Greek life has helped pull me out of my shell.

I’m currently a sophomore and am pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts and Design, along with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Communications. I am very interested in working at a major fashion publication when I graduate and living in New York City. A perk of going to college was that I no longer had to wear a school uniform. I was finally able to show off my personal style.

Fashion has been a major part of my life since my mom started buying me fashion magazines. I started cutting out different pictures that I loved, and found inspiration from and gluing them into notebooks. I have 10 or more notebooks filled with magazine cutouts; it was my absolute favorite thing to do at night. One thing I love about fashion is that you can gain inspiration from anything. I firmly believe that fashion is a form of self-expression; therefore, you should wear what makes you most comfortable. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from a fashion editor: “If you look back in history of the women who are most memorable and most stylish, they were never the followers of fashion. They were the ones who were unique in their style, breakers of the rules. They were authentic, genuine, and original. They were not following the trends.”