STYLE GURU BIO: Madeline Makoul

Welcome, Fashionistas/os! My name is Madeline Makoul, and I’m a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying journalism and English literature. This will be my second semester with CollegeFashionista, and I am so excited to be back!

As a senior, I’ve been looking toward the future and setting goals for where I want to be, one of my biggest goals being that I would like to work for a magazine and live in New York City once I graduate in May. I’m so excited to finally get out of the Midwest come graduation day and switch up my environment, but for the time being I will continue to find fashion inspiration on campus and share it with all of you!

Some of the biggest influencers on my style are fashion icons like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What. All of these women rock an edgier look with darker tones and always know how to make the latest trend their own. It can be challenging at times to have my social media feed full of expensive outfits that celebrities post, but I have found with time that it isn’t hard to mimic their looks on a college girl’s tight budget. Yet my biggest tip, beyond searching for cheaper alternatives, is to not buy into every trend! With new trends constantly hitting the scene and old ones falling into the shadows, I only pick and choose some that I believe will also go with a more classic, everlasting look.

Keeping my views on trends in mind, there is nothing more classic than black and as you will come to find, a majority of my wardrobe sticks to this dark hue. For any day-to-day look, I tend to gravitate towards a black top with ripped jeans. Ripped denim is huge right now; I seriously don’t own a single pair of jeans that aren’t ripped, but recently I have also really loved the look of a frayed ankle. For the fall months I always keep a good pair of black booties handy, as they easily transition into the cooler months and can add some extra edge to an otherwise plain look. For jewelry, especially when I’m wearing just a simple T-shirt, I like to add at least one big statement piece. Accessories add a little oomph to every look and better portray your personal style.

I’m looking forward to sharing my personal style and inspiration with all of you Fashionistas/os this semester!