Hey Fashionistas! I’m Mallory Metzner and this is my third semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. I double major in mass communications and fashion merchandising at the University of Delaware and this fall starts my junior year.
My passion for fashion was ignited somewhere way back in my childhood and it has only burned brighter with time. I played dress up with my friends in pre-k to look like princesses and now I play dress up in college to exhibit all of the many fashions that I love. Everyday is an opportunity to practice my fashion skills and I never waste an opportunity by bumming it. In high school, I used to obsessively plan out my outfits by writing down all of the possible combinations I could make with my wardrobe and then checking them off as I wore them. I would also keep lists of different trends I wanted to practice and what items I would need to buy in order to do so. I still do that sometimes.
Based on my two majors, I definitely want to go into fashion buying and/or fashion journalism. My ultimate dream for a while has been to eventually have my own fashion talk show. At UD, I am involved with the student-run fashion magazine, UDRESS, as a writer and member of the public relations team. This past July, I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain. I got a unique take on this internship by writing about European fashions for CollegeFashionista. It was fun to take note on what the locals were wearing and then try out similar trends myself. I went shopping at Zoe in which all of the paisley dresses and jumpsuits were made in Malaga, Spain. Then there was Vestido de Vega, a boutique that vends in several European cities. I even went to Zara while I was there and took advantage of all the “rebajas” or sales.
My wardrobe is in a forever expansion as I keep finding new styles to try on. From preppy to indie, I love wearing new trends. With my newfound Spanish fashions, I have been wearing dresses, jumpsuits and bright colored accessories a lot lately. I was born and raised at the beach in Lewes, Delaware so I’ve always had a surplus of sundresses and flip-flops. Depending on the accessories, these items can be worn casually or dressed up. For this shoot, I went to the beach to showcase the land I grew up in. I love how this navy strapless sundress hugs my waste and flares out at the skirt just enough to be fun to run around in. I added a coral colored statement necklace and my favorite coral colored flower flip-flops to make all of the colors in this look pop. Coral is one of my favorite colors and it’s even the color of the walls in my room at home. Navy is a color I grew up seeing often because it is the color of the darker Atlantic Ocean and it contrasts nicely with my favorite, coral. Anchors have also been an obsession of mine for quite a while. Growing up at the beach, it was a symbol I saw everywhere, even appearing on much of my wardrobe. I purchased this handmade cork anchor anklet when I was in Portugal this summer because it represents to me that no matter how far I may travel, I’ll always have my anchor at home in Lewes, Delaware.
As I step into another semester as a Style Guru, I can’t wait to see what new trends I will find and how my newfound Spanish influences will come into play.