STYLE GURU BIO: Mary Louise DuBose

Hello, CollegeFashionista community!

My name is Mary Louise DuBose, and I’m a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in apparel design with a (currently theoretical) minor in fiber science. This is my second semester writing for CollegeFashionista, and I’m thrilled to be back.

To say that fashion is my passion would be an understatement. Fashion gives me life. I pass time by organizing my closet and planning outfits. I spend my days studying garment construction, fashion history, sketching and sewing and staying up to date with industry innovations. While some believe that fashion is frivolous and silly, I don’t see it that way at all. To me, fashion is about more than just the runway or society’s obsession with appearance. Fashion is the ultimate form of self-expression. Every garment we choose to wear, all the accessories we decide to add, and each print we mix are a direct reflection of who we are, what we believe and how we’re feeling.

While one can spend ages putting together the perfect look, I want to stress that the most important part of any outfit is the confidence one exudes. Clothes are just an accessory to who you are. They help express your personality, but they should never define it. While a certain dress or a specific pair of shoes can make you feel like a whole other person, it’s important to remember that this is just an illusion. Clothes don’t wear you; they can’t change you. You wear them, and you should always be the star.

Follow me this semester as I scour the streets and hunt the halls for students with impeccable personal taste and style that truly expresses their individuality.