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STYLE GURU BIO: Mary Louise DuBose

January 24th, 2017 at 2:00am
STYLE GURU BIO: Mary Louise DuBose

The mark of a new year is always filled with excitement and anticipation. There is hope for the future and optimism for what is to come. We challenge ourselves with resolutions of various shapes and sizes, hoping that this year we’ll stick to them and finally be able to say that we managed to follow through. With all the horrible events that occurred during 2016, the arrival of 2017 is a breath of fresh air. I’m determined to make it the best year yet, and, to do so, I’ve challenged myself to quite a few resolutions.

These resolutions include eating healthier and being more assertive. The most important and pertinent of my new year’s resolutions is to become more invested in my budding career in the fashion industry. I want to start taking every opportunity presented to me and giving these opportunities my all. This is my third semester writing for CollegeFashionista from Cornell University’s campus, and if you’ve read any of my previous articles, you’d know that I have a passionate and complicated love affair with fashion. I love fashion, but not because of the clothes themselves. Rather, I view fashion as an ever evolving art form—one where people can truly express their individuality and personality to the world around them. I’m not interested in designer labels or getting my hands on the most popular trends; I care about the way clothing can be used as a medium for interpersonal communication.

My own style is the happy medium where femininity meets practicality and edge. I love any type of silver embellishment, turtlenecks, statement bags, floral skirts, and worship a good walking shoe. The vibe of my outfits are directly correlated with my moods, ranging from all black on days when I want to be left alone to bright colors when I’m happy. Essentially, each component of my look on any given day is chosen for a reason. This is why fashion is such a powerful tool for communication. If people take a moment to really look at what others are wearing, they can figure out who the wearer is.

The end of 2016 marks the start of a new chapter in our lives. Another year marked by heartbreak, disappointment, and disaster has been left behind as we turn to 2017 with hope and optimism in the months to come. I challenge you to use this new year to truly explore who you are through your personal style. Develop a general look that clearly communicates your individuality to the world. Try shopping at new stores. Scour magazines and runway shows for inspiration. This is your chance to start anew and begin to harness the true power of clothes: their ability to emphasize the personality and voice of the wearer. All you have to do is figure out what you want them to say.