January 23rd, 2017 at 2:00am

Heyo fellow fashion-lovers! I’m Meg Croley, and I am a newly welcomed Style Guru for CollegeFashionista! I’m a sophomore at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and this is my first semester as a Style Guru and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve loved fashion since I rocked flare jeans and Disney World lanyards as a crunchy haired youth and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to form my own ’90s vintage, skate-culture style that I love to express every single day. As an English and communications double major writing is what I love to do most, and photographing/writing about fashion combines my greatest passions into one beautiful experience.

While I tend to classify my style as exceedingly urban and vintage, there really isn’t much I won’t try on. My trusty black Sk8-High Vans sit right next to my yellow Crocs on my shoe rack, and I have no shame in tie-dye or crushed velvet. I get most of my inspiration from ’80s or ’90s looks—I love big hair, darker makeup, and typically shredded jeans coupled with a sneaker. I love wearing anything loud and retro that will make me stand out as I believe my fashion sense actually makes me more approachable and always gives me an initial topic to talk about with someone new. For me, fashion is a way to always feel confident and self-assured, even if everything else in life is a huge question mark.

In this look, I paired many of my essential favorites together to create an edgy, street vibe that also matched the dreariness of the rainy day. I coupled shredded, skinny black jeans with black suede booties to create the illusion of height (since I’m a wannabe Amazon), both showing off my love for the endlessly stylish color, black. Ugh, black. I will never get enough of you.

Since velvet is all anyone (myself included) thinks about anymore in terms of fashion, I wore my favorite (dark green? Gray? Color-blindness, you strike again!) velvet bodysuit from Urban Outfitters, both a classic and an essential. I love bodysuits for a myriad of reasons, mostly because they prevent anything from becoming un-tucked, but this one in particular stuck out to me. Since I’m trying to force myself to look good in turtlenecks, I gave this a try, and actually ended up loving it. I topped the entire look off with my ultimate favorite shrunken velvet jacket, so named because it actually isn’t shrunken—it’s from, like, the sixth grade. But if the shoe (jacket?) fits, wear it, and since velvet has made such a comeback I incorporated the bedazzled black gem from yesteryear.

My love for fashion is one that possesses me day in and day out, and I cannot wait to see where CollegeFashionista takes me this semester! Make sure to follow me on social media where I’m always updating.