STYLE GURU BIO: Michelle Cernauske

January 7th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hi there!

My name is Michelle Cernauske and I am currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It’s crazy for me to think that I am going to be entering my final semester of college…hopefully when I graduate I‘ll have a big girl job, but for now let’s not worry about that. Let’s talk fashion.

I like to think that my style is ever evolving. As I become more comfortable expressing myself through my style, the more willing and eager I am to take more risks and be bold. I don’t think that a year ago I would dare mix prints or patterns but now I do it on a daily basis.

I’d say that overall my style is very classic casual. For me comfort always wins especially during the winter time. Over the past semester blanket scarves have become a staple in my wardrobe. I have yet to meet a blanket scarf I don’t like. A blank scarf is sort of the epitome of classic causal because the pattern might be a very classic plaid, but the style is relaxed and over-sized. Try looking at Target, Old Navy or ASOS to find a blanket scarf and don’t worry because whichever you choose you really can’t go wrong.

I also love a loose button-down, like a flannel, denim shirt, or a buffalo print which I’m wearing here. It’s just super easy to throw on when going to class and wears well all day long. And don’t be afraid to pair a patterned button-down with a colorful blanket scarf. Like with what I’ve got on here, the black in the scarf gets picked up with the black in the rest of the outfit so it doesn’t look out of place even though there are two patterns going on.

You can keep the rest simple like I did here by throwing on some black leggings or jeans and black riding boots. If you don’t have a pair of black riding boots try these simple and classic boots from Macy’s. They are a staple item every Fashionista should have.

And with that we will be ready to take on second semester as fashion pros! I can’t wait to share with you all the great style from the University of Illinois.