STYLE GURU BIO: Michelle Li

May 29th, 2015 at 2:00am

Hi everyone! I’m Michelle, an incoming junior after enduring and surviving yet another grueling semester as a Media Studies and Asian American Studies double major at UC Berkeley. Known largely for its activism, liberalism and diversity, I’m here to additionally share the styles and trends among my fellow bears. I am incredibly ecstatic to be exploring, capturing and reporting on the fashion scene here in Berkeley this summer as part of the CollegeFashionista family!

Although we are officially academically in summer session, here in the bay area, the weather doesn’t always seem to agree. The unpredictable weather makes layering a practical and valuable skill. Meticulous layering is what catches my attention having grown up in the bay area around a lack of defined seasons and indecisive weather. It has also conditioned certain fashion habits and philosophies into my life, which I am excited to share throughout this summer. Color has somehow been stripped away from my wardrobe and fashioned me to camouflage with trees more so than I intend.

The inevitable fact that fashion and style are ever changing, coupled with fluctuating weather has led to many episodes of trial and error within my own personal fashion journey. Over the years, I’ve accumulated an excessive amount of clothes and shoes. I admit I am guilty of sometimes following short-lived fads and trends. I still have plenty of pieces in my closet I have yet to reach for since its arrival. But the beauty of fashion is in the fact that it constantly changes because those pieces collecting dust in my closet could be just right for another season.

Style is an art of putting pieces together that reinforce your personality. I don’t think my style necessarily fits into a certain category but I do gravitate toward menswear inspired styles. Something about the defined yet loose silhouettes of menswear just clicks with me, at least currently as a college student. It means that you can look baggy, comfortable, and put together all at once. I’m all about streamlining the process of getting dressed with a closet full of clothes that make throwing pieces together in a jiffy a simple task.

Want to get my look? I call this outfit pajama-chic. I simply wore a ribbed mock neck crop top under a quilted bomber jacket with khaki green colored trousers and Dr. Martens.