STYLE GURU BIO: Nicole Odziewa

Guess who’s back for another semester? I hope you’re as excited as I am! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nicole and I just finished my sophomore year at DePaul University where I’m majoring in Public Relations. This time ’round as a Style Guru, I’ll be bringing CollegeFashionista away from the city and back to suburbia with me as I move home for the summer. I know most people don’t usually associate the suburbs with being “fashion-forward,” but I promise you there is potential!

Summer is my favorite season, but I’ve never been able to explain why. Maybe it’s because my birthday falls during the summer, or maybe it’s all the music festivals going on (and you all who have read my previous posts know how much I love my music). Though, the real reason I love summer so much is probably is because I hate the cold, and I love not having to wear three different layers to try and stay warm anymore.

Even though summer is, IMO, the best time of the year, I find it the hardest season to dress for; I get too attached to my jeans. After wearing them nine months of the year, it gets hard to give them up. Also, it’s partially because trying to find shorts that fit me well is a struggle. Trust me. going out to shop for shorts ends up being an adventure from start to finish. Since last summer, however, I saw my summer style expand from just shorts to skirts, dresses, overalls and rompers. I found, after my first year living in the city, I began to get much more adventurous with the clothes I buy and my style in general. So, there’s another thing for me to thank the city of Chicago for.

Who would’ve thought adventurous would mean throwing it back to elementary school?: a time filled with tragic fashion choices. If you told me a few years ago I would be wearing skorts again, I probably would’ve taken it as a joke. Here we are though, with a much more modern take on the staple piece of the early-2000s. The asymmetrical lines of the skort I’m wearing is what grabbed my attention when I saw it at Abercrombie & Fitch (hello middle school throwback), and it added an interesting texture to my outfit.

With the weather in Chicago slowly moving from the cold months to warmer temperatures, pairing shorts, or in this case, skorts, with long-sleeved shirts is a good way to transition an outfit along with the weather. I chose to go for a classic everyone should have in their closet: a white button-up. Of course, my look would never be finished without my two favorite pieces, a statement necklace and chelsea boots.

Being able to share my love of fashion the past few months working with CollegeFashionista has been amazing, and I can’t wait to continue it this summer. Here’s to a fashionable summer in suburbia!