It was the day before I left for Thanksgiving break that I found out I was going to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. I was ecstatic, and proceeded to squeal like a little girl. Besides being able to go home and tell my extended family at Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday where teens get their life choices examined by their aunts and uncles, I was even more excited to be a part of a creative outlet that combines both my love for fashion, and my passion for writing.

I am a freshman studying fashion merchandising at Marist College. I grew up in a bubble, located in the middle of suburbia, just an hour outside of New York City. Growing up, I found that I didn’t want to have the same black legging, Ugg boot-wearing style as my fellow classmates (seriously, try to convince me that leggings are pants and you will fail). So I drew inspiration from both New York and my suburban upbringing. I have a different style than most of the people who I was surrounded by, I used the city as my inspiration while still taking some inspiration from suburbia. I do not see this as a bad thing. Living in the world of fast fashion where trends quickly change, my style evolves just as fast. Therefore, my style is hard to define. However, I do tend to gravitate towards solid fabrics instead of patterns and have always worn a ton of white and a ton of black. I think there is something so simple about the two colors. They are able to make anyone look put together.

For this look, I chose to go with something more on the casual side. I believe that just because you are not in the mood to dress up, doesn’t mean that you should give up. I paired high-waisted jeans with a cropped sweatshirt, and leather jacket. However, I made sure that the jeans were high enough and the sweatshirt was long enough so that my stomach wasn’t showing. I try to stay away from showing bare midriff because I get painful flashbacks of middle school, where I now regret almost everything I wore. I like this particular outfit because it is comfortable, but still put together and trendy. I paired black slip-on sneakers to go with the comfort of the rest of the look and called it a day.

I hope you enjoy this look and reading this article as much as I did creating it. I can’t wait to continue sharing my fashion inspirations with you this semester.