STYLE GURU BIO: Samantha Harkless

STYLE GURU BIO: Samantha Harkless

Hey there fabulous Fashionistas/os! My name is Samantha Harkless but I have gone by Sammie since the lovely non-fashionable days of good ol’ elementary school. I am currently a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I study textile communications with minors in global studies and art history. This is my first semester as a Style Guru and I am here to prove that fashionable gals/guys do in fact exist in Nebraska.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, leading fashion brands have established home offices that have left my hometown feeling the fashion fever, which luckily, I caught and this sickness is not going away anytime soon. The fashion industry is truly a lifestyle that has to be embodied from the inside out and here I am bursting with love and passion, ready to move to the big city.

I am a creative, visual learner and an obvious fashion enthusiast. Mainly, I am an inspiration seeker. I spend my days reading The Business of Fashion and examining street style for new trends and ideas to transform. Social media plays such a great role in my creative work especially when I am dragging my friends around to help me get that textbook ‘I want to be a famous blogger’ shot.

My style is ever-changing, just like my hair, but one thing that will never change is my love for neutral minimalistic clothing. Clean silhouettes that mimic classic menswear styles inspire me. I like structured but comfortable. My go to fall outfit involves black Doc Martens and a simple leather jacket. Also, the weirder and baggier a jumpsuit, there is a high chance it can be found in my closet.

I enjoy learning from the past and building on it to forecast trends for the future. One of my favorite past times is experimenting with Photoshop and Illustrator in order to create new forms of art or mood boards for my current obsessions, these obsessions being raw denim, palm leaves, sparkly socks, Stan Smiths, stripes, street art, high-shaft chelsea boots and mid length skirts.

As for what I am doing outside of CollegeFashionista, I will be dabbling in the boutique life this semester while also writing for a campus online publication and designing layouts for a university fashion magazine.

I am a true believer that experience is the ultimate growth and I continue to develop my own personal style while learning from friends, strangers, Fashionistas/os and fellow Style Gurus. Having no clue what I will want to do after graduation, I am hoping this internship allows me to explore my love for fashion journalism. I am so ready to have a #RAD semester!