STYLE GURU BIO: Sarah Richard

June 3rd, 2016 at 2:00am

Hello, hello, if you didn’t catch it, my name is Sarah Richard! I am a rising sophomore at the University Dayton pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering accompanied by a minor in sustainability, energy and the environment. A mouthful I know!

I was a spunky child, to say the least and was never afraid to strut my newest creations down the middle school hallways. From packing peanut earrings to wild colored pants, my love for all forms of art and expression was apparent at a young age and still continues to grow. I am always on the move, engaging in new experiences and exploring the outdoors. There are very few things I love more than my family and friends, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the oh so lovely earth you and I are breathing on right now.

As I began getting way too excited about things such as the waste cycle of trash, I knew I had to start seeking out opportunities and educating myself on the topic of sustainability and environmental conservation. In the past year, I have been shown a whole new world of perspectives, that really had me start considering what kind of impact my everyday practices are having on the planet and the people and animals living among it.

When you hear sustainability, I am sure fashion is not the first thing that comes to mind, but to me fashion is exactly what it’s all about! Ok, maybe not specifically fashion, but the idea of being conscious about the effects our everyday actions are having on the earth, is exactly what drives my love for sustainability. Since fashion is a huge part of who I am, I have been working towards dressing with a purpose and thinking twice before buying just anything that catches my eye.

A quick glance into my closet will tell you I lean towards more earthy tones and relaxed silhouettes. As long as there is not a snowflake on the ground, I can almost guarantee you will find me in my Mayari Birkenstocks. Instead of shining the spotlight on color and pattern, I tend to gravitate towards more delicate statement pieces that can go with just about anything. I have a growing collection of earth-friendly pieces, like this black and white striped sweater made out of 100 percent organic cotton, that I love to mix and match with my closet’s veterans. Basics are my best friend as I can mix and match to make tons of different combinations. Not to mention, having pieces that can be worn on multiple occasions is one of the easiest ways to implement sustainability into your wardrobe: reduce, reuse, recycle is not only meant for soda cans and plastic water bottles!

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share with all of you Fashionistas/os ways in which both my love for fashion and the earth have collided.