A hearty welcome to new readers and old readers alike! My name is Sarah Yung, hailing from Northern California’s University of the Pacific, and I am positively elated to be back for my third semester here at CollegeFashionista.
As this is a fashion publication, I suppose now would be an opportune time to address a pivotal question: How would I describe my personal aesthetic? Depending on my mood (and, to a lesser degree, the weather), my outfits range from tacky tourist to monochrome minimalism, 90s boy to eclectically layered grandma. I have a healthy respect for soigné classics and a healthy appreciation of the brazenly bizarre. Expensive leather shoes, overalls and oversized vintage sweaters are among my weaknesses, but my patterned sock game is always strong (especially when paired with Birkenstock Montereys or Saltwater Sandals). Although my dream is to someday own visionary pieces from the likes of Novis, Roksanda and Ostwald Helgason, some of my current favorite places to shop include J.Crew, Anthropologie, Madewell, Nordstrom, local boutiques and my grandparents’ closets. Give me directional, sleek silhouettes, creative color and pattern play or comfortable, updated staples, and I’m there.
In other words, I am totally that girl who’ll match a new handmade hat with an old necklace of gold and pearls. I’ll gleefully don a slouchy, loose-knit striped sweater (complete with suede elbow patches) made in Malibu, California with a form-fitting silk mini skirt (dotted with cave painting motifs) made in NYC. And I’ll definitely mix my neutrals, with a pair of vintage, storm cloud gray pointelle socks and a taupe pair of well-loved laceless oxfords.
I suppose it’s clear that one element I love about the world of fashion — and similarly, the CollegeFashionista internship — is its diverse vision and versatility. My first semester was spent cataloging intricate details and awesome accessories on campus in ACCESSORIES REPORT, while my second semester was spent turning the lens on myself for STYLE GURU STYLE. Both semesters were beneficial learning experiences, chances to understand my campus’ style and my personal style on a deeper level. More than that, though, CollegeFashionista gave me a chance to be part of a national body-positive community dedicated to sharing the unique style of students everywhere. CollegeFashionista is a love of fashion, a love of journalism and a love of connection. I can’t wait to jump back into the fray.
This semester, I hope you’ll join me on another riveting, fashion-fueled adventure here at University of the Pacific.