STYLE GURU BIO: Sharilynn Brown

Over my six semesters as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista my personal style has evolved more than I ever thought possible. I attribute these changes to a few different things: I’ve discovered a passion for lifting that lends itself to a lot less time and a lot more spandex, I’ve learned a lot from fellow Fashionistas and most importantly, I just really don’t care what anyone has to say about me anymore. I wear what I like; it’s really as simple as that.

My freshman year I was all about dresses and heels. I would “dress up” for every class, sometimes sporting multiple outfits in one day; I never would have been caught dead in athletic wear outside of the gym. While I do appreciate the value of looking nice, I’ve learned that you don’t necessarily need to be walking (or limping) around campus in heels every day to look put together and that leggings are a blessing, not a sin.

Some of my favorite things include cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, beanies, bright colors, lipstick and a nice pair of boots. Can you tell that this outfit is pretty much my style in a nutshell? Being comfortable and looking fabulous don’t have to be opposing concepts. My white Bula beanie and wedged boots are winter essentials and my gold Michael Kors bag is my go-to piece to add a little extra flair to an outfit. Pairing these things with my cozy oversized sweater completely transformed this look.

Fashion is about more than looking like you’ve stepped off the runway, it’s about finding what works for you and embracing it. That said, fashion “rules” don’t exist. If someone tells you that you can’t wear white after Labor Day reconsider that friendship because you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. White is flawless any time of year if it’s accompanied with confidence. Wear whatever makes you feel good and you’re bound to look incredible. After all, rules were made to be broken, right?