STYLE GURU BIO: Sofia Villela

My name is Sofia Villela and I’m a senior studying psychology at Binghamton University. This fall will mark my second semester with CollegeFashionista! Although my major doesn’t overlap with fashion, I’ve always been drawn to it and found it to be a fun means of personal expression.

Fashion inspiration can come from anywhere, but mine comes mostly from my fellow students, my mom and online street style blogs such as WhoWhatWear. I also love style publications like Man Repeller by Leandra Medine, which combines humor and innovative perspectives on fashion. As far as brands, if budgets didn’t exist I would love to shop Reformation, French Connection and alice + olivia!

I find that a lot of times in fashion, a little goes a long way. Simple and polished outfits exude a sense of effortlessness that beats trying to incorporate every trend into one look. Though trends are a lot of fun, I think it’s important to find timeless pieces that suit you and can last you through the fickle fads of the fashion world. That might be something that flatters you, makes you feel good or is just really dang cute! For me, I find that cat eye sunglasses are a simple, elegant piece that definitely brings an element of class to any ensemble.

The city of Binghamton, NY where my school is located has quite a reputation for being overcast and gray. However, I hope to showcase some of the Fashionistas/os that shine through those cloudy skies and inspire me to do the same!