STYLE GURU BIO: Tara Guaimano

My name is Tara Guaimano, and I am pursuing a degree in communications—journalism at Marist College. I am more than excited to become a part of the unique style-sharing community at CollegeFashionista for this fall semester.

Spending summers on the New Jersey Shore and growing up beside the ocean, my personal style is inspired by the carefree vibes of the beach. For as long as I can remember, I have sported a white, puka shell choker around my neck and have insisted on wearing flip flops until late October. As a young girl by the seaside, I lived by Billabong’s slogan, “Life is better in boardshorts.” But with some modification and discovery of how I could incorporate my love for the beach into my daily style, I crafted a look directly inspired by my upbringing (and Free People, of course).

Whether it be in the heat of the summer sun or in the crisp winter wind, my style persists of beachy vibes all year long. With blue sea hues and earthy sand tones, each outfit I put together not only gives off beach vibes and reminders of the summer sun but also, and more importantly, connects my outer appearance to my inner roots.

I always have tried to stay true to a natural look, as the beach has uncovered for me the lengths that a relaxed, more raw appearance can reach. For example, beach hair, a product of the salt water after taking a dip in the ocean, creates an effortless look. This concept can be applied to every aspect of fashion—you can never go wrong with showcasing your natural self and a style that reflects it.

This semester, I will utilize earth tones and memories of watching the rolling ocean waves to inspire a natural, beachy-bohemian fall style at CollegeFashionista.