STYLE GURU BIO: Thalie Charles-Cazeau

Hey Fashionistas! My name is Thalie Charles-Cazeau and this is my first semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. I’m a senior at the University of South Florida. I’m majoring in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism. Although it is my first time writing for CollegeFashionista, it isn’t my first time writing for an online publication. I wrote for HerCampus for two years, which is an online women’s magazine that is geared towards college students.

I love fashion and hope to become a writer or editor for a fashion magazine such as Teen Vogue, Vogue, or ELLE. I also love to read which I think is what lead me to writing. I often use reading as way to relieve stress. Being able to transport yourself into another world and completely immerse yourself in the story is a very special experience. I’ve always thought that reading could not only teach you about the world, but about yourself as well.

I truly believe that clothing is transformative. We can use it to uncover different sides of ourselves. Marc Jacobs said, “Clothing is a form of self-expression, there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” There is a story to every outfit, whether you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and wanted to be comfortable, or bought a special dress for a first date. Clothing, style, and fashion are a part of who we are because they help to encapsulate the story of our lives.

Just like our lives, our style is ever changing. As we grow older, it evolves. I’ve recently felt like my style is in a transitioning phase. I have always had a very strong affinity to the color black. It’s straightforward, clean cut, classic, and edgy. I sometimes break up the black with a neutral color.

In this outfit, I paired a gray long sleeve bodysuit with a black leather skirt, black suede studded heels, and black fringe necklace. This look is feminine with a twist. Leather is a perfect go-to if you’re trying to amp up a simple outfit. If you want to really go for it, you can find a funky necklace to throw on. Accessories aren’t for everyone, but they can be fun to play around with.

This semester, I hope to break out of the slight shell I’ve put myself in and start taking more risks. Fashion is all about having fun and showing off your personality. I can’t wait to find some Fashionistas and Fashionistos on campus, so maybe we’ll be able to inspire each other.