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STYLE GURU BIO: Whitney Woodburn

Hello Fashionistas! I am Whitney Woodburn from Washingtonville, New York. I am currently a senior at SUNY Buffalo State. I am a dual major in fashion merchandising and communication studies with a minor in women and gender studies. My passions are fashion and writing, and I have many years of experience in both. I attended Orange-Ulster BOCES CTECH in high school, which is a vocational institution where I studied fashion merchandising and interior design. There, I was able to figure out how to turn my love of fashion into a future career. In college, I have volunteered for SUNY Buffalo State’s annual Runway Fashion Show. Also, I am currently a fashion merchandising intern at Janie’s Emporium in Kenmore, New York, where I assist boutique owner Alisha Taggart-Powell and learn all of the necessary steps on how to run a business.

My love affair with clothes began from a very young age. It’s interesting to see that as we age, certain garments will evolve into new staple pieces in our closet. As a college student, I began to grow appreciative of leggings, but I always find ways to dress it up when necessary. A pair of booties is a winter essential, and a vintage red lipstick can add glam into any outfit. While I love to stay on top of trends, there will also be those staple garments that define my personal style, such as my love for silver jewelry, or my obsession with scarves.

It’s my third semester as a Style Guru and I am excited to show you how to transform your outfits, by pairing up your staple garments with new and trendy items. These new ideas will bring your closet to the next level, allowing you to be on point for the new year. I also hope that these ideas will encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone. As a result, putting together an outfit will become a fun task. Your outfit and wardrobe is a reflection of your personality. I hope to influence your outfit choices so that you can display the best version of yourself every day. This season is the perfect time to revamp your style. Inspiration can be found anywhere, and I hope share some of my inspiration with you.