STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Rainy Day Women

One thing Atlantans don’t fair well with is inclement weather. Any sight of storm sends a Lilly Pulitzer-wearing belle running for cover. Through gray skies and signs of thunder, this Fashionista braved the rain all the while proving that bad weather doesn’t have to mean resorting to a windbreaker or, god forbid, a poncho.

While Hunter Boots still hold their reign in classic thunderstorm footwear, these zip-up rubber rainboots add a unique edge to staying dry and separate the wearer from her hundreds of like-minded collegiate classmates. Though they’ve become the best-seller in rainboots, Hunters also come with a hefty price tag. Let your feet stand out for less and find similar wellies with cool hardware at Steve Madden on a college-friendly budget.

Another reason this Fashionista caught my eye was for her water-repelling anorak. A great transitional jacket, an olive green anorak like hers is a breath of fresh air from the too commonly sported North Face windbreakers. While this Fashionista has created a preppier look by complementing rubber riding boots with her jacket, varying accessories and footwear can push the look towards punk or indie-darling (think studded converse and a chambray), whatever your personal style may be. But don’t wait until it pours to debut your anorak; the lightweight feel makes it perfect for a cool summer night and looks great with espadrille wedges and a ditsy floral sundress. Rain or shine, an anorak is a timeless piece that works late spring through fall and should be a staple in every Fashionista's closet.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Palatable Pastels

We’ve finally dived head first into summer and our closets are following in close pursuit. With playful rompers, embellished sandals and skin-shielding Panama hats, the style on the street is begging for continuous warm weather and sunny days. But the trend that commanded the spring/summer 2012 runways of Louis Vuitton, Jill Stuart and 3.1 Philip Lim (to name a few) lends itself perfectly to a summer wardrobe staple: pastels.

This Emory Fashionista caught my eye with her interpretation of the trend, wearing this fantastic pair of jeans in a minty hue (which seems to be a craze in and of itself). What started with the first pair of Levi’s in 1853 and became a staple in first the American wardrobe and then the world's, has now been translated into every wash and color imaginable. Pastel denim will perk up even the grungiest of band tees (a great look!) as it does with this Fashionista’s simple olive green tank. It's also a great transition between day and night.

For a more work-appropriate look, pair your pastels with a silky button-down and a blazer. After-work drinks or a summer barbeque? Ditch the jacket, trade in the button down for a flowy tank and add wedges (like hers, courtesy of Target…..who knew!) or detailed sandals; your choice! If color is a five letter word outside of your vocabulary, then start with baby steps. A white tee can do wonders, so let your bright bottoms speak for themselves. If you’re a vogue thrill-seeker take the pretty palate up a few notches with a print; designer names like Elizabeth and James and Current/Elliott offer an extensive selection of denim in polka-dot, animal print and floral patterns that reflect the long-awaited season. Have no fear though! There’s no need to break the bank to achieve this pastel-perfect summer trend. Thanks to Urban Outfitters, you too can rock the style on a college-friendly budget. So go ahead and run to the mall, I won't judge you.

Style Guru Bio: Eden White

My name is Maude White and I am thrilled to begin my first semester (summer nonetheless!) as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista!

I’m a senior at Boston University’s College of Communication, majoring in Journalism with a concentration in magazine editorial, and minoring in Art History. While I’m still trying to unearth my niche in the world of communications, I’ve no doubt that fashion will find its way into both my professional and personal life somehow.  Whether writing features for Vogue or Vanity Fair, handling press for big clients during fashion week or helping to build a brand for an up and coming cultural icon, I want to make a statement with everything I do. In many ways this is how I’ve come to understand the world of fashion; you’re always giving someone a first impression, and those are seldom forgotten.

I would describe my style as preppy with a bit of a twist. Bits and pieces of the fashion senses of those around me inspire me, but I certainly believe in the power of the classic piece; a great pair of jeans, a fitted blazer or a crisp button down. Building upon those staples, I’m a sucker for statement jewelry, scarves and wedges. These are the pieces that tell a story and add personality to a killer outfit.

My favorite piece that I try and incorporate in all of my outfits is my grandfathers' Grumps high school football and UPenn fraternity charm bracelet that my mom had made. It speaks to the “preppy” style that I love not to mention it looks great paired with piles of bracelets and a large-faced watch. I'm also reminded of my family every time I wear it, and my outfit becomes a very personal thing. Fashion has never been a sterile, emotionless void and often the best looks come from a very personal place, rather than the racks of a shopping mall.

I’ve always had a great love of fashion, and more importantly, people and cultures. I had the opportunity to grow up over seas and seeing people on the street, their clothes tell different stories. What someone wears speaks to the kind of person they are and street style is by far the most honest representation of that. I’m always looking for new trends and inspiration from my fellow Fashionistas and I’m excited to hear the stories behind their looks!