This may come as a shock to you, but style chameleons are not just stylish chameleons, they are people who alter their style to the style of those around them. I’m not talking about the Real Housewives draping themselves in an ornate scarf on a trip to Morocco, though I’m sure they considered themselves to be quite fashionable locals. In a way, these chameleons are to be admired for their ability to blend in — they may save themselves from being pick-pocketed on a trip to Rome, but in return they rob themselves of their own personal style. And what’s a European vacation without a good pick-pocketing story, anyway?
In the lush green of the sump outside my house (I hope you see that sarcasm rages through that paradox), I found my sister, Sara, to take the term quite literally. With a knit beach cover up layered over a black slip, she blended in amongst the stone-covered moss. And in true Gharnit quirkiness, she was wearing cateye sunglasses, platform wedges and gold. But hey, why completely blend in when you can stand out? And that, ladies and gents, is a true stylish chameleon — oops, I meant style chameleon.
Name: Sara Gharnit
CollegeFashionista: If you had to, how would you define your personal style?
Sara Gharnit: Urban-chic with a splash of sophistication.
CF: Where do you draw your fashion inspiration?
SG: Mostly from off-duty models and celebrities, but indirectly — you have to add some zest. I love mixing the grunginess of Mary-Kate Olsen with an extremely tailored piece, whether it be a tuxedo jacket or a cropped cigarette pant.
CF: Has your style impacted you in any way, or would you say your life has impacted your style?
SG: I would say both. My style is a direct reflection of who I am on the inside, but my style also sets me apart from the crowd. I like being an independent person. I strive to make my own decisions in regards to what I wear rather than mirroring my peers.
CF: Who are your favorite designers?
SG: The amazing Alexander Wang, the whimsical Marc Jacobs, the sleek Karl Lagerfeld and 3.1 Philip Lim. They all bring something new to the field and have shaped the fashion world that surrounds our everyday lives.
How To: To get this look, layer a textured knit dress over a black slip. Slide on some glam navy wedges and cat eyes with gold jewelry. And faster than you can say, “Bang!” you’re dressed and ready to roam the streets of West Hollywood, SoHo, although it probably works best in a meadow.