Style Guru Bio: Elizabeth Taufield

Hello Fashionistas! My name is Elizabeth and I’m thrilled to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista! I am a Theatre Major and rising sophomore at GWU.

Since I can remember, fashion has always been an integral part of my life. I remember thinking my mother was the most fashionable and glamorous woman I had ever seen, and the opportunity to try on anything of hers was exhilarating. My style of dress consisted of sweet and colorful smock dresses, however, over time, I kissed my smock dresses au revoir as I started to find my true flair. I started fancying looser clothing with more of a bohemian feel. Dressing for comfort as well as for style became one of my big mantras. I’ve found being casual chic is when I feel most comfortable, literally and figuratively. I gravitate towards neutral tones, occasionally rocking pops of bold colors. My style could be classified as almost minimalistic, however, accessories are usually what completes my ensemble. Whether it be my shark tooth necklace I wear almost everyday, my leather pyramid cuff, my blue cocktail ring I usually bring out at night, or a great pair of sunglasses, it is these accents that help finish off my look.

I am constantly finding inspiration. I have become heavily influenced from old films like Annie Hall, vintage photographs of chic women like Catherine Deneuve, or traveling to exotic places. I have also gathered inspiration from art, culture, and fashion from around the world.

Fashion and style icons that I have admired for years are Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Brigitte Bardot, and Bianca Jagger. These six influential women all share a certain effortlessness of which I have always been enamored. Similarly, a few of my favorite designers are Alexander McQueen, Prada, Proenza Schouler, and Tory Burch. Growing up in New York City, I was exposed to high fashion and street style at a very young age. While I grew up uptown, something about the coolness of downtown street style caught my eye early on.

Interning in E-Commerce at Tory Burch Corporate, I learned and became fascinated by the power of social media. I find it enthralling how many designs are now influenced by urban street style, thanks to bloggers. While one of my favorite pastimes is flipping through the glamorous and glossy pages of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, this past year I have also incorporated the blogging world into this mix. Some of my favorites include, The Satorialist, WhoWhatWear, The Man Repeller, and Fashiontoast. I became so inspired by this new world, that I, too, created a blog of my own: Cheap&Cheerful.

I look forward to reporting the upcoming trends and styles I see among college students!

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