I’m Jamie Young and I’m a senior here at the University of California, Berkeley. As an Anthropology major, there’s nothing I appreciate more than culture. It’s the way we express ourselves, the way we communicate with each other and the way we frame our lives. I strongly believe that we are able to create meaning in the world around us through social and cultural interactions. And what better way to do that than through what you wear? I love fashion and style because it provides an opportunity to express a part of who I am and the cultural context, or story, behind it.
For me, having style means having a personal aesthetic. It is knowing what you like and expressing it. I would definitely describe my personal style as put together, but relaxed. My look starts with a staple piece from my wardrobe—black trousers, skinny jeans, the perfect white tee—something that is both wearable and versatile. From there, the possibilities are endless. I like starting with a solid foundation and building on it with anything from an oversized cardigan to a floral print leotard.
The great thing about fashion is that there are no rules or regulations. One of the many things that I love about being here in Berkeley is that this statement really rings true. The people here are as individual as the city itself, and everyone has a distinctive story to tell and a distinctive wardrobe to go with it. I am thrilled to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista, and I look forward to exploring what the East Bay has to offer!
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