Style Guru Bio: Kate Hoffman

CollegeFashionista Facts:
Fashionistas, I am back again for the summer as one of New York University’s Style Gurus and I cannot wait see what these fabulously fearless Fashionistas have in store for the upcoming season. Nothing beats New York fashion and I am thrilled to document my favorite looks each week in my new Monday column, “Style Advice of the Week.”

Vapid Facts:
Not only am I looking forward to finding inspiration in the street styles of New York City’s Fashionistas, but I am also anticipating ramping up my fashion expertise through my internship with InStyle magazine this summer. Each summer I gravitate towards working in either the world of art or fashion, always feeling torn between these two passions of mine. It all began in high school: I worked at Ralph Lauren Rugby, attended classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and interned with Luca Luca, Conrad Photography, and Original Media. In college, I’ve continued to pursue my interests: studying fine arts and art history, working at Wink Boutique, interning with the Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art and InStyle magazine, and of course, writing as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista.

Fun Facts:
1. My featured Fashionistos have been my favorite posts to write for three reasons a) these Fashionistos haven’t exhibited any inhibitions in front of the camera b) they’ve surprised me with their exceptionally detailed knowledge about their clothing c) these posts have encouraged me to learn about men’s fashion.
2. My newest obsession is Comptoir des Cotonniers. This French boutique started in the UK and, lucky for me, has made its way over to the United States— I can’t get enough of their feminine designs, neutral colors, and impeccable cuts.
3. My most influential Fashionista is my 13-year-old sister Hannah. Out of the five women in my house—all of which are infatuated with fashion— I am always learning from the risks Hannah takes in her everyday outfits without ever losing her lady-like sense of style; I hope one day to be as adventurous yet grounded in my style as she is.


 

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Style Guru Bio: Kate Hoffman

Hi CollegeFashionista followers, my name is Kate Hoffman. I am a sophomore at the George Washington University, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Additionally, I have a double minor in the Fine Arts and Art History.

I was born and raised in Westchester, NY, 45 minutes north of NYC. Ever since I was a little girl, my mom would take me and my three younger sisters into Manhattan to visit museums, restaurants, parks, galleries, Broadway shows, and of course, stores, uptown, midtown, and downtown! For me, this all ended in a “love affair” between myself and the urban culture. New York Fashionistas are fearless. I find their sense of style both artistic and inspirational. The fact is that I gravitate to cities- living in D.C. for my education, traveling to Paris to study abroad for the academic year next year, and eventually hoping to move to New York City upon graduation. I want to continue to find influence in the ever-changing atmosphere of metropolitan areas.

As you can imagine, growing up in a house of five girls (my dad has always been very outnumbered), one does develop a true love for dress up, nail polish, ballet, Vogue, arts and crafts, and 1950s movies- all which have influenced my effeminate style. I was a ballerina for 16 years and I have always looked to Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly’s feminine elegance for inspiration. I envy the sophistication of women’s clothing during this period. My personal style draws heavily from ballet-inspired fashion. I cannot live without my Repetto ballet flats; I prefer wearing stockings over jeans any day; I keep my accessories to a minimum; I knot my hair in a low bun by the end of the day; and I gravitate towards neutral colors.

Although I have always looked to Vogue, W, and Elle to satisfy my craving for the latest trends, I now depend on the growing collection of fashion bloggers for style coverage as well. I am so excited to become a part of this community at my favorite fashion blog, CollegeFashionista!

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