We talked to Carly Heitlinger, the author of fashion blog “The College Prepster,” (www.thecollegeprepster.com) and asked for her advice on how to develop a sense of style in college while staying true to yourself.
Q: What is your blog all about and why did you decide to start it?
A: I grew up in Tampa, Florida and moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown University (www.georgetown.edu) in 2008. I started the blog as a creative outlet after my first semester. It’s evolved over the years, but it’s a mix between my personal life, fashion/style I’m inspired by and ways to live a better life. I created this character (the “College Prepster”) as the person that I wanted to be. My first semester was so awful and difficult and I wasn’t happy at all. The College Prepster was everything I thought I wasn’t. But, I learned that I was her all along…I just had to peel back the layers.
Q: What kind of style advice would you give to students who are about to go to college?
A: I think personal style is just that — personal. You’re going to look the most confident when you’re being 100 percent true to yourself. Bring the clothes that you already love [to college]; you’re not going to reinvent yourself and be happy at the same time. You’re YOU already! If you want to update your style, try incorporating pieces slowly. Definitely [add pieces] one at a time as opposed to going on a big shopping spree.
Q: Do you have any advice on keeping a sense of style on a
A: Invest in classic pieces. It’s actually worth it in the long run to buy something really nice that you’ll wear for years than having to replace it frequently. But, if you’re experimenting with trends, definitely go with a cheaper version (because who cares if it makes it past a year!).
Q: Where do you get your inspiration? How can others find inspiration and their own unique style?
A: I find my inspiration from confident women. Why is she confident, how does she carry herself, how does she define success? Consider this difference: How she dresses, rather than what she wears.