Oyinade Koyi, 23, stepped a bit out of her comfort zone of neutral colors so she could fit the carnival/circus theme of MentorZing, which benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake and its efforts to mentor vulnerable children in the state. "I knew that for the event, they wanted something festive, and this is the only pair of pants I have that scream out," said the Glen Burnie resident. "I've just gotten into bright colors. In the past I didn't, but as you get older, you get more confident in your style." Making an effort to broaden her own perspective goes beyond just her style. That's also why the Georgetown University public relations graduate student is serving her second service term as an AmeriCorps member, working as the outreach coordinator for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. "I'm passionate about helping others. I'm a millennial, and you know what they're always saying about millennials; we're always looking for things with purpose," she said. "I want to know whatever job I'm doing, it's actually going to help somebody." HER STYLE: "Urban chic. I like my colors to match the city." HER ENSEMBLE: Forever 21 white cami, antiqued silver floral necklace and natural faux suede platform sandals with coral soles. Say What salmon cardigan and Steve Madden tobacco-colored bag from Marshalls tucked into multi-color Truth tie-dye print palazzo pants. Green stained wood disc earrings ("My mom makes jewelry and I raid her stuff all the time.") Casio rose gold "Old School" watch from asos.com. Raven glasses from America's Best. HER USUAL LOOK: "Normally, I'm wearing skinny dress pants with some type of top and a blazer or cardigan. I like layers. And I'm attracted to men's style, too, because I like the lines and the structure." HER STYLE ICON: "I love the way Taylor Swift dresses just because it's just casual/cute." HER FASHION/SHOPPING STRATEGY: "I get my style inspiration online. I follow different people on Tumblr, asos.com, and look at what various celebrities wear to events. Then I go into Marshalls, Forever 21, and TJ Maxx to see if I can find a cheaper version."
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