10 Questions for a...CAL Student Blogger

Since its inception, blogging has taken on the fashion world by storm. Offering anyone and everyone the ability to share their thoughts allows for some serious creativity to emerge. This month, the BARE blog will be sharing some of the talented fashion blogs that are being produced by our very own CAL students!

Brittany Curran, a BARE blogger and third year Economics major, runs Berkeley street-style fashion blog, Work It Berk. Highlighting students all around campus, Brittany shows us all that is Berkeley through the eyes of an LA native.

1.What inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve been reading fashion blogs (or blogs, in general) for years. So I guess I just woke up one day and said, “Why don’t I just start one of my own?” And “Work It, Berk” was born.

2.Berkeley is not usually synonomous with fashion. Have you noticed any trends or styles that are Berkeley specific?
Well, I’m not sure if these are actually Berkeley-specific, but flip-flops and gladiators are everywhere. Lately, I’ve seen more leather boots and even the occasional heel. For actual outfits, there’s the classic plaid shirt, jeans, and a hoodie get-up as well as the high-waisted skirt and tucked-in top combo. Tights are big, too.

3.How has living in Berkeley changed your personal style?
Um, I’m not sure if living in Berkeley has actually changed my own style. I’ll always be a prep at heart. I think my style has just matured on its own. I’ve started to wear more solids and classic pieces as opposed to more trendy ones, for example.

4.The most important thing in a girl’s closet is:
White Hanes v-necks. They come in packs of three or five and they’re cheap. They are the perfect base for any casual outfit. (I know I should say something better, like a good pair of jeans.) My friends and I live in them. It’s almost contagious.

5.Favorite item in your closet:
This is a tough one. I’d say it’s a tie between my dad’s old red plaid button-down, skinny black pants from H&M, and my hounds-tooth blazer from Forever 21.

6.Work It Berk is a street-style blog. How do you decide who to approach?
I look for something unique and well put together. That said, I’m pretty picky. I try to avoid trendy styles. What I really love is genuine personal style. This is what fashion is about: knowing what to wear, how to wear it, and loving every moment you’re in it. Also, a great outfit can be ruined by throwing on a pair of ratty flip-flops.

7.Around campus, where are you most likely to be found?
Where there are a lot of people, like Sproul, between Dwinelle and Wheeler, even near Haas or VLSB.

8.If you weren’t blogging, how else would you spend your time?
Reading fashion blogs! Writing for the BARE blog! Um, I guess I could learn to cook. I kind of want to learn how to play those Korean drums on Sproul. They’re amazing!

9.Three things you can’t live without?
Ice cream, v-necks, and skinny jeans.

10.Something we don’t know about you but should:
I want to take yo picture! More seriously, I actually hate shopping. I think if you have a few good pieces and you know how to wear them, you’re set.

A diverse range of styles discovered by Work it, Berk

Check out Brittany’s Work it, Berk and stay tuned for more student bloggers!

Gina Harris
BARE Reporter


  1. Hi! I just discovered your blog and it is amazing! I am a CAL student and was wondering how you could get involved with BARE. My email is heesunlee@berkeley.edu and if you could get back to me I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

  2. Gina, I love it! You're a great interviewer. I can't wait to read the rest of the Cal blogger series.

  3. I love this!! I feel really ditzy saying this, but I can't believe the "I actually hate shopping answer" even though the reasoning makes a lot of sense. I totally want to see Work It, Berk become as much a part of Berkeley as... protests, or something. Keep it up, Brittany!

  4. Hi,
    love your blog can't wait to read more good work


  5. Such a fun read! Keep these coming!

  6. Thanks, all! You're all so sweet!