Ringing in the New Year holds several meanings for many different people. While for some people it may mean new outlooks on life with endless possibilities, others including myself may think new style, new trends, and a new wardrobe. A whole new year to explore […]
First of all, happy New Year, 2015 is a great year to be passionate. Everyone likes to begin the year with new resolutions, new looks, and maybe even a fresh way to recover from a new year’s party hangover. Most people decide to start the year with a very jubilant outlook of change and opportunity, but sometimes that also requires, not only an alteration of attitude, an amendment of one’s wardrobe. I would respectfully assert that all fashion is directly linked to one thing, one way or another: passion. What are you passionate about? Because whether it’s obvious to you or not it’s going to be reflected in the way you follow or don’t follow fashion trends, or perhaps you have your own fashion that you like to follow.
You dress according to the way you think, for example: You want that awesome job? You are most likely to dress sharp and smart like someone who is ready to be the boss or ready for any challenge. You are in love or like people to admire you? If you are a girl, most likely, you will dress seductively, with heels, a short skirt, be well groomed, and wear makeup; if you are a guy, you will bathe more often and brush your hair and teeth…well I am kidding, same as with the girl, but probably without the heels, skirt, and make up, which will probably equal brushed hair and teeth and a nice shirt.
I am currently an animation major at Savannah College of Art and Design, and my fellow students are a fine example of passion being reflected through clothing, for example: the students that are in the animation department wear shirts depicting Captain America, Sailor moon, Attack on Titan etc; whereas, the game design majors wear legend of Zelda, Smite, Destiny etc. Moreover, the fashion majors wear the trendiest articles or perhaps creations of their own. Then the architect majors appear sharp and clean cut, perhaps a direct result of how they want to mirror their hard work and self.
Fashion is definitely beyond what a magazine or the media depicts. The bottom line is it’s simply about what are you trying to say about yourself and show others. If your passion is to be a chill individual, you probably own a pair of sandals that you never leave home without; if you are passionate about sports, you’ve done your research and purchased your favorite athlete’s replica jersey and probably own his/her endorsed brand of sneakers. Well, I am sure you totally get what I am trying to say, by now. So, don’t allow others to dictate your wardrobe choices based on their likes or dislikes, show your heart, your ardor for life, and express it, not only in your attitude, but also through your attire. There is a raging spirit within us all, we are all unique individuals. Do not be afraid in 2015 to show this passion, allow the fire of your uniqueness to glow: inside and out.
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As a college student with a love for runway fashion and a college budget, is it possible to dress like the fashionista you are?
The answer is yes! In fact, my biggest piece of fashion advice would be to hold on to magazine cut outs and pictures of your favorite fashion inspirations. The good news is that there are ways to find the looks you love for less! Inspiration can be found everywhere and it is possible to buy items that do not have a couture price.
Tapping into your local resources such as boutiques and places like consignment shops contain great pieces fashioned for your wardrobe.
Visions for my desired style looks are found in Look Books, fashion pages found on Instagram, and Fashion Blogs. Personally, creating my own outfit grid by combining fashion inspirations I see in various places is an exciting challenge of recreating a look that cost less than an off the runway price. Even though I enjoy finding fashionable items for less, I still like and desire high quality. If I cannot find a certain item, I save up for that designer or high-end item.
Being a fashionista does not mean that everything in your closet has to be designer or straight from the runway. In fact, mixing and matching items from different stores and places adds a personal touch to your own style. The art of having your own personal style is putting together a desired look that you want to wear from your closet. My advice on putting together outfits is to do it leisurely the night before so that way you do not have to rush in the morning. It already takes long enough to do your hair and makeup, so choosing your outfit may add some stress on top of your early morning routine. One way to make it easier to choose which articles of clothing that you would like to put together is to use a clothing racks (such as a H- rack or a T-rack) in your room rather than putting your clothes in drawers. I say this especially since I feel more organized when I can see the majority of my clothes, not including pants and undergarments since they are better kept in a dresser. However, I find it easier to organize my t-shirts, blouses, and dresses when it is visible on the clothing rack and then easier to choose the items for a specific outfit.
My last piece of fashion advice would be to embrace your style and to be proud of who you are! Without your own personality, an outfit is not the same. In fact, do not be afraid to be creative when putting together an outfit and have fun with accessories. To get a visual of a chic yet casual outfit that can be found in magazines such as Teen Vogue, a winter look that I have put together and replicated includes: a loose fitting white cable knit sweater from Forever 21 ($22.00), Joe’s brand black skinny jegging found at Nordstrom Rack ($30.00), a pack of gold colored wrist bangles from Urban Outfitters ($15), Taupe colored suede short boots found from Amazon.com which is the more affordable and identical version of the Sam Edelman Petty boot ($26), and a black felt floppy hat from Nordstrom ($28). Again, have fun with your style and remember there are many resources out there for style inspiration!
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First impressions are everything. If you don’t believe that, you are in need of a wake-up call – sorry. Contrary to popular belief, an investment in your professional wardrobe can cheap. As a senior in college, I learned that it is never too late to start behaving and dressing like a professional. Now that doesn’t mean you have come to class in a suit; however, a clean and neat appearance goes a long way and leaves an positive impression. The first lesson of dressing professionally is time management – strange, huh? Let me explain what I mean.
Tip #1: Time Management
For me, I value my sleep; however, I value my reputation more. A well-dressed individual is respected and trusted more than a sloppy individual. Here is where time management comes into play. You should allocate a maximum of 30 minutes to an hour before class to leave time for personal maintenance. To save even more time, you should pick out your outfit the night before – a flashback to elementary school. Use your time wisely and efficiently so that the end result is clean and presentable. On a side note: time management is a key trait to have when entering the professional world, so you are learning an important skill while dressing nicely! As a girl who is obsessed with fashion and style, I tend to lean toward trendier pieces, but my style preference is not for everyone, which leads to my second tip – trendy vs. professional attire.
Tip #2: Trendy vs. Professional Attire
Unless you have dreams of working in the fashion industry, a trendy wardrobe is not a requirement of a professional. You must develop your own personal style, however. Wear things that make you feel comfortable, and do not try to imitate someone else’s style. It is beneficial to find a style crush to guide your style development, for example – my style crush is Olivia Pope from Scandal. I can’t afford Olivia’s wardrobe, but I do incorporate the classic lines and feminine silhouettes of her outfits into my professional and everyday wardrobe. You only need a few well constructed pieces to start your professional wardrobe. Okay, brace yourselves for my third tip – classical pieces never go out of style.
Tip #3: Classical Pieces Never Go out of Style
For women, a little black dress is a classic, invest in one. There will be times during your college career where you will have to attend an event. Whether it is a networking event or an induction ceremony, you are going to have to dress professionally and classy. Find a black dress that flatters your shape and shows a minimal amount of skin – legs and chest areas to be specific, ladies. For men and women, a well constructed blazer is essential to a professional wardrobe. The key here is to make sure that the blazer fits well – nothing is worse than an ill fitted blazer, yikes! You should choose a black or grey blazer, and please stay away from pinstripe patterns – on second thought, stay away from all kinds of patterns for your basic blazer. Lastly, invest in quality shoes. For women, a classic black closed toed pump is the finishing touch to a professional outfit. If you are unable walk in heels, please learn how to walk in heels or invest in a smaller heel. Regardless, heels are a necessity. For men, a nice leather black dress shoe is a necessity. It is important to choose a shoe that fits well, and you must shine them before every use to maintain your look –scuffs are not attractive, my friend. Each and every piece I mentioned does not have to be a designer piece that is attached to a jaw dropping price tag. This leads to my fourth and final tip – shop like a student
Tip #4: Shop like a Student
As for me, I am on a limited budget – student loans, my fellow students. So, we have to shop with purpose and be mindful of how much we spend. Side note: here is your chance to start practicing good financial habits that can be carried over into your post-college years. The best times to shop are the months leading up to the retail buying season, which is January and July. Retailers are purchasing new inventory in January and July, so you should get the best deals around mid-December and early July because stores are trying to make room for new inventory. Also, check out fast fashion retailers like Forever21 and Express where you can get discounted clothing for an economical price.
Feel free to reach out to me via Twitter @edithamorris with any questions or comments you may have. In the meantime, happy shopping !
Here’s where I tell you a secret: personal style isn’t some magical algorithm, it’s everything you love, your presentation of yourself to the world through clothing (also, nails, makeup, and hair, but we’ll come back to those…later). So, let’s talk about the person who’s style […]