Fashion has been a major part of my life since I can remember. Nearly every day of my childhood was spent playing dress up with my older sister. We would drape ourselves in my mother’s '70s dresses and strap on her gold disco heels. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to wear glamorous pieces like the ones in my costume closet.
While growing up in a small town in South Carolina, I had a hard time expressing myself through fashion outside of my bedroom. I was so passionate about it, but I was afraid to let my personal style show. Towards the end of high school, I finally started to figure out who I was. Slowly but surely I began dressing the way that I wanted instead of copying my classmates. I stopped shopping at the mall and starting scouring the thrift store racks for unique pieces that would help me express my individuality. This newfound love for recycled clothing really brought out my artistic side and allowed me to use thrifting as a creative outlet.
I can definitely say that my friends are some of my biggest style icons. When I started college at Belmont University, I discovered that Nashville’s underground music scene, sometimes referred to as “Nashville’s Dead,” is full of amazingly fashionable people who all have their own senses of style. Everyone has his or her own variation of '80s new wave mixed with '90s grunge. It’s interesting to me how the music people listen to can influence the way that they dress so dramatically.
When getting dressed in the morning, I always put on a dress or a skirt. You can ask my friends — none of them have ever seen me in pants. Even though most of my wardrobe comes from thrift stores, I occasionally shop at a designer warehouse outlet in Nashville that I have adopted many pairs of shoes from including some killer Dries Van Noten's and some gorgeous black patent Givenchy's. I am a grunge girl at heart but don’t be deceived — I know my way around the fashion biz.
I am so excited to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista this summer and I can’t wait to share Belmont University’s Fashionistas/os with the readers!