This Fashionista may be soft-spoken, but her style most definitely is not. Amanda’s killer blue-jean jacket, printed spandex leggings and long hair beneath a warm black beanie fit right in with her relaxed, day-dreamy persona. I had an hour-long chat with this Fashionista about her artsy style, only to learn that the person wearing it was very cultured herself.
Name: Amanda Poole
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Amanda Poole: My shoes are fake Timberland’s from PacSun. My Aztec print leggings and denim jacket with random patches are from Forever 21. This plain black sweater is from the thrift store. I always wear these rings and black chipped nail polish. I like them when they’re chipped. I don’t know why, but it’s a part of me.
CF: Has your major has influenced your style?
AP: Sociology is the study of society and how people carry themselves and react to other people. I dress to stick out. I like people who aren’t scared of how they come off through clothing. It’s a big part of who you are. Especially around here, I really like how it’s easy to stand out. Some people say that I dress intimidating, and I’m like, “Why?!” I switch it up. I like the whole edgy grunge thing, but I also like being girly. I shop at thrift stores a lot, and I’ve never been into designer brands. I can definitely appreciate them, but I don’t need a tag to tell me what I like, or what’s in. I know what I like, and it doesn’t matter what brand it is.
CF: What do you think of the recent controversy behind Native American-inspired clothing?
AP: There are certain exotic traditions, like wearing bindis. I love those. I wear them. I understand where the opposition is coming from, but fashion is so diverse that I don’t think people are doing it to offend. They’re just appreciating the beauty of those cultures.
CF: Do you have a method when you get dressed?
AP: I have a huge pile of clean clothes on my floor. My closet is pretty big, but it’s full of clothes, too. I’ll kind of dig around in the pile and pick out pants or leggings, whichever I find first. And for school I like wearing my big grandma sweaters from thrift stores. I wear my parents’ old clothes, like these three T-shirts from their honeymoon in the Bahamas. I’ve worn those for years. Those are the ones that will stick with me. They’re sentimental. That’s also why I like shopping in thrift stores. It’s so much more rewarding when you find something you like that’s one-of-a-kind. There’s a history behind it, like I wonder who had it before. A lot of people think thrifting is gross, but it’s not weird to me.
How To: Take this Fashionista’s advice: don’t hold back. Invest in statement pieces, like printed bell bottoms and vegan leather jackets, and build upon those to create spectacular outfits. Don’t be afraid to mix ripped up denim and girly lace with a bold pattern. Wear what makes you happy, whether it’s for sentimental reasons or simply just because.