I’m Natalie, a junior History major and Art History minor at Denison University in central Ohio. Some may think that a smaller campus has only so many looks to offer, but everyone experiences life differently, and this is often reflected in what they decide to wear everyday. Students come to this campus from practically everywhere and carry with them a personal legacy that impacts how they dress. Bill Cunningham of The New York Times once described clothing as a person’s armor against the world, and I couldn’t agree more.
Fashion is always changing. I think it’s so fun to invest in a new trend and use it as a guideline from which to make my own look. Trends should never change you but instead should build upon your personal style. I am always experimenting with shapes and colors, even though there are certain things I will always love. Those include the simplicity of blouses and lace and menswear accents like collars, patch pockets and riding-style boots. You’ll also never see me without a large watch, which guaranteed I couldn’t go a day without wearing.
I draw inspiration from fashion blogs, movies and magazine spreads. Back home on Chicago’s North Shore, I make and sell my own jewelry, which has given me a chance to view fashion and accessorizing beyond simply being a choice, but also as a creative process. I love picking through vintage stores and flea markets to find items with character and a story. I am also obsessed with Pinterest, which I believe is a sign of a generation that is constantly looking to learn and be inspired by one another’s stories and styles.
I’m so excited for another semester with College Fashionista. So far it has been an amazing opportunity to talk with students about their wardrobe inspirations and track our campus's trends. See you on Mondays for Style Advice of the Week!