My usual get-to-know-me introductions start off with “Hi, I’m Alinnette. I like fashion.” Truth is, I am a completely fashion-obsessed gal with a love for everything vintage; silky printed scarves, seam pantyhose, poufy silhouettes, intricate detailing—it’s all the curious, little things I’m attracted to and often daydream about. Living in Florida, it’s not too difficult to find those tucked away shops that carry fashion’s history through wrinkled hand-me-downs and of course, that distinct, lingering smell the clothes are engrained with. Those hidden treasures make me realize how wonderful fashion is to unite decades of people, each uniquely different.
As I go onto my third semester with CollegeFashionista, my appreciation for fashion diversity grows. I am surrounded by people who are truly passionate about their interests. As a Marketing and Studio Art student, I come across all types of individuals from the conservative to the creative, allowing me to get a great variation in personal style. Personally, I’ve always been the reserved yet imaginative type, usually allowing my clothing to speak for myself. You know that saying, “You are what you eat?” I firmly believe I am what I wear. The great thing is you can change your style as often as you’d like—and that’s when clothing changes you as a person.
My personal style reflects those changes as an extension of my personality. As much as I’d like to wear fancy coats and 1940s turbans all the time, the heat in sunny central Florida forces Fashionistas like me to think out of the box. Just how creative can one’s wardrobe get when you feel like you should be wearing a bathing suit 24/7? It’s my mission to reveal UCF Fashionistas through my STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK column and show that there’s more to Florida than shorts and flip-flops (I actually don’t own a pair of flip-flops. It’s possible everyone). Bring on the sunshine and the fashion!