Bob Dylan once said, “I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.” This pop culture icon did not intend for his words to be a guideline for fashion — however, that’s exactly what they have become. Fashion creates the opportunity for us to turn the world upside down, innovate, create and display it on a street-side stage. It is indefinable, always evolving, yet simultaneously remaining unchanged. It gives every person a blank canvas and lets them decide how it should be painted. It throws out all rules and regulations, encouraging edge, mismatching and imperfection. Everyone can come as they are, without prior rules to how they should be.
I’m Brailey, a sophomore at High Point University majoring in Journalism with a minor in Event Planning. I grew up on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, near the banks of the Scioto River. I’m a sucker for crafting, live music and hole-in-the-wall movie theaters. My friends would say I have a split personality. I’m kind of an old soul; I love a nice novel, a rocking chair on the porch and a hot cup of tea on a Sunday morning. However, I’m known to get extremely hyper and demand an adventure — wander around town, get lost, meet new people, discover a beautiful and remote location. I’d have to say my style reflects these sides of me. It combines old styles with new, bold patterns with neutrals and pops of color with discrete elements.
This is my third semester with CollegeFashionista and I will hate the day when I’ll only be a part of the team in spirit. To me, there is nothing better than being a part of such a fashion-forward and inventive group of students. Why? Because fashion is freedom. It is the first form of expression you will encounter when meeting a person. It is a way to show the world who you are without a single word. I can’t wait to highlight some of the students around my campus as I bring you the weekly WHAT TO WEAR column. Namaste, Fashionistas and Fashionistos.