My name is Bryn Taubensee and I’m a super senior studying Sculpture and Fashion Design at Indiana University. Well, I was planning on graduating a few months ago, but I took a last minute fashion design class last fall… and realized how much I love fashion! So now I have two majors and a lot more credits to take. But it’s not so bad. I love school and I’ve lived in Bloomington my whole life, so I can stand to stick around just a little longer.
Indiana has a rep for being boring (and quite un-fashion forward), but I’m glad I was raised here. Amongst the corn and soybeans, you can find some real gems. Particularly in Bloomington, where you’ll find an interesting mix of people and lifestyles. You’ll find Fashionistas and Fashionistos adopting the newest trends, as well as older Hoosiers who are stuck in the ’80s but who are equally inspirational in their own way. I love the things that you can find in the thrift stores around here. Among discarded college clothes, there is an abundance of good ol’ Americana: NASCAR T-shirts, mom jeans, Mickey Mouse sweatshirts, hunters’ clothing… and then there’s just a lot of weird vintage stuff that most people don’t really want.
Those weird things have always been my favorites. I’ve been collecting unusual clothing ever since I was a kid, dragged along to yard sales and Goodwills by my thrift-a-holic mom. I was fascinated by fashions from former eras, and how by wearing them, I could almost transform myself into another person. And I’m still fascinated by what clothing can imply and communicate, how it can transform the way you look and how it can affect the way you’re perceived. I still play dress-up, to an extent. I embrace all kinds of clothing and like to borrow styles from various eras and subcultures. One day I can be “seapunk witch goes to the beach,” the next, a minimalist and on the following, a grunge girl.
Most of all, I just love to make the weird things work. The vintage football jersey I’m wearing in my bio, for example, is somewhat out of the norm. But paired with a basic black skater skirt, a black vintage purse and patent leather boots, it becomes something else. It becomes interesting rather than strange, more feminine, and almost minimal. Thank the fashion gods for black! Oh yeah, then there’s my light seafoam green hair, which I love but can be tough to pull off. But if you wear it with confidence… at least you’ll feel good about it, even if no one else does!
Alright, that’s enough about me. Now I’m looking forward to meeting all you lovely young Fashionistos! As one of the LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS Style Gurus, I only hunt for style. Now show me what you got!