I’d love to express my excitement to be back again as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista representing Spelman College. I am a twenty year old, third year student from Paris, Texas. I attend the illustrious Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Every proud woman of Spelman calls herself a Spelmanite, which I gladly tell everyone I am.
Today my style is the best it has ever been, and it gets better everyday that I live. My style will progress because I will gain more useful knowledge about fashion and my style as life (and fashion classes) goes on. My style will continue to change with the times, because it must. I have learned that when you look good; you feel good. My style has the staple base colors of black and silver. I am now incorporating more gold and brown. A piece that I will always be found wearing is great jewelry. I have ceased wearing jeans and have attempted wearing more trousers, skirts and dresses, as well as head wraps to add sophistication. I am currently into thrifting, altering and making some of my clothes. I have become increasingly creative with my college budget. This can be viewed on my personal fashion blog and portfolio of style to the world.
Style has been used in the past and will be in the future as cultural and political statements and vehicles of communication of meaningful symbols. The wearer uses their style for a tool of power. Dress and style is used as a source of social capital. One question I seek to answer this year is: “are the clothes a reflection of society or is society a reflection of the clothes?”
There are many reasons why I love fashion: Fashion is an art form. Style is a presentation of the self to the world, in the form of outward appearance involving clothes, jewelry, accessories, make-up hair and tattoos. It can never be set in stone. Fashion is an open system of communication, leaving room for change and evolution every waking second (just like language and music). My personal style has immensely evolved over the years within this free flowing system. My style is fluid and variant. I have gone through so many phases of style through my life, and now I’m really coming into my own along with everyone else in college. I notice that everyone’s aesthetic from high school has matured very satisfactorily helping me to appreciate lots of diverse styles.
Fashion is like the words of language and style is the poetry of clothing. My style exposes intricate issues of my self-identity. The desired result from viewers is to make it visually impossible for the wearer (me) to go unnoticed or the viewer to be unresponsive – a reaction is demanded. Everyday is a chance to create an artwork. The body is a canvas on which you paint on everyday with your style.