Hey Guys! My name is Jes and I’m a junior English major and student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame. I’m extremely excited to be working with CollegeFashionista this semester!
I think my love for fashion began to develop at a very young age. I am six feet tall and have always been well above the average height. For a long time I felt very insecure about standing out. I was always taller than everyone in the room, and I hated being so different from my family and friends. I prayed that a miracle would shrink me down and did everything in my power to aid in that process.
When I hit my early teenage years however, all of that changed. I took a good look at myself and realized that I was a square peg trying to jam myself into a round hole. Moreover – I could be a pretty fabulous square peg, if I stopped trying to fit into what was normal when I was meant to stand out in a positive way! I scrapped the tall girl slump, found myself some fabulous heels and began wearing clothing that truly defined me.
Today, my wardrobe is comprised of a diverse spread of pieces from thrift stores to Topshop, and from everyday to avant-garde. I own and love my six-foot frame and looking back, I can’t believe that I was living any other way. Every now and then I hear the occasional naysayer tell me that attempting to rock a certain look wont work out. My response is to ask myself the following: Do I like the piece? Do I want to wear it? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then I approach the challenge with enthusiasm. I find that the result is rarely negative, and it even occasionally gains me some admirers.
It was through standing out that I realized that fashion is really about having confidence in yourself. If you have the confidence to rock a look, regardless of what others think, then you’ll be able to rock almost anything and people will admire that. I’m excited to find people on campus that exude this sort of confidence, and share them with fans of CollegeFashionista! Go Irish!