To this day I can still recall every “first day of school” outfit I have ever worn since the 5th grade. I hold bittersweet memories of my many styles over the years — the sassy pre-teen graphic tees at the start of the millennium, the troubling middle school phase of hair ribbons and short jean skirts, the era of Converse sneakers and skinny jeans when I wished I was a child musical prodigy in the movie School of Rock and my elated choir girl stage of flowy skirts and cardigans. Little did I know that my series of fashion choices represented my evolving into an individual. Meanwhile, I have learned that a sense of fashion is more than dressing to impress others, but more importantly, it is dressing to impress oneself.
No matter the fleeting fashion trends of the past, I have found that one thing has stayed the same — the times when I am dressing my best are the times that I am most happy. Well, I guess can never actually know if I feel happy because I am dressing well or dressing well because I feel happy, but either way, I know that anytime I find myself throwing on yoga pants and a sweatshirt every single day, chances are I am not a happy camper. I have come to realize that it is vital to dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself to the point at which it becomes a habit, like eating healthy or going to the gym. Something as little as smiling at yourself and admiring your fabulous ensemble in the mirror can lead to a positive and productive day, which can then impact your life as a whole. This goes to show how powerful fashion is in the sense that it not only reflects your personality, but it reveals your mood, how your perceive yourself and your attitude towards life.
I am so thrilled to become a part of the CollegeFashionista team this semester as I continue my Junior year at the University of Missouri. I am already dreaming up my “first day of class” outfit, which will probably consist of a cozy sweater, a chunky scarf, leggings, my new Frye riding boots (which I am obsessed with) and if we’re being realistic, I probably won’t make it as far as putting on makeup. Okay, so it’s not red carpet material, but who am I kidding, this is college. Since this will take place at 8am on the first day of the semester, I would actually consider that to be making a decent effort towards my appearance. While I hope to rekindle my love for fashion during this StyleGuru experience, I want to remind myself and others that fashion is an art; it has the power to influence others around us. In the words of Dewey Finn, “One great rock show can change the world,” or as I would put it, “One great outfit can change the world.”