Hello my fellow fashion lovers! My name is Mariella Perez and I am a third year student at San Jose State University. I am currently in the Design program working towards a BFA in Graphic Design. I am strongly passionate when it comes to art, music and fashion. This is my first time writing for CollegeFashionista and I am extremely excited to share the various styles that can be found on my campus!
I found a love for fashion at an early age. As a young girl, I enjoyed playing dress up and constantly rummaged through my mom’s closet. From kindergarten to eighth grade, I attended a private school where uniforms were mandatory. Despite the uniforms, I found different ways to maintain my style. I would pair my plaid skirts with Converse sneakers and faux fur hooded parkas on colder days. On special days, we could wear an outfit of our choice and I always made the most of that opportunity. In middle school, my aunt taught me how to sew and my mom bought me some knitting needles. I became obsessed with DIY fashion, which led me to cutting up and sewing old T-shirts and knitting my own infinity scarves (both of which I still enjoy doing). I then attended a public high school, which allowed me to explore my style a lot more.
Today, I find a lot of my fashion inspiration in the world around me. Thanks to social media, I like to keep up with popular fashion bloggers. I am also inspired by people like Alexa Chung, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Kelly Osborne and Iggy Azalea. Furthermore, working in retail allows me to see many of the latest trends. Fashion is one of my favorite creative outlets and I tend to change my look from edgy to girly depending on how I’m feeling that day. I am currently obsessed with my American Apparel riding pants that pretty much go with anything and everything. I also love crop tops, especially cropped sweaters, which allow you to rock your high-waisted shorts from summer on cooler days.
I am truly grateful for this opportunity and I cannot wait to capture the stylish folks at my school and share them with you every Wednesday for FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT!