My name is Tenney Espy and I am currently a junior studying studio art at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. I have taken many different art classes at the college but have mainly focused on drawing and photography. I hope to use my major to expand my skills in fashion design, styling and photography in hopes of building a career in any or all of those fields. Clothes are what make me happy and this is why I would love to be able to admire them and work with them for the rest of my life.
I was born in New York City but moved to Colorado when I was very young. Growing up in Denver, I always felt out of place because I had a sense of style that was seen as different from the rest. I loved standing out from the crowd of Vans and skinny jeans, and this was not always accepted. However, when I moved to Charleston I finally felt like I fit in. People around me have their own sense of style like I do and I love that. I can learn from my peers’ style everyday and expand upon my own without being judged. The shopping in Charleston is also amazing so my wardrobe is always up to date with the latest trends. My favorite stores in Charleston are Urban Outfitters and Hampden because they have clothes that are my particular style.
When I am not in Charleston I spend every summer in NYC and Santa Barbara, so I gain a lot of knowledge from the trends on both sides of the country and can bring them back to Charleston in the fall. Working at Seventeen in New York helped me to learn what clothes work together and the latest trends before they came out in the magazine. I also saw how styling works behind the scenes. It is a lot of work, but it’s totally worth the outcome. The Seventeen closet is a stylist’s dream, with racks and racks of all the newest collections from all the hottest designers. The Seventeen editors encouraged the interns to blog and so I created one and have been blogging about my personal style and the trends I think work ever since. California has a more laid-back, effortless style, and this makes my wardrobe more versatile and different. I mix east and west coast style together to create a whole style of my own.
Fashion has always been a part of who I am and I hope to always keep it that way. Being around designers and clothes has expanded my knowledge of what I love and am passionate about. Something you love is always better when you share it with others and that is why I love sharing my knowledge of fashion with my fellow Fashionistas. The most valuable thing I have learned is that style cannot be bought; it is gained through love and wisdom.