Orson Welles once said, “Style is knowing who you are.” Through fashion and style, I believe people can express who they truly are. Whether through the wash of jeans or the height of a heel, the choices we make every day as we get dressed in the morning reflect who we are inside– our likes, dislikes and even our deepest desires. But, to dress well is to know that person inside. Style does not depend on the latest trending clothing or the accessories you own, but rather on who you are and what you want to the world to see you as.
My name is Victoria Tse and I am a sophomore at the George Washington University. I am currently pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Economics. I spent my summer in my hometown of Palo Alto, California basking in the sunlight and learning everything I could about law at a nearby firm. Yet I found myself drawn not to the cases stacked on my desk, but rather to the fashion around me.
I have loved fashion since I was a little girl. I would sit outside and people watch, noting what I liked and what worked for my personal style. As I traveled around the world with my parents to exotic and unknown places, I breathed in each country and cities’ own unique style and incorporated some part of the other cultures into the way I dressed. From each experience I added to my style to make it reflect who I am and where I have been.
I have learned that my style changes constantly based on where I am and what I see. While living in the capital of the United States, Washington D.C., I have witnessed an array of fashion choices, both good and bad. Having grown up in the heart of Silicon Valley, I often find myself startled by the seemingly overdressed East Coast population. The plethora of statement necklaces and dark crimson lips out for morning coffee consistently astounds me. But while I certainly do not belong amongst the eclectic and always posh style of the East, I cannot claim to embody the same laid-back nature of my fellow West Coasters. Instead, I have taken it upon myself to take a little of the East and mix it with the unique fusion of cultures that I call my style.
Who we are has everything to do with what we wear, and I hope to chronicle how Fashionistas/os at GWU use what they wear to show who they are, where they have been and even where they are going. Much like in my own closet, I believe behind every skirt and every T-shirt lives a story. I hope to bestow these vignettes upon my readers as lessons in learning who we are through what we wear in my FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT posts every Wednesday.