Each time I journey home to the fashion mecca that is rural, small-town Iowa, I pull out the memory-filled scrapbooks my mom continues to put together each year. Carefully curated and incredibly fashionable outfits – or so I thought – pop up in nearly every goofy picture pasted on the pages. I think back and chuckle at my 7 year-old self thinking, “Wow. I thought I was so dang stylin’.”
I remember always feeling like putting together my outfit would be one of, if not thee, most important things I would do all day. In a way, I still believe that to be true. They say a first impression is the most important, and I’ve always wondered, “What if I run into a future employer today? My boss? A celebrity!?” No way would I want to be seen looking any less than my best. And that is why I’ve continued to hone and curate a closet of looks that represent both today’s trends and my unique personality.
Much of what I wear falls under the category of “streetwear” but can certainly be dressed up or down depending on where I’m headed. This look is what I would call, “Signature Levi.” With the start of the school year right around the corner, I’ve had classes on the brain and this look is perfect for a busy day of work, school, and if I’m lucky, socializing with some of my favorite people. A casual, long-sleeved pocket t-shirt paired with my absolute favorite American Eagle denim shorts make for the perfect casual class attire. But the fun is in the details, and my Adidas gazelle kicks are my new favorite pair of sneakers. With some flashy gold detailing, these shoes call for a similar flashy bracelet – my favorite Topman accessory – to balance out the look. Slap on a pair of classic wayfarer sunglasses, and don the Coach messenger bag, otherwise known as my baby, and the look rivals those of my 7-year-old self.