As Coco Chanel once said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress, dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” It is this quote that has helped inform my fashion choices ever since I first heard it. It is a memorable quote and probably one most people have heard before. However, to apply it to one’s daily life is another thing all together. And yet, from the first time I heard it, it changed the way I looked at fashion. I realized that looking nice each and every day shouldn’t be seen as a chore, but rather as an essential part of my daily life. We each want to be remembered for who we are as people, yet when we do not take the time to present ourselves properly each day, then the only thing others will remember is how we looked. Fashion can help us stand out for who we are as people, not for what we look like.
My name is Megan Painter and I’m a junior at High Point University. I’m pursuing a double major in English and Education with the hope of one day being a college professor. However, I have an unending love for fashion, which really blossomed in college. The freedom to express myself without the restrictions of a dress code has really helped me discover my own unique sense of style. I’d say that most days my style is either indie/bohemian or ’90s grunge, sometimes ending up with something that is a mix of both. If something is burgundy or neutral colored, I’m probably halfway in love with it already. My love of these colors really shows in my wardrobe. If I’m not wearing a circle scarf in the cold winter months, then I’m probably rocking one of those iconic ’90s chokers.
Here I’m wearing some of my favorite pieces to achieve a somewhat grungy look. I paired this burgundy long sleeve top with my trusty (vegan) leather leggings. I used the flannel to add a bit of 90s flair to the look, but it can also double as another layer if it gets cold. I topped the look off with my well-worn pair of white converse and I’m ready to go out the door.
I’m really looking forward to having a RAD semester with CollegeFashionista and all you Fashionistas out there reading this!