Hello to all my fellow fashion lovers! My name is Melina Perez, and as a first-time Style Guru, I’m super excited to be a part of the fashion community on CollegeFashionista. I’m a double major in Textiles & Apparel and Business Management at the University of Texas (and will hopefully be taking on a Film minor).
Ever since I was a little girl, I carried around sketch notebooks and filled them with designs I thought up. I would constantly cut little snips of fabric in the hopes of one day learning how to make clothes of my own. Living in New York City at the time, inspiration was all around me. I was inspired by the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang and hoped to one day be capable of making mine and other people’s visions come true with my own hands. I am finally able to take sewing classes at UT this coming semester, so one day soon I’ll be sporting my own pieces on my way to class.
You can usually catch me wearing my favorite trends: flatworms with vintage inspired dresses or pastel co-ords. But since I’m finally officially on summer break, I’m a palazzo pant/sundress/strappy sandal wearing lazy individual who sunbathes on her free time. My favorite seasons are spring/summer, so naturally I wear my favorite styles until the last possible second and dread when autumn rolls around and it’s time to break out the sweaters. Some pieces I’m completely obsessing over are in Valentino’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection. I also have a newfound obsession with novelty bags, especially kate spade’s Garden Party collection—complete with snail, flowerpot and bullfrog shaped clutches. However, if you’re anything like me, you don’t have the funds to drop 300 dollars for a bag, so an alternative that satisfies my need for cute bags is Nila Anthony. My daisy bag has become a pretty big staple in my wardrobe.
In high school, I was the girl everyone knew to always be dressed up. While most were in T-shirt and jeans, it was obvious my floral skirts, lace-collared tops and chiffon dresses weren’t needed, but expressing myself through my clothing has always been important to me, so I didn’t care. I’ve always and will continue to enjoy getting all dolled-up for school. My favorite thing about clothes is that they can make you feel confident in an instant. My best advice is: when you’re feeling down, throw on a dress and some cute shoes; I guarantee you’ll feel loads better when you give the power of a nice outfit on an early morning a chance.
In this next semester, I hope to continue to show you who I am through my outfits and hopefully bring a bit of fashion inspiration to your life when you read my articles. As I get more involved with my sewing, I can’t wait to show you guys what I’m up to and the stuff that’s inspiring me.