1. What inspires your fashion style?
Throughout my high school career, I never really understood how important it was to define a way of dress that would set me apart from others. Upon coming to college, around my junior year, I decided that I needed a major wardrobe change. I slowly started morphing my way of dress from “safe” and “comfortable” to something bold, polished, and unique. I used to be a person that liked to blend in with the background – I was a wallflower. By changing and revamping my fashion style, I was able to break out of my shell bit by bit, and grow confident in my body. An example of this was my decision to wear a pantsuit instead of a dress to a formal event. The outfit itself was influenced by musical artist, Lorde, whom I’ve discovered as one of my biggest fashion icons. She stands out with her obscure and unique style, which is exactly what I love doing with my own fashion style. I take fashion inspiration from celebrities such as Lorde, Harry Styles, Kerry Washington, Kylie Jenner, and Gillian Anderson as “Stella Gibson”, and mash them together, creating my own style.
2. Have you always been into fashion?
As I mentioned prior, I was fashionably inept in high school. I had no idea what it meant to develop a unique sense of style that made me stand out. I don’t consider truly getting into fashion until the end of 2014, which is around the time I started eating healthier and losing a lot of weight. With a seemingly new body, I wanted to start wearing clothes that didn’t hide who I was. This was the start of looking into what works with my body shape, and how I can stand out from the “college” fashion around me. I ditched the Sperrys, and bought a pair of Doc Martens. I refrained from buying a puffy vest. Not because they weren’t fashionable, but rather, everyone wore them and I didn’t want to blend in anymore.
3. Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Yves Saint Laurent and François Nars (in regards to cosmetics). I love the bold and pattern-esque style of Yves Saint Laurent.
4. What is your favorite place to shop and why?
In terms of post-graduate budget, I am a big fan of H&M. On special occasions, I love to shop at Urban Outfitters, Free People, TopShop, and the department store, Nordstrom.
5. What is your favorite fashion trend for this spring/summer 2015?
I am really enjoying the black/white fashion trend. I’ve always been a lover of both colors, as they are crisp and give that modernized dress feel. I also like the kimono jacket/cardigan trend, as well as the return of colored pants (but not on a neon scale).
6. Would you rather wear the all white fashion trend of all black fashion trend and why?
This is a difficult question for me because I love both colors and concepts. If I were given the option to choose between an all-white pant suit or an all-black pant suit, I would wear the all-white. Not because I don’t like the idea of all-black, but because I’ve never worn an all-white pant suit, which works well with my “bold” and “different” vow to fashion. I’ve already worn an all-black outfit, so now it is time I try the all-white.
7. What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is an extension of who a person is. I’ve always regarded myself as different in many aspects, but I desperately felt as if my fashion sense did not mirror my thoughts. I thought of myself as unique, but I blended in with the crowd. If you want to really identify who you are, I believe that everyone must have their own sense of style. It is important to draw inspiration from elsewhere, but be sure to pick and pull from other fashion outlets. You want to mirror the trends, but you also want to put your own twist on it to keep from blending in with others.