"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live." -Gianni Versace
Please forgive me for the cheesy quote! However, there is a lot of truth in it if you choose to see the message behind the words. I am, too, guilty of obsessing over trends sometimes or thinking I need to copy some famous person's style to feel good about myself.
In High School, I was that girl who dressed herself straight outta thrift shops and was completely okay with that. I liked the idea of looking like myself and not wearing the same clothes as every other girl in school. I remember getting into trouble at school for wearing ripped jeans with a bright red skirt over it and some vans. My teachers thought I was so strange and they would call my mom and describe to her the things I wore to school. I would always say, "in my defense, Mom, some girls wear mini skirts with fishnet hoes and heels". And so it went..
When I moved to the US of A, I started college at a very conservative Bible College back in Tennessee. Our dress code was skirts and dresses that have to cover the knees, dress pants allowed only when it's severely cold outside, no jeans, no spaghetti straps. Boy, did I get in trouble for some of my outfits to class! Those were not the most exciting years of my life as far as style and fashion. I felt like all of my decisions were made for me in choosing clothing and people were so quick to judge and make note of something that I wore that didn't go with their standards.
That is why when I transferred to CU, I dressed up for class EVERY SINGLE DAY, even on days when I had an 8am class. I felt to happy to be free in my choices and wear the things that made me feel good on the inside that I would take on every opportunity to dress up.
The reason I am sharing this with you is because I hope that everyone can feel free in whatever they choose to wear. I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, but at the same time stay true to yourself. I know that clothes don't make you a better person, but they can help boost your confidence or light up your spirits. Trust me on this one.
I am sending you all big hugs and kisses!
LOVE AND STUFF,
PHOTO CRED: PEDRO VIANNA