I remember flipping through Harper’s BAZAAR magazine at an early age and wishing I owned all the haute couture clothing. My dear mother would buy my siblings and I clothing from the thrift stores and always told us how we would grow out of them soon. I would hate knowing that I owned used clothing instead of buying them from department stores. My disliking of thrift stores quickly ended in high school when I realized that I could get quality clothing for a few dollars. Thrifting is like a treasure hunt; you have to search through the sand to find the gold. The more I went to thrift, the better I got in finding very good name brand items.
My rule of thumb: first look at the overall look of the item, then the brand and then the size. I have found silk dresses and leather purses that would normally cost over hundreds of dollars, but I snagged them for a few bucks.
I have always been interested in fashion but never considered studying it in college. When it came time to pick a major I resorted to my only interest. I am currently a sophomore studying fashion merchandising and could not be happier about it. One thing that I have noticed is that I can’t follow trends as easily as others. I either like it or I don’t. Some fads are hideous, but people wear them just because it’s considered “fashionable.” Through thrift store shopping I have developed a keen eye in what I like and can quickly decipher clothing that is worth wearing.
I am a first generation American and had the opportunity to study abroad in Slovakia my junior year of high school. There the fashion is very different, and luckily I have adapted some of the trends I saw there. I am very interested in studying abroad again and hope to go to Hong Kong next year. I think that everyone needs to travel overseas to broaden their views as well as their style.
My style fluctuates often, but there are a few items that I will always enjoy. I am in love with leather and fur. I have found so many leather purses and jackets at thrift stores, and they have lasted me to this day. I refuse to buy pleather (sorry PETA). Fur collars are coming back into fashion, and I cannot wait to wear them this winter. Leather bomber jackets are my favorite, but not when they look plastic and over studded.
I have recently become very interested in how clothing fits. I used to wear flowy and over-sized shirts but now resort to tight fitting fabric. Spandex is my best friend, and I believe that everyone should find the right fit in clothing to compliment his or her body shape.
My dream job after I graduate is to be a personal stylist, personal shopper or closet organizer. Hopefully one day I can be all three. There are a lot of jobs in the fashion industry, and I honestly have no idea where I will end up. I am very excited to be a Fashion Blitz blogger this year, and hopefully my posts will be enjoyed just as much as I enjoy writing them.
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