If someone had told me a few years ago that at this point in my life I would be studying fashion merchandising at Kent I would have laughed in his or her face. Coming from a small rural town, my fashion sense was suppressed by the norm to wear Buckeye High School sweatpants, knock-off UGG boots and a North Face jacket. A typical day of “dressing up” for a female student was curling her hair, wearing flared jeans and a hoodie and slapping on a pair of heels from Payless. I was stuck in fashion hell, wanting to wear the outfits I saw in different magazines and on the racks at the mall but was too self-conscious in my adolescence to actually do anything about it.
This trend changed my sophomore year of high school when my local dance studio opened a dancewear boutique. I worked a few days a week between ballet classes and competition practice, helping the owner put together displays, dressing the windows, buying merchandise and assisting the customers. I soon fell in love with everything about working in retail, especially making the customers satisfied with their purchase when they left the store. Their confidence in me to put together outfits for them in turn gave me the confidence to break beyond the BHS dress code and led me to where I am now, a sophomore merchandising major writing for the Fashion Blitz Blog.
As a dancer, I was always taught to dress in a way that flatters my body, and I try to emulate that in every outfit I wear, as well as those I advise for others. I prefer simple, classic pieces with touches of femininity and loading up on accessories. I never leave the house without at least a chunky cocktail ring, earrings and a watch. I am a firm believer in statement pieces and the notion that there is such a thing as being too trendy.
I look forward to an exciting year of writing for the Blitz readers. You will soon find that I enjoy writing about ideas that encompass fashion, rather than giving a summary of a piece that won’t be relevant in the next season. Quality pieces, smart shopping and the pursuit of an individual fashion sense drives my passion for writing for this blog, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!