A girl who changes up her style more than her hair is an icon. I've known Anna since sophomore year of high school and I can confidently say that she has completely transformed her style. It was a sudden change that an individual doesn't usually go through. Most of us encounter subtle closet shifts, if anything. When I got to know Anna, I realized we had a lot of the same baggage of tragic backstories that only diaries should know about. Such confessions spilled around the time of drastic outfit swaps, so I decided to ask her now, if her clothing meant anything to her, or if it was just a coincidence. She replied with, "When I'm sad, I'll put on an outfit that makes me feel better. I don't have a set style. If I feel hipster, I'll wear mom jeans; if I want to be glam, I'll put on a two piece set. Some days I'll wear flame sweatpants because I'm still feeling good about myself. I don't have to impress anyone. When I had body dysmorphia, I wore baggy things to make myself feel better. I cared way too much about about what people thought about my stomach and thighs, I just wanted to disappear in my clothes. Now that I'm better, I don't give a shit. I've learned to embrace my natural body. If I feel cute, I know I'm cute."
Personally, I love the whole "don't give a shit" concept that's so popular nowadays. Many people sacrifice clothes they like to make their body look better. Teenage girls in particular can relate to body dysmorphia; some of us think we're twinkies, and some of us think we're popsicle sticks. In turn, people wear clothes they don't even like to fit the standards of society they feel compelled to obey. I think it's important to rid the idea of fitting into someone else's likes, and just be yourself. Wearing what one wants to wear will instantly make a person feel better about themselves.
Jordan and I decided to swap places for once. Seeing as she always had a lollipop in her right pocket and three earrings all the time, I was intrigued by her. I've never seen Jordan look over the top with her outfits, yet she still stood out in a crowd. I wanted to know if her simplicity meant anything significant, or if it was a style of life. She responded with, "My clothes reflect my personality. I feel that even when I'm in just a pair of jeans and a tee, I can be who I want to be. I can wear what I want while being happy. My clothes are pretty simple and, that being said, make me happy. I think that sometimes even plain things can create a disticnt look and make not only your clothes stand out, but also your personality. My outfits revolve around comfort and lots of logos. I chose this shirt with pizza on it because pizza is my favorite food and I love the halter top with a pair of shorts because they're easy to slip on".
My spiritual guru since I was 15 just so happen to wear the quirkiest outfits for as long as I can remember. Ashley Smith is about 3 different people molded into one blond teenage girl. I always tease her by saying that I influenced her style just because it irks her, however we have somewhat different ideas of cute looks. Being a risk taker, Ashley wears certain outfits that most people would never consider. Strolling around in R district, I was compelled to ask if her boys' tee and shiny vans were how she expressed herself comfortably. She explained, "I see style as a sort of nonverbal way to showcase certain aspects of yourself to others. Personally, I like to use fashion to highlight my quirks, interests, and sense of humor; I might wear an eclectic blend of prints because I want to feel like a character from 'Absolutely Fabulous' or sport some silver nail polish to pay homage to Andy Warhol."
There's a certain aesthetic of looking like you got only one hour of sleep and Hannah Thompson's entire being perfectly encompasses it. With such a persona, you would think she's a brooding teenager. However, I realized she's one of the sweetest peas out there, and she dresses cute. If I were to label it, I would say a bit indie and a bit grunge. Being apart of clubs like "Girl Up", I had to ask her if her style was a statement, or if it was just "whatever comes from the closet". She responded with, "My style is about empowerment and it allows me to encompass my eccentricity. When I first meet people I can come off as somewhat stand offish, but my style helps me to break through that barrier by showing a small and unique part of my personality without having to out-rightly proclaim it. This outfit specifically makes me feel confident because of its meaningfulness and quirkiness. I always like to wear something that is special to me. For example, the anklet I wear over my right ankle was my moms from when she was a kid and my yellow sandals are from a thrift shop in Portland- one of the best cities I've ever been to".
One of my close friends, and the gal that inspired me to dress however I desire, styles herself like an absolute diva everyday. After a heart to heart one day, the question came up of "how does she always seem so confident and okay?". So I went for it and asked miss Cristen Nicorici how clothes empowered her as a woman and just as an individual. She eloquently responded with, "Clothes are a representation of you, they are something that shows not only what you see externally, but also feel internally. One should wear whatever their heart desires and feel comfortable in it. I think it's important to get up, get dressed, and never give up on each day. Fashion is more than just clothing, it symbolizes empowerment. If I'm confident in what I'm wearing at the start of the day I know I can get through anything. For example these killer gloss boots that I pair up with outfits through every season make me feel like a woman on top. I get some of my ideas and inspirations from Rihanna whether it's her overall style or certain pieces, she's one to watch for the new 'it' looks. With the confidence and power I feel from my outfits, I don't listen to what anyone has to say about me. I am who I am, and I love who I am."
It's understandable if someone thinks clothes are just accessories to make someone look good. On the flip side, a simple swipe of some mascara can give someone the power they need to make it through the day. At such an age where everything is a shit show, the only stability in our lives can be our style and how we dress. If clothes are the only stable thing you have in your life, you can always fake it 'till you make it.
We've all noticed that when we put on certain garments, we tend to feel better about ourselves. Clothes have the hidden ability to boost our confidence during a self doubt session. I don't think I'm the only one that has experienced it either. Everyone has heard the saying, "look good, feel good", and that's all this page is about. I wish to discover how certain outfits can make people feel comfortable in their own skin. While looking hip is what people of all ages want, having healthy self esteem is more important, and those perfect Levi's can be what it takes.