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.