Fashion is something that I am truly passionate about. My personal style is an area that I am constantly trying to define, but is ever-evolving and changing, just like I am as a person. I enjoy taking risks, being fashion-forward, and reflecting the most up-to-date trends. I love how quickly the styles change and am always looking for new sources for inspiration. My favorite styles are bohemian and vintage, but I also love trendy, one-of-a-kind pieces.
When it comes to fashion and style, I look for inspiration in a number of different places. I love street style and find myself paying attention to what people around me are wearing. I also find inspiration on social media, blogs, and by reading various fashion publications such as WWD.
My earliest source of style inspiration was my mother – She grew up in California in the 1960’s and 1970’s and had the wardrobe to prove it. She was very much into beauty and fashion, which inspired me to be as well. Her closet contained a mix of bold prints, flowy blouses, and maxi dresses. I would constantly go through her clothing, accessories, and jewelry when I was little, which helped to form my personal style and love for vintage.
How I Shop
Prior to attending fashion school, I spent money recklessly on clothing and accessories. I was obsessed with designer and brand labels. My style and the way that I shop changed while I was attending FIT. During my first semester, I was calculating markup percentages in my ‘Math for Retail Buying’ class, and began to realize how much money I was wasting on pieces that cost virtually nothing to make. My spending habits would change again after I started working in retail. When I landed a sales job at my favorite specialty store, I purchased a large collection of their merchandise with my employee discount. After leaving, I couldn’t justify purchasing anything at full price ever again. I also realized that the majority of the pieces, while purchased at a discount, would end up being a long-term investment with the care and dry cleaning expenses that went along with keeping them in good condition. I still love expensive brands, but I tend to follow the NRF calendar, and only shop the sales and markdowns. I almost never purchase anything at full price unless I can justify the affordability of the item.
Where I Shop
When shopping for apparel and accessories, I like a variety of department stores and specialty retailers. For work-wear, I like the style of J.Crew, Gap , and Loft. When I’m not at the office, I shop at a variety of stores for everyday looks. I love inexpensive full price or sale price items from Free People, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, J.Crew, Abercrombie, etc. For basic pieces, I shop at Target or H&M. For trendy styles and fast fashion I like Zara and Forever 21. I also love one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, and collect vintage dresses from the 60’s and 70’s. For these styles, I shop at vintage stores, flea markets, on eBay, and Etsy.
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