When did you find your style? I started to explore my style when I was in college. Growing up I always followed street style and made my own clothes, but I wouldn’t say I was aware of how I wanted to express myself through fashion at that age. When I became a sophomore in college, I moved to Chicago for school and that’s when I started to be more aware of my self expression with fashion.
What defines your look? What defines my style would be my shoes. I love exclusive sneakers and boots, I always feel most confident when I have an eye catching pair of shoes on.
Excluding fashion references, what inspires your style? What inspires my style excluding fashion references would be graffiti and fruits. I love playing with colors and patterns, and both graffiti and fruits have that same element. You walk on the street and see different [graffiti] tags people put on the same wall. They all seem to go together, and the same goes for fruit. When I walk through the fruit section in a grocery store and see all the shapes and colors…I get so intrigued.
If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be? If I had to wear one outfit for the rest of my life it would be a vintage leather jumpsuit, chunky sneakers, a red lip, some gold hoop earrings, dainty necklaces and rings.
Which decade wins best dressed? I love all decades, but as of recently 00s has been my inspiration. I’ve been wearing mini shoulder bags, mid (and mainly high because I love a cinched waist) rise jeans, and heels with a square toe – feeling like a true 00’s girl. 70s and 90s are also my tops!
Do you think fast fashion has had a positive or negative effect on people cultivating a personal sense of style? I feel fast fashion is both positive and negative. Majority of fast fashion is inspired by high fashion/designer pieces. I’ve come across fast fashion pieces that I’ve never seen before. I’ve also seen pieces come out two years after the designer made the original piece. Fast fashion is great for inspiration and keeping up with trends. However, not everyone sees it that way. So, the negative side
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