I've come to realize that my personal definition for maturity is when you reach a profound understanding of yourself. I know that may be a very broad concept, but now that we are independent, functioning members of society at college, it seems more applicable than ever. One is unable to begin to write a paper unless they know how they feel about the particular subject, and similarly, one cannot shop for clothes unless they know what works for them. Personal style isn't assumed, it is achieved. After years of trial and error of different trends, you tend to recall what shapes suit your frame, what colors compliment your tones and what looks you keep coming back to time and time again. It is easy enough to go online and take some quiz that claims your “classic romantic urban chic,” but what does that even mean? Like anything in life, personal style isn't one way or the other, its a multi-dimensional spectrum that grows with you.
I found this Fashionista on 22nd and G and I immediately knew she was CollegeFashionista-worthy when after a few glances at her ensemble, I couldn't exactly pinpoint what I considered her “personal style” to be. Although we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, each element of her outfit reflects a different trend, yet it all works harmoniously together. Her patent-leather Prada loafers and Malene Birger hunting vest could easily be described as preppy, yet her Goldsign acid-splattered black jeans and A-symmetrical hemmed Joie sweater could be considered edgy. Not to mention her accessories, her funky Karen Walker rounded sunglasses and her dainty polkadotted Chan Luu scarf even matched with her Giant Rose Gold City Balenciaga. Lastly, her arm party was a playful mix of Chan Luu, Dodo, Sydney Evans, David Yurman, Hermes and Rolex, complemented by her Cuckoo for this Color polish by OPI.
So I don't know, would you call her an edgy prep meets urban enviornment? Or should we just call her Ali? I asked this Fashionista if it took her a long time to get dressed this morning, and she replied shyly that she just threw something on and left her room.
Trends come and go, but the best advice out there is to stick what works best for you. And if you have to pull something down, it's too short.