On Clothes and Fashion

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When I told someone who’s known me all my life I wanted to work in fashion she said: “Always!” Honestly, I was a little shocked she thought so. According to me, the whole fashion thing had been a 2009 epiphany. Looking back, though, I realize I had always been into dressing up. My mom jokes that when I was little I always picked the dresses with the most ruffles in purple or pink; not much has changed. Wanting to work in fashion, however, really happened in ‘09.

See, I was a fashion intern in New York City, though I was really going after the editorial position. Somewhere between cleaning out fashion closets, handing half-naked models their steamed (by me!) clothes at shoots, and going across the City to return samples I realized: “This is it!”

For me there are clothes…and then, there’s fashion.

I have been living in Florida for 5 years now, and I’ve noticed most young women like to wear the same thing: a tank top, jeans and flip-flops. I think the look is adorable, but cute as it may be, it doesn’t really say anything about the girl who’s wearing it; other than the fact she’s American because she’s wearing flip-flops (sorry, but it’s true!). To me, the girl is just wearing clothes.  If she wears the same outfit and adds, for example, ballerina flats, a jacket and a necklace then, violà, then it’s fashion because she is expressing her personality through the accessories she has chosen. If the girl’s style is more rock, then she can add a leather jacket. If she’s more preppy she can wear a blazer. The way we present ourselves through our clothes is so important because it tells the world who we are and how we want to be treated.

So, who are you?

I want to know. Send me your picture of your best/worst outfit and tell me why you love or hate it. Don’t forget to describe your style in 5 words or less! amintair@clothesandfashion.net


Aminta (OK, I’m a Gossip Girl fan. My friends say I’m Blair, but I like to think I’m more Serena).

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