Within the last 4 years or so, my fashion sense and style has changed quite drastically. Surprisingly enough, fashion wasn't always an interest of mine; which is crazy to think about because now I can't imagine my life without it. It has given me motivation and confidence in so many different ways, and has driven me to take a path that could really shape my life.
In my early years of high school, I never really had a specific "style." I tended to look at what other girls were wearing and basically followed the crowd. A typical everyday outfit for me would have consisted of some type of graphic t-shirt from Aeropostale, skinny jeans, and Ugg boots. Looking back on it now, it makes me cringe because all I did was copy what everyone else was doing. I had no sense of individuality or creativity. Fortunately, all of that finally changed during my junior year of high school.
One day, I happened to be scrolling through pictures of One Direction (yes, I'm still a huge fan) and stumbled upon one that was taken of Louis Tomlinson's girlfriend, Eleanor Calder. My immediate, first thought when I saw her was, "Wow, this girl really knows fashion." That's when I took a look at my style and realized, "Oh wait, I don't really have one."
I started to follow Tumblr blogs that were dedicated to Eleanor's style. They posted about the outfits she wore and even created looks that were inspired by her. They really helped me develop a creative eye for styling outfits and taught me how to pull inspiration from others without "copying" them.
As time passed, I really started to develop a strong interest in fashion and my sense of style slowly began to improve. I no longer copied other girls' outfits because I now knew how to create my own. It made me feel confident knowing that I knew how to put together great outfits without having to constantly base it off of what others were wearing. In fact, my love for fashion grew so much that I decided I wanted to make a career out of it. After high school, I went to business school and majored in Merchandising so I could learn about the business side of fashion. My ambition to get through college and start a career has developed immensely because of my love for it.
Today, fashion impacts my life now more than ever. I currently work as a sales associate at H&M, so I'm constantly surrounded by all things involving clothing and business. No, it's not the most glamorous job out there and it doesn't pay six figures; but I'm a firm believer in that everyone has to start somewhere and working in retail is great experience for any business related job (especially fashion).
I have decided that blogging is the career path I want to take. It allows me to express my love for fashion and beauty through pictures and words which is amazing. I still pull a lot of inspiration from Eleanor; however I have picked up new inspirations along the way as well. For example, fellow blogger Florencia Rhodi of Flo Loves Clothes is a huge inspiration to me and I'm always taking pointers from her. A few others include Tess Christine, Bethany Mota, Arielle Charnas (SomethingNavy), Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner. When it comes to makeup, I take inspiration from the outfits I wear and coordinate the looks to go hand in hand.
All in all, fashion has really changed my life for the better. I went from copying other people's outfits to drawing inspiration from public figures and developing my own, unique style. My confidence has improved so much because I can use my personal style to express who I truly am. It has solidified a career path for me; something I never really had before I fell in love with fashion. I know it sounds cheesy as hell but I can honestly say that without fashion, I don't know who or where I'd be today.