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It All Starts From Within

Fashion. What is it? And where does it come from? For years those questions have been answered in a variety of ways while maintaining the common denominator; yourself.

If you think fashion is all about having loyalty to brands such as Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and other labels that the average consumer can’t afford, then you have it all wrong. Fashion is about self-expression through a series of fabrics, patterns, textures, and accessories (a plethora or a few classic pieces…depending on the individuals’ preference). Fashion isn’t determined by how expensive and/or busy your wardrobe is or isn’t, but the cohesiveness of everything from head to toe.

Once an individual’s style is defined, they tend to utilize something that serves as the foundation to their particular style as well as represent who they are. For example, bright colors, certain patterns, tons of accessories, or a key item. Marvin Micheaux, humanitarian/stylist from the Southside of Chicago, says his collection of watches speaks to people about his character . . . “they are timeless pieces that speak to multitudes. In a silent room in all black you will always hear my tick”. On the contrary, La’roc, fashion student at The Art Institute in Philadelphia, says her moccasins are her item of choice because they’re perfect for every occasion. “They’re my ‘get up and go’ shoe, kind of like Uggs but more urban chic”. Regardless of your style, fashion is “a direct representation of who you are,” says Micheaux. Following his statement was nothing more than the awesome quote by Coco Chanel, “I don’t do fashion, I am fashion”.

For those who are transitioning between personal fashion senses, take some advice from La’roc and “just be true to yourself, don’t be afraid to express yourself through your wardrobe, and have confidence in yourself. Once you have those key elements, you’re unstoppable”.

As aforementioned, fashion is all in what YOU make it to be. It can be simple or complex. But most importantly, make it about YOU and love it. With that being said, be confident in your fashion sense and if you’re not, look deep within yourself and change it because confidence is the ultimate accessory!

PEACE, Love & Fashion,

Fashion Firm
Author: Je’Nell Dent

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