A Progression of Patterns, Moods and Music

19 Mar

Allison Wright

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Style has gradually become more integrated into my life.  Music has definitely been the most influential factor on how I dress, movies that I enjoy watching, even certain books.  Just as fashion trends go through different eras, I feel like my style has done the same:


Junior high school: Style for me really had no reference.  I mainly focused on comfort – over-sized sweaters and T-shirts, wide-leg jeans and sneakers.  I didn’t wear make-up and my hair was always in a single braid.  I accept it, I was the definition of dork at the time.

High school:  Spent a lot more time listening to music (mainly 90s alternative and classic rock) and I felt like I was finally beginning to find myself.  I still wore wide-leg and sneakers, but I was slowly beginning to transition into clothes that actually showed that I wasn’t just an amorphous blob.  I even managed to wear a skirt and even HEELS!  Those times, however, were far and few.

College: This is when I finally came to terms with dressing more like a girl.  This was also the time when I got heavily into the Gothic scene – dark make-up, black clothing 24/7, even in 90 degree weather and wearing my hair in a long, dark curtain.  I can’t say that this necessarily matched my mood all the time because I never considered myself to be a really depressed person.  Also, I felt like I could be more outgoing and not feel weird about what I was wearing.  One memorable moment I had when I was still going to my community college was when I was dressed up Morticia-esque and was walking my boyfriend around with a chain around his neck.  The looks on people’s faces were priceless!

Current:  I think my best outfits are produced when I don’t think about them too much and I’m crunched for time.  One day I could be feeling Boho, wearing a tribal printed shirt and ornate earrings, or jeans and a T-shirt.  My hair has also gone through several transformations since highschool – choppy-short, graduated bob dyed bright red and back to long again.  I still wear a lot of black, but now not so Gothic (sometimes I will use occasional elements, which is why I love accessories).  I’ve become a metalhead, but don’t need to dress that way for people to know that.  I do look to magazines sometimes for outfit inspiration, but don’t go as far as being a “trend whore”.

I agree with some of my classmates that style should be defined by YOU, not the other way around.  Fashion trends are like stars – eventually they will burn out.



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