New Style, New You

Saturday, 05 January 2013 19:13 Written by  Hiba Abdillahi

Ever have those mornings when it comes down to the decision of sleeping an extra 10-15 minutes or actually getting up and attempting to look semi-appropriate for society? Every morning shouldn’t bring what seems like a life altering decision, but this is my reality.

No, I'm not lazy, a slob or fashionably challenged. My style depends on my mood, and if I feel less than wonderful, chances are I won’t put much energy into looking presentable. If I actually put in the effort, I clean up well! I'm one who usually makes new year resolutions, and this year I'm sticking with the concept of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new styles.

I get a lot of my fashion tips from people on the street–yes, I am a people watcher. For example, I’d see a girl wearing a shirt a certain way, or a pair of heels with some skinny jeans, and that gives me inspiration. Normally, I wouldn’t wear it at all or that way, but her look gives me the push that I need to put in just a little bit more effort on a day when I may not feel up to it. Tumblr, a blog site, is an excellent source for new fashion tips. I can literally sit down for hours going on peoples fashion blogs getting inspiration. Lately, I’ve been more “Street Style,” wearing combat boots, dark skinny jeans, and lots of accessories. This is far from what I’m used to wearing.

My advice for trying a new style but don’t totally forget about what makes you you. Yes, you’re trying something new because you want to get out that zone, but don’t go over board. I stated before that Im more causal/comfy, so I went to street wear that was more causal. If I’m going out, I’ll throw on a nice blazer (which is a fashion investment by the way), dark jeans, and some wedged heels. If its a lunch date, I lean towards the cardigan, boyfriend jeans, and flats. Know what works for you and roll with it. Don’t let the clothes wear you, wear it and own it. Everyone can buy a nice pair of jeans, but not everyone has style. It comes from within.


*Photo Credit: GMO Photo Editor Billy Montgomery

Hiba Abdillahi

Hiba Abdillahi

Hiba Abdillahi is a student at Columbia College Chicago, majoring in broadcast journalism. She aspires to be an international correspondent.

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