By Esra Erdogan/Columnist
After thinking about my dilemma a lot, I’ve come to the realization that I need to stop thinking. The thing that makes fashion so fun is how contradictory it is. I know I shouldn’t wear sweatpants to class, but I found myself admiring a pair from J.Crew that could be worn with a button down. Walking around FIU in heels seems like a bad idea but sometimes a pair of platform sandals is all it takes to make an outfit perfect. Wearing a hat seems a little much at first, but with the right style it could look effortless. There are a few students around campus who understand this contrarian idea in fashion and use it to their advantage; I admire them for it.
This semester, I’m challenging myself with the task of wearing a little less black and gray and a lot more experimentation. The first thing I need to get over is my irrational fear of wearing heels to school. I have quite a few pairs that hardly get enough wear, and there is no good reason that they’re just sitting there in my closet. My mother has a valid point when she asks why I even bought them in the first place, for decoration? The second thing is exhaustion. My calculating nature ensures that I plan out outfits for at least the first few weeks, but after a while I grow frustrated with planning and end up relying on my uniform again. The best solution to this is to stop being so calculating and pair unlikely things together. I know it sounds like a shot in the dark, but some of my favorite ensembles have been born this way. One you’ve secured which two items you want to base your outfit on, like a new top and an old favorite skirt, it becomes easier to personalize the outfit with accessories. Just make sure you’re relaxed when you do this, otherwise it could look like a tornado just took a run through your bedroom.
For the next year, I’ll be documenting my experiences with fashion here in this column. My style and tastes are constantly shifting and there is rarely a part of fashion that I shun, so expect a varied breadth of topics. From my frustration with certain trends, to how to shop at bargain stores without looking desperate, all fashion subjects will be covered here. Hopefully you’ll get some inspiration on the way.