When it comes to fashion, I’ve had many sources of inspiration. The first memory I have of really wanting to emulate someone’s style was when I tried to dress like Clarissa Darling from the Nickelodeon TV show, Clarissa Explains It All (as played by a young Melissa Joan Hart). She had a totally outrageous (defined as ’90s) style. She wore oversized vests and spandex shorts, and she paired men’s shirts with black leggings–I wanted to be her! I would wear my mom’s old button-down shirt with a pair of banana yellow sweatpants and talk into the mirror like I was talking into the camera and–voila! I was the star of my own imaginary TV show with my own funky wardrobe to boot.
As I got older, however, I drew inspiration from other places (unfortunately, Clarissa Explains It All had to go off the air someday). I saw movies and TV shows where the characters would literally throw on some clothes and be ready to go (this was an extraordinary feat considering I used to take over an hour to get ready in high school because I spent a good half an hour trying to figure out what I was going to wear). I also was inspired by a trip to Paris where I was able to admire, first-hand, the city’s sophisticated sense of style. I decided I wanted my style to be not just eye-catching, but easygoing and effortless.
But I think that one of the things that brought me further into fashion were the street style blogs that made me realize that fashion is everywhere. As I became more conscious of varying styles, I became more aware of how those who were the best dressed, were the ones who made looking chic look natural.
This is what inspires me: seeing how people wear the clothes they choose to wear everyday while staying true to themselves. Thanks for starting it all, Clarissa!