Personal Style

Originally hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, a move to Atlanta, Georgia inspired Jasmine Williams to pursue her educational and career goals. With Fashion Merchandising as her major at Southern New Hampshire University, she divides her time between working at a law firm in Downtown Decatur, Georgia, attending school and updating her blog, Nai’s Visions (http://naisvisions.com). Jasmine’s goal is to provide style and life inspiration through the content that is published weekly on her blog and aspires to become a Fashion journalist as well as a Fashion Stylist. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys reading, writing, traveling and connecting with new people.

While college is typically reserved for furthering one’s education, it can also be a time where students find or create themselves. Making the transition from a high school student to a college student can be difficult for some, especially if you are feeling unsure of yourself going into your first year of college. However, as time passes, figuring out the things that you are truly interested in becomes much clearer. Having a general understanding of who you are internally can manifest externally and one of the many examples of this is your personal style. This applies even if you do not consider yourself fashion savvy.

Your personal style is much bigger than fashion trends shown in magazines and designer collections. It boils down to your emotions and your overall persona. The way that you choose to dress is just the icing on the cake in terms of who you are as a person. You may find that your personal style will slowly evolve over the years as you come to terms with who you are and this is perfectly normal! The most important thing to remember in terms of how you choose to dress is to remember to make sure that you are comfortable. If you are struggling with being comfortable with yourself, again, it will show externally.

From personal experience, it has taken me a few years to truly be comfortable in the skin that I am in which translated into the things that I used to wear. I was more concerned about seeking the approval of others and this transferred over into my personal style. No one is immune from wanting approval from others but it is extremely important to look within yourself for approval. The great thing about personal style is that it is 100% PERSONAL. You have more control over who you are and how you want to be represented in the world than you think.

Again, do not be alarmed and feel as if your personal style has to resemble that of a celebrity’s. It is always great to be inspired by others but essentially, you want to make sure that you are wearing the things that YOU want to wear. You will learn over time, if you haven’t already, that there will always be someone who disapproves of something that you’re doing. The less that you regard the approval of others, the more that you’ll find yourself free to do the things that make you happy.

The best advice that I can give to you is to give yourself room to evolve as a person and to try not to worry about getting things “right” in terms of how others feel. You are an individual and coming into your own as such may take some time. That is quite all right. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with your personal style as a result of this. In due time, the internal pieces of yourself will connect and your personal style will reflect that. Until then, make as many changes to your hairstyle as you want. Wear the type of clothing that you feel the most comfortable in at the time. This is your time to make the rules for your life. Make the most of it.

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