Jenn Teeters is an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying Early Childhood Education. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and she an avid shopper. She also works with children and owns way too many scarfs.
High school, for me, consisted of blue and green plaid skirts, polo’s, and white socks every day of the week and let me tell you, I loved it. But when it came to college, I was a fish out of water in a new sea full of gorgeous girls in even more gorgeous threads. Its true, the transition from boring uniforms to the fashion freedom of college was anything but easy. Like everyone else out there, I had my ups and downs when it came to creating my own fashion sense. I found out the hard way that what is being walked down the runway doesn’t always end up on my body. Lucky for me, I joined, in my opinion, the best sorority on my campus, which gave me plenty of fashion inspiration as I was creating my fashion repertoire.
When you’re around as many girls as I am, you see every sort of fashion style there is: preppy, sweet, classy, grunge. You name it, I’ve seen it on campus. And being in a sorority with plenty of dress codes, I’ve managed to fill my entire closet with clothes that fit my personality. Clothes that scream “I’m a sweetheart, preppy sorority girl, teacher-in-training, who doesn’t fit in a category.” My fashion depends solely on my mood, which is why I don’t fit in a category just like most girls. I fully believe that the clothes you put on will reflect on your mood.
On days where I just want to crawl back into bed, you’ll catch me in cozy pieces like my favorite knit scarf with my rich wine colored sweater. If I am feeling on top of the world, I will be dressed my best in dark wash jeggings, riding boots, a flowy cream blouse and a cheetah print scarf. If I am feeling edgy, you’ll catch me in a moto jacket paired with a black dress and some tights. If I’m feeling preppy, my outfit consists of gingham under a Ralph Lauren sweater.
I don’t like to believe in stereotypes and categorical names when it comes to fashion. How could something so free and creative have such confiding boundaries? I don’t think we should restrain our personal fashion like we do. Just because you don’t typically wear dresses or leather doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! If you feel comfortable in it, I fully believe that you should wear it. You have to do what makes you happy and that translates to fashion as well!
So whether or not you are just getting into the swing of things at the university or if you’re a seasoned pro looking to revamp your closet, remember that style is about what makes you happy. Maybe plaid kilts and polo shirts are you, and that is totally fine! Maybe you hate dresses and would not be caught dead in one. That’s fine too. If I’ve learned anything from the transition from uniforms to fashion freedom, its that fashion is about expressing how you feel and who you really are. You just have to do you!