Lauren is a freelance writer currently residing in Kent, Ohio. She is a senior at Kent State University and will receive a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies. A lover of all things film, history and pop culture, Lauren will always be the first person to know about any breaking news story.
Have you ever wondered why some individuals are revered for their fashion, while others are reviled for it? Why some decades are romanticized for their chic style and the trends are repeated for years afterwards, while other decades are considered a stylistic dark age? It’s because we are drawn to simple, elegant pieces that not only flatter our frames, but keep us looking smart and sleek. It is why we all aspire to look like Grace Kelly, but never want to look like Madonna, circa 1983.
As a tall girl with an hourglass figure, it took me a while to find a happy medium, clothing wise. The fashion industry is notorious for catering to one size, often leaving women desperate for options. If noted American psychologist W.H Sheldon were alive today, he’d place my body into one of three categories: the endomorphs. Endomorphs are classically rounder and generally have fuller shapes than their counterparts, the long and lean Ectomorphs and the naturally fit Mesomorph. You may be wondering why I am prattling on about my body type when I am supposed to be writing about my fashion style. The answer is simple; in modern society, our weight dictates how we dress.
I am not Audrey Hepburn or Cara Delevingne; clothes do not drape off of my body and flow off of my limbs like I’ve just recently stepped off the runway. Growing up, I’d often look to classic Hollywood actresses like Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida because their bodies resembled the one mine was growing into. I remember consistently striving to emulate my peers in terms of fashion and style that I often wore clothes I didn’t like in an effort to fit in. Obviously, this didn’t always work in my favor. This went on for years, me not dressing for my body type and being dissatisfied with how I looked, no matter how trendy the article of clothing I was wearing.
When I started Kent State University, my personal style suddenly blossomed. I learned what to wear and what not to wear (Stacy London would be so proud!). I traded boot-cut jeans for skinny jeans, high neck shirts for V-neck and always picked a cardigan or blazer instead of a hoodie. I’m drawn to classic styles and cuts, not only because they flatter my figure, but because it never goes out of style. Have you ever heard of someone who grew up in the 80s say, “Oh, what can I say? It was the 80s!” when referencing an old outfit or hairstyle? I never want that to be me. I want my grandchildren to look at old pics and think I’m fashionable at any age. I’m drawn to classical looks that can stand the test of time. High waist A-line skirts, shirts with bold colors, simple ballet flats. Have you ever tried selling a trend-inspired piece at Plato’s Closet a few eyars after it goes out of style? Not even secondhand clothing stores will take your pieces, which can say a lot.
But personal style is so much more than clothing or shoes or handbags. Looking good makes you feel good. My style certainly does cater to my looks but my clothes accentuate what I have been given. Instead of hiding behind clothes, I embrace them.