My name is Jessica Van Grover and I am currently a senior at the
University of Delaware majoring in Fashion Merchandising. I have been
interested in fashion since I was a junior in High School and since
then have done everything in my power to go after this passion.
Through internships in New York City starting at a small boutique to
working in corporate offices. I have even studied abroad, each lesson
providing me with more input about the industry I love. Looking back
on my college experience has taught me a lot about myself as well as
the world around me and I wouldn’t change it one bit.
I am currently an undergraduate fashion merchandising major at the University of Delaware. I have had a passion for fashion since a young age but as I have gotten older my fashion style has evolved. I will admit my fashion journey did start with some typical middle school trends of Abercrombie & Fitch as well as Hollister before I learned there were other stores in that big mall of mine. I consider myself more on the classic traditional side, someone who still loves to add certain contemporary trendy accents, from preppy, to modern and edgy with everything inbetween. My closet definitely is full of many button down classic long sleeve shirts and the perfect brown leather riding boot I get excited to unwrap each fall and winter season. A wardrobe isnt complete without a perfect statement necklace and skinny jeans these days. I like to draw inspiration from all around me that thus being news articles, press, celebrities, stores even my friends. Whenever given the time I love to look at WWD, WGSN, Lucky, Cosmo, even websites like refinery29 as just a few examples. Even store display windows can be used as inspiration for future outfit concepts or ideas. Especially big city hubs like, New York City are great for trend analysis on a street level including people watching to know what people tend to choose. The city is as well a great place to look at famous window displays throughout the year but especially during the holiday season. The must see destinations are Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Henri Bendel and even chains like Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. Another key time in the city to gather inspiration from is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week located in NYC twice a year and most recently being relocated to a new destination. I love to watch not only the shows but as well as the guests that attend to see what they have decided to wear. I have always had a few favorite designers that inspire my wardrobe but I love to discover the new and upcoming since they are the way of the future. I would consider myself a mid-level shopper, I love to mix designer staples with fast fashion bargains. It allows me to constantly update my wardrobe and follow any trend I consider true to myself. What I believe is important about style is allowing the clothes to describe you but never make you someone you are not. They should only add to a person never subtract and make a person feel uncomfortable. Clothes can provide an identity for a person who might not be the most outspoken. When describing a personal style there are always key items no matter your style identity that every woman should have; those being a little black dress, classic pumps and flats, the perfect pair of jeans and the necklace you can always turn to, to finish off any outfit. When discussing a mans wardrobe ultimate necessities, would include dress slacks and dress shirt if he has the money than strongly suggest at least one well fitted suit for his body built, along with the perfect pair of denim.