BY SAHAR DIKA, Arts and
As I was rushing out the door so I could make a pit stop at the Starbucks around the block, I grabbed the mail so I could quickly skim through any bills that might empty out my bank account this month. Suddenly I realized that Lady Gaga was in my mailbox. It was the September issue of Vogue and it was thick and full of fashion. The little fashionista in me jumped for joy and threw her imaginary over-sized Chanel bag in the air. I would survive work tonight.
As soon as I had a minute at work, I whipped out my Vogue and began reading it. Pages and pages of Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Chanel, Prada, Miu Miu and Fendi gleamed in the apple of my eye. I was mesmerized.
And then, it hit me. “I can’t afford any of this stuff.”
The fact of the matter is that I am a 23-year-old college student with a part time job and unless I want to starve myself for the next three years, I have to stick to affordable fashion. If anything, it makes me strive to be more successful so that I could walk out of my house Carrie Bradshaw style flaunting Manolo Blahnik’s and a vintage Dior bag. Although I’m not dodging people on the road to rush to the Salvation Army (which I have actually done when creating my own destroyed, high-waisted denim shorts), I’m opting for places like Urban Outfitters or H&M instead of Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus.
Fashion is not just about labels. It’s about expression. Whether you buy something for $200 or $20, it’s about finding something that is unique to you and your own personal style. I think it is possible to take just about any piece of clothing and turn it into something fabulous.
The night before Labor Day, I found myself in a pickle. I was going to a white party when it dawned on me that white is not exactly a color of prominence in my closet. After dragging a friend to the mall for what felt like eternity, I began to lose hope. I was looking for something sexy, chic and simple. I also knew that with Instagram on the rise and my friends snapping a bazillion pictures, I wanted something affordable because I was not about to become a repeat offender. I had to think creatively.
I traveled to the men’s section of Sears, oddly enough, and purchased a large size white button up for twenty dollars and rolled up the sleeves. I remembered that I had a tan studded belt at home and decided I should wrap it around my waist and rock the shirt as a dress! Studs on clothing are a huge hit. They can be seen on collared shirts, pockets of denim jeans, shoulders of sweaters, leather jackets and well just about anywhere you please. I recently started making destroyed denim shorts and purchased hundreds of different kinds of studs from Amazon, EBay and local craft and fabric stores. It was the best thing I’ve ever done and I highly recommend doing so. You can purchase all different shapes and sizes for really cheap and spice up any outfit. So, that’s what I did. I studded the collar of my men’s shirt with a pair of tweezers and good old arm strength and headed out to a white party. My outfit was unique and I could almost guarantee that nobody else was going to rock the same look.
Fashion is about taking a chance. Some of the most memorable outfits we wear are the ones we were uneasy about initially. In the next few weeks, I will dish out fun DIY’s (do it yourself), dangerous designers, affordable fashion and trends to die for. In the meantime, it’s still fashion week. So after you’re done studying, I suggest you snuggle up next to your computer, watch a fashion show or two, and let the world be your runway!