By: Daion Morton
Photos by: Aaricka Washington
Margaret Oliphant, a Scottish novelist, once said, “Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one’s own, it is always 20 times better.”
Fashion is a word that has millions of different definitions, quotes and personal meanings. I don’t believe that anyone’s perspective of what fashion means to him or her is wrong.
To me, fashion is a way of expressing yourself through clothing and accessories. It enhances your personality and makes you different from anyone else in the world. Everyone dresses in a way that makes him or her unique.
With me, it all started when I was younger. I had one of those moms who had my clothes laid out, ironed and pressed, matching from the t-shirt to the socks, everyday before school. It wasn’t until middle school I had to cut the rope and begin dressing in a way that expressed myself, based on my judgment. But, I can honestly say that I don’t believe I’d have such a passion for fashion if it weren’t for her.
Growing up, I always questioned whether a “boy” was supposed to be passionate about fashion. I guess it wasn’t the social norm, from where I was raised. But, I had to break through that small-minded-shell and look at things from a bigger and brighter perspective.
It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I decided that I no longer cared about the social expectations of what a person is expected to be like. I decided to create a blog titled, “School Life 101: Senior Year” and the purpose of this blog was actually a way for me to remember my senior year of high school. I decided to write a brief description of my day and post a picture of the outfit that I’d worn to school.
Believe it or not, I posted a picture of every outfit that I wore to school my senior year for 162 days. And trust me, some days it was a major challenge!
When I came to Indiana University, I knew that I wanted to do journalism and still somehow mix fashion into it. Fortunately, I’m only a freshman so I still have time to research different careers that involve both journalism and fashion.
The most important thing to remember when dressing up is humility. A person can have the nicest outfit in the world, but if he is not humble it ruins it all. I’ve learned to also never judge a person by what they wear. I learned that we are all unique in our way.