Style Profile: Meet Faith
I’m Faith, a freshman fashion merchandising and management major. I was a ballet dancer for 14 years before coming to college. Being in a uniform of tights and a leotard for a large portion of my life has made me appreciate the excitement of styling a different outfit every day. I’d describe my personal style as vintage inspired with details that can veer edgy or classic, but I like to think that I bring something unique to every look.
Whether it’s with a necktie or a statement piece (i.e. a pink denim jacket with ruffles on the collar and sleeves from Urban Exchange!), I like styling clothes in unexpected ways. Growing up in Amish country, I always found it fun to wear looks to school that made people stare a little. Usually they ended up wearing a variation of that trend a couple months later. I am an avid thrifter, which contributes to my eclectic closet. One of my favorite things is when I can proudly say that my entire outfit is thrifted because it is almost guaranteed that no one else is wearing the same thing as you. Other aspects of thrifting and vintage shopping are that you can step out of your comfort zone for a fraction of traditional retail prices, try out trends that may be coming back from previous decades, and use standout pieces to revamp basic outfits.
Thrifting has been important in the evolution of my style because it has given me more confidence to try something new and step out of my box, and I feel that I am more adventurous because of it. It’s also important to me to reduce my environmental impact by shopping secondhand and giving clothes new life. That’s where my blog handle comes from, @secondchancestyleblog! I can definitely see myself working to better the fashion industry through sustainability initiatives in my career, and I’m continuously learning and becoming more educated.