Ever since I was a little girl, I have always looked up to the fashion icons of the red carpet and the designers who put their heart and soul into every fashion show, but mostly, I’ve looked up to the people all around the world who wore what they wanted to without caring about the judgement of others.
I would like to think my style and how I present myself is always evolving. After all, there is always a new trend, a new item that everyone just has to have. But looking back at how I dressed myself in middle school (horribly by the way) to where I am now, there has been exponential growth (thank god). One thing I remember from middle school and even my freshman year of high school is that I always cared about what people thought of my clothes. I would relish in the compliments of a cute outfit and become angry at myself when no one would compliment me. All in all, I really really cared about what people thought of me.
One thing I’m happy about is growing up and finally realizing that my style choices are valid and should always represent what I feel comfortable in and what I want to wear. Junior Dallas Johnson, says that being bold in your style is so important because “aspects of life are temporary, but style is everyday and eternal,” and also exclaims that he believes that he brings “inspiration” to other people, including outfits that are “always changing, always new, and always colorful.”
I’m so proud that people are finding inspiration in what they wear. The process of worrying about what people think of you is honestly so tiring. And yes, I’ve gotten a lot of judgement for how I choose to dress myself, but I’ve learned to not let it get to me. My clothes represent a solid foundation of strength, creativity, and passion for what I wear.
I’ve also come to realize that clothes don’t really matter to everyone, and that’s fine. I’m just proud of me and my peers and that we can express ourselves and our personalities through our clothes. I also encourage others to not be afraid to express themselves through style.
I want to remind the people of DSHS and everyone who is reading this, don’t be so attentive to the judgement of others. Be who you want to be, wear what you want to wear. At the end of the day, those negative people don’t have the right to be judging you or your lifestyle. As Ralph Lauren says, “Fashion is about something that comes within you,” and it should always stay that way.
Written by Grayson Ruiz