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College Student. Sometimes dancer. Aspiring fashion journalist and everyday style enthusiast. I started my blog back in 2010 on a whim, and now it has grown into the visual representation of the power that I believe fashion can have. It's not about having clothes it's about what you do with them, what you wear says who you are. Fashion is transformative, and a chic bag or outfit puts a smile on my face as much as a good book on a rainy day. My blog is about dressing the undergrad and young professional, because so little markets cater to our style. You've officially been accepted into The Undergrad Style File. For collaborations and other inquiries email me at tiffanycurtis8@gmail.com My style in three words... chic.eclectic.classic

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Chiffons, Pret-a-porter, and Haute Couture

If you understood all of the terms in this post title, then you just might be a fashion junkie. Brocades, bouclĂ©'s, Dior and Chanel couture all give you your fashion fix. There is certainly something to be said for fashion's long history, it cannot be separated from society. It's what we wear on our backs, it does not get any more integrated than that. However, it is all too easy to get caught up in  fashion and the fashion industry's shiny allure. So much so that it takes away from the fact that fashion is ageless, race less ,and for all intensive purposes priceless.

The classic fashion houses of Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga and the like certainly deserve their place in the books and on the runways. But only emphasizing the high-esteem names and aspects of fashion eliminates many of us from fashion. As a college student who wants to work in the industry, I have a definite appreciation for the history of garments, and the iconic designers and names behind. I draw inspiration from them. But my closet is mostly filled with thrifted items and clothes from budget-retailers like Old Navy and Target. Why? I can't afford the stuff that graces magazines and that walks the runways. Ask me the same question ten years from now if I work in the industry, while I may buy one of the iconic Chanel handbags. It will probably stop there.

For me fashion is all about the expressive and the accessible. If it does not say who you are and there is no nihce filled for your culture or social status, than the fashion industry isn't doing it's job. Fashion should be meant for everyone, in everything that it encompasses. Just because someone might not know the difference between a bias-cut and Lanvin doesn't mean they don't have serious style or the ability to be important in the industry. While there has been more emphasis on fashion for the every day person, I'm still waiting to be granted full access. Fashion has been far too-exclusive for far too long. How do you feel about the industry? What does fashion mean to you? Designer names or DIY style? Comment below.

xo Tiff

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