Fashion and empowerment–the two go hand in hand. Fashion allows us to be individuals. It gives us a freedom of expression and with that, we find identity.
Looking back through the history of fashion, styles and trends occurred during pivotal points in history. These moments empowered and encouraged individuals and conscious fashionistas to express their pain, suffering, love; feelings that were too hard to say in words so they chose to define it in style.
I have been in love with fashion from a very early age. Watching my mother and my great grandmother (the only two women in my life who have viewed fashion as a crucial part of everyday life) take pride in how they dressed, influenced my love for the art of styling. I work as a Visual Manager for Free People in Atlanta, Georgia. However, I am a west coast girl to the core, growing up in the lazy beach town of San Clemente, California. Spending my childhood in SoCal and then moving to the suburban South in my youth, the fashion scene and what is on trend are far from the same. The south can be a tad conservative and women shy from the idea of showing a little skin or wearing something that is out of their comfort zone. Part of my job at work, that I love so much, is styling and encouraging women and young girls to feel beautiful. To remind them that we are in a time of great change and progress, that uniqueness and individuality is something to embrace.
Women are now more than ever trying to be heard. I feel that one of the best ways to be heard is in the way we dress; to dress for ourselves and dress in a way to be remembered.
Fashion is implemented in our daily lives. We all wake up in the morning to get dressed for whatever job or activity that we do every day. There is a phrase that should resonate in all of us: “Girls compete, women empower.” Empower others by complimenting, praising, and encouraging them to be fearless with their style.