Speaking of the past-- my intention for this post was to write about how I found my own style. In high school, the only brands I would wear were Hollister, and Abercrombie. I'm not kidding either. I literally refused to wear anything else. I suppose a lot of people go through this phase. I'm not in any way saying that these brands are not stylish, or bad. It's just...I wore them for the wrong reasons. I wanted to fit in, and be liked. Even though I had quite a bit of friends, and I was involved with extracurriculars, I still felt the need to "look the part", you could say. What ever that "part" may have been, I still have no idea. Looking back, I don't regret anything because you can only learn from your past. It's just, I feel that I wasn't being true to myself.
If I were to give advice to any high school girl or guy, I would say, wear what you want. Wear what makes you feel most confident, regardless of what your peers think is popular. By popular, I mean, what you think you should wear to be seen as "cool", especially if the real you doesn't radiate through. There is a difference between a fashion trend, and wearing something you don't thoroughly enjoy to fit in.
After I got to college, it took a lot of time, but I slowly slipped into my own style. I started to explore with a lot of different brands like F21, Target, and the B.P at Nordstrom. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the fashion Hollister and Abercrombie provides. I still buy my jeans from Abercrombie-- because they fit me so well. However, I feel much more confident now and most importantly, I feel like the real me. So-- that is my mini success story in a nutshell. I hope it can help anyone who struggled/is struggling with the same thing. Just remember, it takes time to find your style and don't be afraid to experiment with different things.
Here is an embarrasing picture of me school shopping with a friend from a couple years ago. Yes, we actually stopped to take pictures in front of Hollister. It's interesting to look at how I've change throughout the years.