It all started when I was in 7th grade, I had started my first year of middle school and I finally started paying attention to what I was wearing. Before middle school one could have mistaken me for a chubby, frizzy-haired boy, but thanks to the amount of fashion magazines that would come to my house and the rise of Youtube beauty vloggers I quickly started to change the way I looked. Now not to get confused with my changing, I did not change to fit in with society’s standards a the time, I simply chose for my own benefit to start taking care of myself. I like to think that I was the ugly duckling that turned into a beautiful swan. Boys started to notice me for the first time and girls would compliment me on my outfits. I realized that I had a knack for putting together outfits. When I realized that my passion was fashion, no pun intended, I bought a whole bunch of books about fashion, styling, and outfit designs. Also, me being a huge history buff, I watched documentaries on fashion from the past. I soon became a pretty good sized book of walking fashion knowledge. For me, fashion was a way to connect with people. It was a way to express myself on myself. I love the way clothing can make you feel. When I have a good outfit I feel powerful and strong. Every women should feel amazing about themselves and clothes simply help me to feel that way. Through clothes you can attract people, convey a feeling, and show inner creativity.
Fast forward a few years and now I am a senior in high school. I now knew that I loved fashion and would want to pursue a job in that industry. I guess I was lucky in that way, I knew what I wanted to do in college and I had a plan. I decided that I wanted to go to a school that had a good fashion program, but still had the college feel with football games and sorority rush. I thought that If I were to go to an art school and then change my mind on my major, I would be stuck doing art. That is why I chose to go to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Not only was that school ranked high on the best fashion schools in the nation, but it was also near home and far away at the same time. I’m from Minnesota and I knew that I wanted to leave my state because I felt that it was the only way for me to grow as a person and be independent. The school is still in the midwest so I don’t feel as homesick as I would if I were to go to somewhere like California.
In the past few years I had fallen in love with looking at and reading blogs. I thought, “Why can’t I start my own blog? I love fashion too.” That’s when I started Wear The Redhead Clothes in June of 2016. I created my blog because I loved fashion, wanted something for a job reference in the fashion industry, and I just wanted to have something to do in the summer before I would head off to college. Little did I know that keeping up with a fashion blog is harder than it looks. You have to constantly think of story ideas that people would want to read and create a visual to go along with the story. Sometimes it all becomes a little overwhelming having to juggle college, a blog, and an Instagram account to go with the blog, but I love my blog and it makes me happy when I write on it and I believe that the hassle is worth it.
I see many great things in my future and I will look to it with bright eyes. I believe if you love something enough, you will eventually find a way to make a career out of it. If you are reading this and you want to work in the fashion industry, I say go ahead and take the jump because you never know what will happen in your future.