Farewell Fashionistas


The time has finally come for me to write my last Confessions of a Fashionista column for the Daily Campus. Rather than give a sappy goodbye and talk about my favorite parts of writing this column the past year, I figured I would leave you all with some lasting tips that connect all my columns together. The underlying theme behind everything I’ve written has always been that fashion is my life and my first love. From ripping out magazine pages, to spending endless hours on Tumblr and Pinterest finding the perfect outfit inspiration (as well as finding it at a much lower cost), I’ve always believed that the right outfit can make you feel like the best possible version of yourself.

Photo of Michelle Marquez graduating senior and columnist of ‘Confessions of a Fashionista’. (Michelle Marquez/The Daily Campus)

I guess the most important thing I learned while writing to you all is that everyone has a different take on the tips I hand out. This is totally the point of giving style advice, everyone has a different way to take style tips and tricks and make them their own. Everyone has different taste and styles things differently and is defining who they are and what their personal style will be. The evolution of who you are is always continuing and that includes what you choose to wear. The way different trends end up fading and how new ones pop up in their place is the best part of fashion writing. No day will ever be the same and you’ll always be able to find something new and different.

This past summer, I was lucky enough to intern at Hearst Tower, the mecca of all that is fashion and beauty. The overwhelming sense of diversity not even just in the people but the way everyone dressed was undoubtedly the most inspiring part of my entire summer. That was the hope for this column, I wanted to bring that feeling that I had every morning walking into work to UConn. So that every time someone “like me” who felt like they were missing out on the diversity of fashion and the evolution of style could read my column, get a taste of the dream and be reminded that it’s out there and waiting for you.

Fashion is my first love and New York City is a close second, and although I’ve spent my last four years at UConn I can honestly say however many people have followed me on my journey as Fashionista here in Storrs, you probably know I won’t be in Connecticut for long. I hope whoever writes the next fashion column for the DC gives a whole new take on what fashion means to them because that’s really what it’s all about.

This ended up being a much sappier piece than I ever imagined but I guess that’s what happens when you realize post grad life is coming up much quicker than you ever realized. My last tip for you all is, of course, stay fashion forward and make the most of the time left you have at this awesome school, I found my home at the Daily Campus and it’s been an amazing year being able to share my love for fashion with you all! Farewell Fashionistas, fingers crossed I’ll have my own byline at Marie Claire someday!

Michelle Marquez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at michelle.marquez@uconn.edu.  

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