Reflector welcomes self-stylist
New fashion columnist prizes distinct and practical concepts
Hello, I’m Claire. I’m 22 and a fifth-year journalism student here at MRU. From this issue on I will be your resident fashion columnist writing once a month.
Over my five years at MRU, I have noticed our student body is quite fashion-savvy. I have come across male students in full linen suits (who are not aviation students might I add), and female students in straight-off-the-runway-type outfits.
I like to think I dress well, but I also know there are days where little effort is put into my outfits. Although I am a fashion enthusiast, I don’t take fashion too seriously and will rarely be caught in something that looks uncomfortable.
Like most students, I have little spending money and therefore I try to think of unique ways I can combine the clothes I already own into distinct outfits.
I am a firm believer in personal style. My philosophy is to stick to what you like, wear clothes that are comfortable and will not break the bank. Choose what works for you and make it your own.
I love quirky personalities like Zooey Deschanel’s and appreciate her unique sense of style best. I have a thing for the “boy look” — the bow-tie, the suspenders, the blazer, the Oxfords — that singer Janelle Monae or actress Diane Kruger pull off and dig independent artists like Toro Y Moi.
On the side, I am an editor at Calgary Fashion, a local fashion blog created by Kim Jev, an MRU journalism graduate. I write stories, take photos and update our Tumblr on top of updating our main website. A highlight of mine was sitting front row at Parkluxe, a fashion show organized by the non-profit organization PARK that showcased four local designers.
In mid-October, Calgary Fashion will be heading to Toronto for LG Fashion Week — a high-caliber fashion event I will dedicate my next column to. In future columns, I’d like to explore the comeback in men’s fashion and touch upon the historic beginnings and ends of certain articles of clothing while keeping a personal perspective on fashion and making the column student-friendly. Until next time…