By now, a lot of you are probably familiar with Unique Vintage's #iamunique campaign. I've been a big fan of Unique Vintage for a few years now, and I'm 100% behind any company that takes such measures to make their customers happy and to create such a celebratory, inclusive environment for them. Unique Vintage recently reached out to me to become an ambassador for this campaign and write a little bit about what makes me unique. I'm certainly not what one would call "conventional." I'm a highly-sensitive Jewish only child with '80s rockstar parents and a flair for the dramatic. I'm a musical-theatre-loving grammar nerd who never stopped playing dress-up. I'm a natural introvert who has chosen to pursue a career in a creative field known for its competitive nature. My fashion sense is a mishmosh of eras, cultures and styles. And though it can be a struggle, I am learning how to love who I am a little bit more every day.
I also love the fact that my style doesn't fall into one definable category, because I often feel like a walking contradiction. In theatre school, one of the most valuable lessons I learned was to keep what works for me and throw out what doesn't, and I think I've incorporated the same approach into my personal aesthetic. A friend of mine once asked how I would define my fashion sense, and I wasn't sure how to answer him. It's a big mix of retro-vintage-girly-whimsical-kitsch with some ethereal-cartoon-street-fashion-costume-shop thrown in. I don't like the idea of feeling boxed in when it comes to a lot of things, and that's especially true when it comes to what I wear. I have certain silhouettes I gravitate towards because they emphasize what I like about my body, and I have certain colors I love because they look good on me. But as far as a certain style? I guess I just like what I like! Who says I can't wear a dress and petticoat one day and a flannel button-down and sneakers the next? I don't think I should have to change what I'm drawn to just because it doesn't exactly fit into one restrictive definition of how to dress. And so my closet is a hodgepodge of everything from pinup to punk to period film. I love that I have so many different types of pieces because it allows me to feel like I'm playing dress-up every day! I suppose I never grew out of my love for playing pretend, which explains both my wardrobe and my chosen profession. I keep an eye out for pieces that are as special as I am, and when I'm wearing something I love, I know that it shines through in how I carry myself. I know my sense of style isn't for everyone, and that's okay -- but it suits me just fine, and it's truly one of my favorite things about myself.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!