Studded sweatshirt, c/o Others Follow. BDG Oxford and High-Rise Twig jeans in Black, Urban Outfitters. Jeffrey Campbell Tardy platforms, Bib + Tuck. Vintage Dooney & Bourke purse.
When you wear a sweatshirt with studded shoulders, the day doesn't usually mess with you. It's not that I could do any real damage with the little silver guys (they aren't actually spikes, after all), but my whole attitude about the day changes whenever I throw on this particular piece of armor. This sweat shirt from Others Follow is comforting with its fleece lined fabric, but at the same time it sends a certain vibe of "I got this." to anyone who crosses my path. For that reason, it is a favorite of mine to don during tests or emotionally stressful days.
That's my favorite thing about fashion. Even when I am feeling completely down, hopeless even, I can still pull something out of my closet that will make me feel a bit more in control. I don't feel perfect, of course. But knowing that I can still choose how to present myself every single day reminds me of just how lucky I am. Not only do I remind myself to be positive, but how I dress will ultimately affect how other people treat me during the day. Perhaps it's a cyclical effect: I'm more confident and therefore more people take me seriously. Or perhaps it is that people treat me differently because, as my dad commented on my Instgram selfie with this sweater, I look like a road warrior.