How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe it as (it is now cliché to call this a cliché) eclectic-- I like to mix vintage pieces with modern basics. I tend to gravitate towards things that are what I like to call "beautifully ugly"--- that is, at first glance, your reaction might be, "Who ever thought it was a good idea to wear that thing?" Beaded, fringed, leather, sequined, and bright are always on my mental checklist when hunting for vintage.
Where did you get your passion for fashion?
My mom says that from the time I was little when we went shopping I knew exactly what I wanted, despite her efforts to put me in turtlenecks and jeans. My abuelita and other women on my dad's side of the family all are creative and like to sew, so that helped grow my love for DIY fashion.
Where do you find sartorial inspiration?
All over the place! I follow many blogs and am always checking my favorite online stores to see what vintage pieces can translate to those looks--- I also am inspired by old movies and ad campaigns. Musicals from the ‘40s and ‘50s are my favorites because the costumes were so over the top!
What is the difference between fashion and style?
I think fashion is something that is fleeting, changing by the minute (in today's online world it seems like by the second), and something that, with enough money, anyone can purchase. I think money can't buy style--- style is more personal and depends on the individual. Style is what makes the same designer top look gaudy on one A-list celebrity but effortlessly chic on another.
Any advice for a woman who is starting to find her personal style?
Find pieces that work for your body--- once you know what works, experiment away with colors, prints, and fabrics! Look for inspiration online, but put your own spin on it. I think the biggest mistake people make is getting discouraged when the latest trend doesn't look good on them-- having a solid foundation in knowing what basic pieces make you look and feel your best can allow you to seamlessly incorporate new elements :)
Stay tuned, there will be a feature on a True Fashionista every Friday this month. And if you know of a True Fashionista in your life, tell us all about her in the comments!