It’s never a surprise to encounter thousands of college students on the campus’ front lawn at American University — rated number one for the most politically active students — rallying for some cause. When it comes to standing up for our rights, no student goes unspoken here at American. Although fashion ranks low on D.C.’s priority list, self-expression is greatly valued and is exemplified through one’s sense of style.
For the students at American University, standing out and being different is on everyone’s to-do list. Most students here are intrigued by the justice system and the First Amendment of freedom of self-expression is taken very seriously. These students not only express themselves in their political science classes but also in the apparel they choose to define who they are. Fashion is all down to personal interpretation, and the students here make that very evident. You can take a look and twist it however you want to suit your style so that you’re comfortable with what you wear.
The students here capture the idea that clothing can be a powerful tool for making assertions about political views, feminist views, religious beliefs and so forth. Fashion is a key showcase of one’s consumption choices and thus, one’s values.
Are you constantly keeping up with the latest trends or do you prefer vintage consignment that can be worn repeatedly? Do you shop for quantity over quality or quality over quantity? Are you into the eco-friendly fashion collections? Are you concerned about where and how the clothes you buy are produced? No matter what your values are, they’re evident in what you wear.
This pictured Fashionista articulates her values by being economically conscience when it comes to shopping. There is no need to make such a dent in your pocket when you can find the same styles for a significantly lower cost. Most of the clothing this Fashionista is wearing comes from her mom’s closet or local thrift stores. No matter what age we are, it still holds true that ‘mother knows best,’ even when it comes to fashion. And plus, who doesn’t love vintage?
The students of American University show off not only their versatility in the sense of style, but also the diversity within AU’s campus. Fashion is about creating. Some people may disagree with your style and your take on fashion. But that’s OK. It’s about choice. So, hate it or love it, fashion is everywhere. As Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
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