Although most people associate Nashville with cowboy boots and hats, that’s only because we are the home of country music.
Honestly, I can’t even remember the last time I saw a stereotypical Nashvillian. They are becoming more and more scarce as time goes on.
Since Belmont University is known for its creativity in music and art, it only makes sense that it would be budding with young Fashionistas/os. They aren’t always your typical trend-following, it-bag-carrying, LA types, but more of the trend starting/trend breaking, vintage-bag-carrying types.
We enjoy hunting for treasures and finding deals on unique pieces that represent us and not what others want us to be.
Those of you familiar with my posts on CollegeFashionista are aware of my obsession with the grunge era of fashion. It’s only since I moved to Nashville in 2009 that I developed a love for the oversized sweaters, circle sunnies, leather mini-skirts, tie-dye, crop tops and lace-up boots.
Maybe it’s the comfort of the era that draws college students in to its fashion. Maybe it’s that thrift stores stock ‘90s treasures at collegiate budgets. Or maybe it’s that the ‘90s reminds us of home and growing up with shows like The Adventures of Pete and Pete and movies like Clueless.
Whatever the explanation may be, grunge is present at Belmont University.
This Belmont Fashionista is the perfect representation of what Nashville street style is truly about.
She isn’t afraid to be who she is (even if that requires a little bit of black lipstick).
That’s what being a Fashionista/o is about — creating your own style and sharing it with the world. Fashion is supposed to be an outlet of the soul. It’s a way to express who you are in a way that allows others to see.
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