I wasn’t always this stylish. It took a lot of work and time reading a ton of magazines.
I grew up in a tiny town. The only retail stores we had were Citi Trends and Kmart. Later, Rainbow came along. I thought I was dope when Rainbow opened.
I somehow got a subscription to the Delia magazine when I was in middle school. I wanted those clothes so badly. However, my family was a working class family and never “wasted” money on something so frivolous as clothes. My parents literally took us back to school shopping in August and it had to last you for the remainder of the school year. We had 1 pair of nice shoes for church and 1 pair of sneakers for school. Nothing more.
As I got older, I wanted to look more like the people on tv and magazines. I loved the outfits in “Boomerang” and “Clueless”. I feel better when I wear certain clothes and look a certain way. So, in high school, I got a job. Being that I bought a used car in high school, I didn’t have to worry about my paycheck going towards a car note. I pocketed all of my paycheck. Thanks parents for covering insurance! The game officially changed!
I began shopping at all of my favorite places. Sometimes, depending on the cost, I had to do a lay-away plan. It was totally worth it. Sometimes I would drive to the big city above my town and visit their malls.
As I entered college, my style shifted slightly. I needed club clothes! I began to shop at Bakers, Express, and Bebe. Everything was sparkly and highly inappropriate. Then, the change came. My last year of college, I had to get professional attire for my education internship. I headed to New York and Company to help me look more scholarly. I didn’t enjoy the look though.
Once I graduated and became a teacher, I was more able to find a look that was affordable and professional at the same time. I’ve decided to show you a few looks and share my favorite stores. The stores are affordable and super cute. With standard shipping, you typically get your items in 5-7 days depending on if circumstances are normal (global pandemic slowed everything down).
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