Oh goodness. Long time no see ;) Well, I did think this contest was kind of a perfect way to come back. Because despite all my disappearances, I do love Polyvore and thought I'd share why....
For the longest time, I was a closet “fashionista” (but to be honest, even to this day I can’t use that word without rolling my eyes). I used to feel like if I told people I was into fashion, I’d feel fake. Even up until this day, I haven’t mastered the whole “Pull-a-Tim-Gunn-and-make-it-work” bit so I always felt like a liar for saying I was fashionable. People say that those who are fashionable can mix and match their way through the worst closet and come up with a Karl approved outfit (or as close to one as possible). And I can’t say that I have that skill. As I look at all these bloggers who always look like they have a shot at beating Olivia Palermo in a “Who wore it better?” poll, I always get so frustrated with myself for not being able to pull off those daring mullet skirts and fedoras like they do. So there are moments when I feel embarrassed for trying to place myself in the same category as people like Chiara Ferragni or Hanneli Mustaparta.
And then, I’ve also felt like there was no way I could be into fashion because I’ve always been known as a “smart kid,” and it sometimes seems like there’s this impenetrable boundary that separates math team kids and fashion gurus. Like you pick one or the other—Parsons or MIT. But when I discovered Polyvore and started using it practically every day (well, before I became loaded with school work), it became indisputable that fashion is a part of me. I may have spent my summer at an engineering camp, and I may not have a style comparable to Alexa Chung’s, but I know too many models (Ginta Lapina anyone?), spend too many hours scouring Tumblr for photos from Miu Miu shoots, and enjoy making sets that mix Chanel purses with contemporary brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim too much to say that I’m not into fashion. And Polyvore allowed me to see that.
As soon as I began making sets on Polyvore, I found it to be too exhilarating, liberating, and obsession-inducing of an activity to let go. Polyvore has given me an outlet where I can take a break from studying and do something else that means just as much to me. Without Polyvore, I’d be a boring studyholic with an incomplete identity. You see, everyone says that the way we dress is an extension of who we are, and Polyvore is the one that introduced me to my current style. In the process of making my sets—exploring all the Polyvore products and finding matching pictures for my looks—I discovered my love for Peter Pan collars, Breton stripes, edgy motorcycle jackets, and Jeffrey Campbells. I found style icons and street style looks to replicate. And because of all the drool-worthy looks that pop up in everyone’s sets, I feel encouraged to try dressing daringly rather than comfortably in simple yoga pants and American Apparel sweat shirts like everyone else in my school does. And when I do so, I don’t feel so foolish anymore because all the likes and sweet comments I get from the supportive Polyvore community has shown me that I’m not completely clueless when it comes to fashion. Polyvore has helped push me out of my shell and try things with my look. And honestly, the reward has been awesome because let's face it....everyone loves a good compliment :)
So yeah. After that long bit, essentially, all I'm trying to say is that Polyvore has been an awesome and truly important part of my life. So I'm very grateful to be part of this community and proud to be a Poly member :)