Today, I am going to tell you a story.
I have always been a girlie-girl. When I was a tot, I loved playing dress-up and wearing plastic, glittery heels with my flowing princess gowns. Every day of kindergarten, I would open my closet and select one of my cotton dresses to wear to school. Other kids asked me why I always wore dresses instead of jeans. And my answer? “I like dresses.”
If you flash forward to high school, things haven’t changed much. I wake up in the morning, and I look forward to putting on my dress and high heels. Why? It makes me feel good.
I know that sneakers are more comfortable than heels. I still wear sneakers and flats all the time. But on the days when I want to dress up, I dress up. I don’t care what other people think of my outfits because I like them and they make me happy. But that wasn’t always the case.
In middle school, all I cared about was what other people thought of me. I would go shopping with my mom and pick out unique, beautiful garments, only to hide them in my closet because I was afraid to wear them to school. Instead, I wore the uniform of jeans, boots, and Aeropostale t-shirts because that’s what everyone else wore.
Luckily, I came to my senses and figured out that I didn’t care about opinions that weren’t my own more than I cared about wearing clothes that made me happy. So, I started wearing my colorful scarves, my retro jackets, and my preppy skirts.
And you know what? It was the best thing I ever did.
I just committed to my college, where I will be studying fashion merchandising. I know fashion isn’t going to save the world, but it did save me. Fashion gives me a reason to be myself. Fashion gives me a way to be creative. And fashion gives me the opportunity to wear that perfect outfit that makes me feel confident.
I cringe when I think back to those days when I would read fashion blogs for hours at home, and then contemplate my style because it didn’t fit in with everyone else’s. Fashion is about feeling good in what you are wearing. Some days, that’s my Adidas and my favorite hoodie. Other days, it’s high-heeled boots and a printed dress. And that is the beauty of fashion- you get to choose. You decide what you wear and how you wear it. You decide which outfit will make you feel happiest today.
Sometimes, my house slippers make me feel happy to wear. Other times, my ballet flats. But when I know I will feel happiest in my high heels, I wear those babies loud and proud.
And that, my friends, is why I wear high heels.