Sunday, May 9, 2010

Undergrad slob to refined Graduate Student?

Have you ever watched an episode of Glee and wondered, "Why can't I be more like Kurt?" Or looked at red carpet photos and wished that real people dressed like that? I'm taking the opportunity of college graduation to reinvent myself into the fashionista that I've always wanted to be. No more weeks of t-shirts, jeans, and pony tails. I want to have a style that others marvel at.

I'm starting this blog to chronicle my transformation. As a grad student I will have lots of opportunities to show off my (future) fashion sense: classes, internships, nights out. I'd like to blend my own frivolous style with the professional look I'll be required to adopt once those internships start.

To start, I'm revamping my wardrobe. I've gone through my closet and gotten rid of everything I haven't worn in a year or more...If throwing out all these old clothes makes you queasy, don't worry! First of all they're all being donated, of course, and secondly, I own a lot of clothing! I needed the space! I did salvage some pieces that could have promise (I'll be blogging about that experience next time).

Anyway...this will make room for NEW CLOTHES! I've made a Polyvore spread to help myself visualize how I should build my wardrobe with basics.

Now all I need is some money to start building up those foundations...huh. One of the annoying things about being a college student (especially one who is soon to be studying library science) is that you're pretty broke most of the time. No worries. I intend to do some serious thrifting this summer, and a lot of shopping at Marshall's.

In addition to reporting my own ideas and discoveries, I will be blogging about fashion news (the kind I'm interested in anyway) and hopefully even getting in touch with some more experienced fashion gurus who can help me on my way.

Wish me luck!

"Every moment of your life is an opportunity for fashion." --Kurt Hummel, Glee

I'll keep this fabulous picture of Chris Colfer as inspiration on my journey.


  1. Closet-cleanings are the best, and kudos on going for a new style! It's so fun to redefine yourself. oh and if you're looking for basics and don't mind secondhand stuff, checkout, I've gotten a lot of cute pieces off that site.

  2. I love this idea! I've been trying to do this, well to be honest I'm always revamping my closet :P I love your 'revamping the wardrobe essentials'!
    Good luck!

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  3. Thanks Renee and Ire A for your comments!
    I will definitely checkout

  4. Good luck on your quest! I've always found to have some great accessories.



  5. nice first post, and good luck!

  6. I will be watching your site and wishing you luck, as I will be starting a grad program in library science this fall as well!

  7. Great idea for a blog! I am a newly admitted grad student as well and have been thinking the same thing--that now is the time to redefine my style--here's to days without that unholy undergrad trinity of jeans, tees and hoodies!

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  9. This is a late comment but I just randomly came across your blog. I've been a perpetual student -- did grad school immediately after undergrad, spend a little longer working on a Masters degree (with the intent of doing a PhD), quit for a few years, and now going back for that PhD. Although I did spend 2 years in the "real world," the majority of my clothes are still "college student-esque" with the exception of cute weekend pieces and "going-out" clothes, which I can't bring to academia.

    Lately, I've just been sick of LOOKING (and feeling) like a "college bum," especially now being 28 years old and my friends in industry are all lookin cute and making money. I am currently also revamping my wardrobe, trying to incorporate cute fashionable pieces into the conversative and mundaneness of academic culture (esp my field - the medical sciences). So I can relate!!!! Came across your blog...

    I'm sorting my closet and suitcases today, getting rid of clothes I haven't worn in years, and also clothes that are just too "babyish", and looking forward to getting new "professional-student" looking pieces!