The typical college uniform usually includes a random array of clothes hastily thrown on. Sometimes students step out of that box and choose to express their own unique style amidst the rush of college life.
Junior Crystal Powell does that.
“Sometimes I’ll wear some really out-of-the-box stuff, that’s just how I express myself, through how I dress” Powell said.
Powell transferred from Colorado Northwestern. She describes her style as more experimental than set to a certain vibe. She credits Colorado for her ever changing style.
“That’s where I kinda started expressing myself more, because people wear more like ‘What are you wearing’ type of things over there” Powell said.
Powell said her style inspiration is Rihanna because of her confident choices in clothing.
“I love her for how free she is, she doesn’t really care how it might seem to others,” Powell said.
Powell is a biology major with plans to move on to a dental hygiene program after graduation. She draws and paints in her free time.
“My mom is just like, ‘Why don’t you just go to art school or something?’” Powell said.
But she is not interested in pursuing her current artistic talents full time. Her end goal is to go to dentistry school and do cosmetic work on teeth.
“They can totally change the way a person’s smile looks. I just think it’s another art form” Powell said.
An additional art form she wants to explore is clothing design. Powell has hopes to start making her own clothes in the future. She has started buying patterns and fabric, drawing sketches and even got a sewing machine.
“I have so many ideas and I can’t find them in stores, so I might as well make my own stuff,” she said.
She plans to make a pair of ‘80’s inspired patterned flare pants.
Powell says style matters to her. She says she follows fashion blogs on Instagram to get a glimpse into new styles. She also keeps an open mind about clothes.
“I don’t think anything is totally ugly, I see it and I think ‘Okay that’s just not for me,’” Powell said.
Her fashion advice to anyone wanting to up their style game is creativity.
“Be creative. Don’t care what other people think. At the end of the day what matters is that you are comfortable in what you are wearing,” she said.
This story first appeared in the February 1, 2018 issue of The Vantage.