Times are rough. Money is scarce. College loans are many, and jobs are few. We live in a hard, callous world, where teens like us—teens with certain creative inclinations—towards, let’s say Dolce & Gabbana, find it difficult to believe that they will ever obtain the beautiful golden-lace top they saw whilst passing by the windows of Bergdorf. They find their efforts to be in vain, and that the top made in a hot and crumbling workshop somewhere in Sicily, imported to the cool marble showcases of Bergdorf’s, will never be their own.

But my creative friends, there is a solution to our seemingly impenetrable problem. We must find beauty and satisfaction for golden lace in other uncharted territories. We must find our golden lace maybe in the frills of a placemat, or in the lace of a tablecloth. Readers, I have not lost all judgement and sense, rather I have found an economical solution. Why spend $2000 on a top, when you can make your own for a mere $2? Maybe the craftsmanship or quality is not equal—but the beauty, the essential draw is. And even moreover, you will now not only have the golden lace you desired, but your own unique flair to it.

So embrace not the Givenchy slippers for $1500, but those very slippers that were lying in the back of your closet for years on end, that Givenchy happened to copy.

Embrace what you can do with the simplest and most common of items, for you never know what will come out of it.

But after all that jargon—in all seriousness—style lies in the ability to be distinctly your own. Not to follow what you are told to do by Vogue or by Fashion Week, but to do what feels comfortable—to slip into your shoes knowing that those are the shoes you want to wear because they fit into every puzzle piece that is your style. Now, your style may very well fit in with the present trends. I am not by any means telling you to counter and revolt against the trends put forth (wouldn’t that be hypocritical since this is a fashion magazine?), but those are simply loose guidelines and suggestions. Identifying your personal style is most often a hard task that takes years or even a life time to come by. I find that my own style has been shifting and molding constantly. But I have found that my eye gravitates towards things that liken to my dreams, to my likes and dislikes, to my experiences, and most importantly to my memories—maybe that is why I am so drawn to the ancient mesh slippers I’ve been wearing all summer. Currently, I’ve found myself in a phase of self-constructed clothing—finding beauty in either a Dolce top or a self-made top from household items. I now look at an article of clothing and see if it singularly pulls me in—rather than looking at the label. My grandmother always lectures me on a mantra pertaining to both food AND clothing. She has forever instilled in my mind that I can make as many dishes and meals out of a single chicken, and that I can make as many unique outfits out of a cloth as I want, as long as creativity lies within. Maybe the very ability I have to create with these dollar store items is what attracts me to them. Or maybe it’s their eccentricity—they are so common in one sphere of people’s lives, but so foreign in another. But then again I might have simply overstocked on mesh slippers and now need an outlet of use for them.

                                                                     Thanks for reading!

Creative Director: Nikole Naloy

Photographer: Marissa Fey

Website: http://www.marissafeyphotography.com/  Email: marissa@marissafeyphotography.com

Model: Via Pouget