Fashion at Nova

    Originality is a major influence in Nova and is very clearly present. Examples of this can be seen in the hallways through hanging art, in classrooms through projects, ideas and completed assignments, through the music many students create; but most obviously, through the clothing and style choices made by our students. In this article we focus on this unique version of self expression and ask our students what fashion means to them and how/ if clothing affects their self esteem, performance etc.



Erin

We began by asking ourselves the same questions we would be asking. First, we asked Erin about her inspirations.

    Where do your outfit inspirations come from?
    “My outfit inspirations come from everywhere. Mostly people I see around me or online, but I take inspirations from my surroundings too. Especially colors, I think I get really inspired by different colors.”

    What made you choose the items you’re wearing?
    “I decided to wear this outfit because I’m sort of sad about the cold weather so I wanted to wear a really cool outfit to make myself more happy about it all. I’m also just really into primary colors”

    Is fashion an important aspect of your life? How so?

    “Fashion is really important to me. I think it’s the best and only way I really know how to express myself.”

    Do you think that self expression is important as a teenager? How So?
    “I definitely think so because this is the perfect time to be figuring out who you are and what you like. When you’re young, you gotta try out a bunch of different shit to figure out the shit that’s your shit.”

    Do you think that what you’re wearing affects how you feel about yourself?
    “Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!! If I look good, I feel good.”

    If you could purchase any clothing piece, what would it be?
    “If I could purchase one clothing piece, it would be the perfect pair of jeans that never lose shape. Or a really cool sweater. I don’t know what it would look like, but I think i would know when I saw it.”

    How do you think what you’re wearing impacts your performance at school?
    “Yes, because when I feel like I look good, I am more confident and I feel like I can accomplish more.”

    Next, we asked Izzy. Both of us are relatively interested in fashion and aware of current trends, so we thought the comparison between our answer could turn out to be really interesting.



Izzy


    Who is a fashion icon for you?
    I don’t really have anyone specific.. I get a lot of inspiration from social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter etc. but it comes from multiple sources.

    Is fashion an important aspect of your life? How so?
    Totally. Fashion plays a role in my life everyday. We can’t walk around naked, so even getting ready is an example i guess.

    Do you think that self expression is important as a teenager? How So?
    Self expression is super important at any age. Originality is what makes you, you.

    Do you think that what you’re wearing affects how you feel about yourself?
    In some ways, yes. If I walk into class wearing stiletto heels and and fur coat paired with a gucci belt i’d definitely feel more confident than if i wore pajamas. That being said, my self worth isn’t lowered just because i’m wearing slippers.. I just might not feel as comfortable with being as outgoing.

    What image of yourself do you want to portray with your fashion/ what does your fashion say about you?
    I hope that my personal style reflects my personality and creativity.

    If you could purchase any clothing piece, what would it be?
    Easy, a pink Gucci fox fur coat.

    After comparing Erin’s and Izzy’s answers, we came to the conclusion that we both have a similar, strong opinion that fashion is a positive creative outlet. Ruby didn’t want to be interviewed but said she also agreed. We then wandered the hallways in search of other student to interview. We wanted to incorporate many different styles and students from different backgrounds.


Lyle

    Do you have any outfit inspirations?    
    Umm.. I like people who dress like very archaic. Like people who find things at thrift stores and stuff that are like really weird and kind of have a history. I think that’s really interesting.

    Do you have any fashion icons or like celebrities that inspire you?
    Michael Cera

    What made you choose the items that you’re wearing today?
    I just wanted to be comfortable, and it’s really cold outside.

    Is fashion an important aspect of your life?
    Yeah. I think it is if it’s functional and cool. If it looks like it has a story then I think yeah.

    Do you feel like self-expression is important as a teenager?
    Yeesss! Cause I feel like it’s the only time that it’s appropriate to do that, and then you’re an adult.



Emerald


    What do you strive for in an outfit?
    Practicality.

    Do you think self expression is important as a teenager?
    YES. It’s important because while you’re a teenager you can separate yourself from your family. Part of that involves personhood and style.

    If you could purchase any clothing piece what would it be?
    A ringmail cloak.. It’s cheaper than chainmail but provides just as much protection.



Kitty

    Would you say that fashion is an important aspect of your life?
    Uh, yeah! Because it lets me express who I am as a person.
    (Noice - Izzy)

    Do you think self expression is important as a teenager?
    Yes I think it’s important because I think it can show how you think and how you feel comparatively to everybody else, cause for the most part we’re all put in like a tiny little box and it gives us room to explore within said box.

    What image of yourself do you want to portray with your fashion?
    I want to portray a boss ass bitch because I’m fabulous.

    Good answer. If you could purchase any clothing piece, what would it be?
    Multi-colored fishnets.

    Overall, Nova’s fashion scene is awesome. People can express themselves however they feel and show to the world their amazing creativity and genius ideas!

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