Freshman year of college is always a year of experimentation.
You experiment with how you wear your hair, how you do your makeup, and how you dress yourself. Not to impress anyone else, but to make yourself happy.
My sense of style in my freshman year was entirely fake. I had fake nails, a fake tan, and extensions on the lower part of my hair.... Not to mention, so much makeup on that I was no longer the one wearing it - it was wearing me.
I was on the train of trying to find myself with new, creative, and fake looks all the time. I called it the Preppy Pop Princess. No, seriously, I totally did. I was going for the Queens version of Blair Waldorf.
Then it became hard to handle. I felt like this identity was just things that I had added to myself, they weren't who I was. I became addicted to maintaining my makeup and nails. The extensions were even harder to control. I wasn’t just experimenting with style anymore, I was simply relying on the fake aspects of myself to feel beautiful.
I had to make a change. A huge change.
Girls and women these days are continuously bombarded with fake things that are supposed to make us “really” confident. We see commercials for makeup every two seconds, Kylie Jenner's new hairstyles are forever in our faces.
The thing is, we should be free to experiement with makeup, nails, hair, clothes and anything else that a girl's heart wants. We should try things out to fully understand in the end what makes us truly happy.
If a girl likes having long nails, she should get 'em. If a girl wants to get longer hair immediately, she should be able to do so. If she wants the new Addidas kicks, she should totally rock them. The only way to truly know about your own identity is to try on different ones.
A fake phase is a must then, for every real girl. Women go through so many changes with their own personal identities, that we don’t just emerge simply into the world with our own uniqueness.
We grow up through different styles and influences, even entire friend groups change personalities together. So, we as women have to start this journey somewhere.
My second year of college I began to really understand what I wanted out of how I looked, not to please the world, but myself. I enjoyed the acrylic nail and a wing tipped eyeliner. However, I proudly threw the extensions into the trash. I grew from it and understood what made my confidence simply fly through the roof.
I learned how to be true to myself, by wearing what haters might consider to be “fake” attributes.
So ladies, wear whatever you want, whether it be fake or real, because personal style evolves with you as a person. Remembering that confidence and a smile is the most important aspect of any outfit.
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