Thursday, January 17, 2013

True Meaning of Style

After interning all semester at Stylelikeu, I have a new found sense of what personal style truly means. I used to have this idea in my head that style was all about the trends and wearing what is considered popular. After a few months with Stylelikeu, however, I have learned that it is the complete opposite. Style is about wearing what you love and feel the most ‘you’ in. It is not about pleasing society. It is about pleasing yourself. Styleliku is all about showcasing people with fantastic personal style and make it their mission to break the mold of normalcy. I decided it would be cool to showcase someone that tries to break that mold. 

On that note, I’d like you all to meet Nick Stacy. I met Nick a few weeks ago at a really good friend’s concert, and no, this friend is shockingly not from New York! Nick comes from the tiny town I come from in Midwest Ohio. After meeting him my faith in the people of Ohio personal style was restored. He does not let society define him and I find that completely inspiring.  He wears just what he wants when he wants to.

When I come home I am normally surrounded by jeans, t-shirts, and an occasional hipster flannel. I am not saying that there are not people with good style in my lovely home state, but it is not as prominent of an issue as it is in New York. Meeting Nick, however, was a breath of fresh air. He is not a guy that hides behind the jeans and sneaker style that most men posses around these parts. It is almost like if the Spice Girls and David Bowie had a baby you would get Nick. By pairing he white platform shoes with the American flag sweatshirt and jacket he was able to spice up an outfit that people would sometimes classify as “normal.” His next outfit was a tad more avant garde. He paired a fantastic pair of Jeffrey Campbell platforms (that I considered stealing from him) with a fantastic fur jacket.

I found it so refreshing that he is not afraid to be himself no matter what judgments will be passed on him when he goes out. He does not worry about pleasing the person down the street with how he dresses.  “The more confident I am and comfortable with myself the more I can just wear it out in public and not care. I think it is important to just be who you are and not really care what other people think because at the end of the day you have to go back to you.” 

  He is the inspiration I have been searching for the last few months. I am so tired of people trying to hide in a confined box of conformity. People all around us are constantly concerned about pleasing the ones around them with how they look. Nick does the exact opposite of most people. He doesn’t let society put him in a box for how he “should” dress. He marches to the beat of his own drum and he owns it. I hope to someday be as confident as him.

Meeting him and hearing his story restored my faith in the men in northeast Ohio. He really shows that you do not need to let where you live affect the way you dress. He does not let the judgments of others change him. 

Nick can teach us all a very valuable lesson. It doesn't matter if we please the people around us with how we dress and who we are. The only thing that matters in life is being happy with yourself. Nick shows us the importance of personal style. He is dressing for himself and to make him happy. No one else matters, and I think that this is a very lesson that everyone should hear. 

Thank you all for reading! 

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