Regardless of whether we’d like to believe it, how we present ourselves on the outside says an awful lot about the type of people we are on the inside. If you are someone who puts even a bit of thought and effort into putting yourself together each morning, then you translate to others that you take pride in your image and have confidence in your character. Just think, you wouldn’t show up to a job interview in an old sweatshirt with your hair undone, so why should any other day be different? Every day is an opportunity to bring out your best appearance and deliver your best impression.
Senior communication studies major Ana Pereira is a woman with “a mission to look good.” While she may not be loud in tone, she certainly makes up for it in style.
What are you wearing?
My dress is from Urban Outfitters, my shoes are from Nine West, and the stockings I bought from The Limited.
How would you characterize your style?
I associate my style with my eclectic music taste. I’m a very big music fan. I’ll listen to everything from The Allman Brothers Band to Lil Wayne. I don’t have a defined style.
How has your style evolved over the years?
In high school, my style would change drastically about every other month. I went through a punk phase, a Baby Phat princess phase … I was definitely experimental. I discovered what I did and did not want to wear. I was finding myself.
What attracts you to fashion?
Fashion is expressive. I love the New York City and London fashion culture. I love people who have the mission to look good. I like to dress up, and I like looking put-together.
What else do you love most about fashion?
There’s no right or wrong in fashion. You can do what you want to do.
Do you like to stand out with your style?
Yes, absolutely. It is my goal in a sense. I’m not one to blend in. I’m not a loud person, so it’s my way of setting myself apart from people. My style isn’t over-the-top, but it doesn’t go unnoticed.
How do you go about standing out with your look?
I’m always trying to step outside the box. I love when people are almost amused by what I’m wearing. I still don’t completely understand fashion — it’s something that I’m learning. I like to feed off other people and be inspired by what they’re wearing.
Do you envision yourself with a career in fashion?
I want to start out with wedding planning, but I would love to work in the entertainment industry — with music or fashion. I would never want to be a celebrity. Well, maybe a B-list celebrity.