My style defines who I am both personally and professionally. From the fields of the farm I grew up on to the sidewalks of downtown Fargo, I’ve got the perfect outfit for any occasion. Whether I’m just walking a few blocks to work or going out with friends, I can never get enough of unlocking the key to a killer combination of clothes from my closet.
It might seem strange at first to think about how my personal style relates to my professional career, but at the heart of what I wear are strong, defining experiences. Just like the job experiences listed on my resume, each piece of clothing I own can be traced back to pivotal moments in my life.
One such moment, while long past, remains as a vivid memory in my mind. My great grandma Annabelle’s house was like a museum to be explored and enjoyed. I can still remember the contents of every room, from the pool table in the basement to the bright red leather chair in the living room.
But the memory that sticks with me most is one of the walk-in closet just off her bedroom upstairs. Inside, the closet was overflowing with glamorous outfits in every color-except yellow which she hated. I can still remember how inconceivable it was that someone had lived such a storied and stylish life.
It’s profound to think about how one woman impacted my entire life even after she left this world. The same could be said about the women who are still in my life, most notably my grandma and my mom. Both have been making decisions for me about my style in the form of gifts for so long it’s impossible to distinguish what I’ve chosen and what they have chosen for me.
My mom has been nudging me towards a cool, preppy style that focuses on simplicity. From the few suits I own to the backpack I wear daily, my style owes a lot to her. And my grandma who defined my style best as a champagne taste on a beer budget, allows me to live my style dreams. While I can’t describe each and every way they’ve impacted my style, it’s humbling to know that I’m the result of my predecessors, and I’ll never forget that.