In 6th grade, I was still wearing clothes my mom bought me from Old Navy. This was before kids clothing brands made real skinny jeans for boys so I settled for "slim fit" instead.
This is the infamous hoodie that I thought would impress boys. It had thumb holes on the sleeves and a hood that zipped all the way to cover your face.
Yet another graphic hoodie with thumb holes. 7th grade Angelo thought the black, white and purple combination looked good.
I thought graphic t-shirts with funky designs were the coolest thing. I even thought I would become a graphic designer specifically for t-shirts.
This was taken in the Philippines during the summer of 2008. It was also the summer of buying v-neck t-shirts.
In 8th grade, I discovered the cardigan thanks to a YouTuber I followed at the time.
Here is me in my freshman dorm room at Indiana University. The shirt I'm wearing was bought at the tattoo and piercing shop where I got my nose pierced (not pictured because it's flipped up inside my nose). I looked like Hades from Disney's "Hercules."
These overalls were bought at a vintage store in Indianapolis. They were originally much longer so I put my sewing skills to work. This was my first time wearing them out at a music festival, and several people asked me for a picture of my look.
Sometimes developing a style involves stealing or copying. My boyfriend Mathew has an expensive, genuine suede moto jacket like this one. Mine is from Forever 21 and made of polyester. I try to avoid fast fashion as much as I can, so this is the only Forever 21 garment I own.
On the rare occasion that I get to wear a suit, I really like to dress up. This was my Sunday best for Easter in Nashville, Tennessee in 2018.
I'm a sucker for colored lighting. This was taken at the 2018 Third Coast Conference in Chicago. My friend Sophia and I put extensive planning into our outfits for this conference.
I had not been to the Philippines in 10 years when this picture was taken. This is what we call a "glow up."