Brooke Pinkston, a Gavilan student, might have just celebrated her 21st birthday, but has already learned how to celebrate her body type by wearing clothes that make her feel comfortable and flatter her figure.
Gilroy Patch caught up with her and asked a few fashion questions.
Gilroy Patch: Have you ever lived anywhere else besides Gilroy, and how would you compare the style?
Pinkston: I lived in New York for almost a year and I would say it is more upscale and conservative. They wear solid black and businesswear. And here everyone is super casual. It's just a chill California kind of thing.
Patch: Can you describe what you are wearing today?
Pinkston: I'm wearing a summer peach colored full skirt, a striped tee, and a tri-blend cardigan from American Apparel and H&M shoes.
Patch: Where do you like to shop for clothes?
Pinkston: I like Salvation Army. I like going to San Jose a lot to shop too, stores like Black and Brown, Moon Zoom, Crossroads and those kinds of stores.
Patch: Do you have any style icons?
Pinkston: I kind of like Megan Fox because she has a simple, super pretty look but then she still has her edgy side where she wears her rocker tees and leggings and she has her tattoos, so it's not super predictable, the difference between her look and her style.
Patch: How do you feel about the transition from colder weather to warm weather clothing?
Pinkston: I just like all of the pastel-y colors. I like the trasition from winter to summer because you can wear warm colors and it's just a good feeling, more laid back. I can finally start wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
Patch: What do you typically wear to the beach?
Pinkston: Cutoff shorts with a crop top with my bathing suit underneath.
Patch: Do you dress differently at school than you do anywhere else?
Pinkston: I feel like I have split personalities from school to work. At school I wear stuff like a thrifted Iron Maiden shirt I got and a studded vest with leggings. It's totally different than at work. I dress more cute and girly.
Patch: How do you feel about Gilroy fashion?
Pinkston: A lot of people are like, "It's all about comfort," but it's their thing I guess. You can dress casually and still look cute, it's all about how you carry yourself. If you're confident, you will feel comfortable. And the thing people are most uncomfortable with is probably the best thing about them like, if you have great legs, why not show them off?
Patch: So then, do you have any advice for people like that who are gearing up for summer weather fashion?
Pinkston: Just do it. Stop looking at the people in the magazines. If you look around, not everybody looks like a Seventeen cover model. I was always super self conscious, I thought all the magazine people looked how I wanted to look. That’s not how the world is. Those cover models have personal trainers, or they don’t eat period. Or they are someohow magically like that. You have to learn how to accept your body type and embrace it.