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How I’m Staying Inspired: Abby Ayes

This Marshall University FIDM Fashion Club President fills us in on Fit Friday.

How are you personally staying inspired right now? I think that especially with COVID-19, it has been a bit harder to think of different ways to stay inspired. Something I like to do is talk to the people around me and get their opinions and ideas. FIDM Fashion Club helps me stay inspired and think of ways to be creative. [For example] we have Fit Friday. One of my executive members, Rachel Ferrel the Vice President, actually came up with the name, so I thought that it was really cute and would work on Fridays. We ask the club members to send in their favorite fits, or outfits, for that week and we post about 7-10 on Instagram. They are mostly just garments that we already have, but I am hoping to get to a point where members can make their own clothing. 

Marshall University FIDM Fashion Club President and Members
FC President Abby Ayes (far right) and Club Members model their favorite looks for FIT Fridays.

Have you held any virtual FIDM Fashion Club meetings? As of right now, we are only holding virtual meetings. We are hoping that when the weather clears up and school gets back to normal we can do some in-person events, socially distanced, of course, because of COVID-19. I have them structured in a way that everyone can share their ideas and opinions to get the club to be the best that it can be. 

Are there specific brands or personalities you admire who are showing leadership during this health crisis? I definitely like Ava Jules. She is an Instagram and YouTube influencer and speaks to body positivity during a time when I know a lot of people’s confidence isn’t the best. Her outfits are so cute as well, so that’s a plus, and she lives in Hawaii. I also like Hannah Meloche. She is on YouTube and does a lot of vintage inspired outfits. I really like a lot of the content that she creates.

How would you describe your style? I would describe my fashion as very colorful and girly. I do like some 2000’s inspired looks as well. Someone that I really look up to is Britney Spears as a fashion icon of the early 2000s. It was really unique what she did with a lot of her looks. What got me interested in fashion is that there are so many ways that you can put pieces together to create different looks. It’s a way that you can show your own personality through your clothing and accessories. I think that I would be a good stylist, rather than a designer, because I do really like looking at the potential of certain pieces and seeing how I can create different outfits or styles for events and projects. 

How are you recruiting for FIDM Fashion Club? At my college campus there aren’t a lot of clubs centered around fashion. We have a Women’s Empowerment club, but it is not really the same. Once I figured out that there was a club that I could start, I realized that a lot of people would be interested. I got my friends in Greek life, and people who are off-campus, since a lot of our meetings are online. I am trying to get as many people as I can from all kinds of different backgrounds and styles to contribute to the club. We don’t want it to be a cookie-cutter type thing. We want it to be a place for all kinds of diversity.

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