A Q&A with Sydney Pesaturo
Sydney Pesaturo has made herself a pinnacle of the fashion scene here on campus. The senior fashion merchandising and management major has been a part of POLISHED for five semesters, climbing through the ranks until she eventually landed the Creative Director position. She leads POLISHED, she sets up events, and she has a great sense of personal style: she is probably the most qualified person to give fashion advice on this campus. Here is an inside look at her style and experiences in the industry.
Q: How would you define your personal style?
A: I would define my personal style as nature meets streetwear. Every day I want to look good and feel comfortable. I achieve this by wearing clothes that aren’t too tight, earth tones, and minimal accessories. I am a stylist, so I am constantly layering new looks and sourcing new items for my personal wardrobe.
Q: How has your style developed over the years?
A: My style has developed alongside my creativity over the years. I do not buy from everyday retailers, I only thrift my clothing, buy from my friends’ brands or make it myself. This has influenced my style to change over the years because I am able to come up with new ideas and fit the clothing to my body exactly how I want it. Knowing how to sew, crochet, and knit is a perk because I can feel comfortable and confident in what I am wearing. Limiting my fashion choices can be challenging because I am not easily persuaded by fast fashion. Sourcing clothing ethically is more important to me than buying for convenience or affordability.
Q: What are your favorite fashion trends, current or old?
A: I personally don’t like trendy fashion, and it is hard for me to keep up with it. I like to think I create my own trends. My favorite pieces I have been seeing though are handmade items such as crochet or knitted garments. These are timeless because there are so many combinations and freedom for creativity through this art form.
Q: Do you have a favorite staple clothing item? If so, what is it?
A: My favorite staple clothing item are long skirts. Long skirts are so easy to wear, they are comfortable, and I look good in them. I enjoy pairing a long skirt with a flowy top or something handmade to create different textures in my outfit.
Q: Who are your fashion influences?
A: My friends are my favorite fashion influencers. I am not huge on luxury designers, so I get most of my inspiration from the people around me. Most of my friends have their own brands, and it’s always interesting to see what they are making and what their visions are.
Q: What is your biggest piece of fashion advice?
A: My biggest piece of advice for someone starting out in the industry is to stick to your vision and follow your gut. Set standards for yourself and excel every time. Don’t give up…seriously. Life throws so many challenges at us, but if you can overcome them and still complete your goals, you can get through anything. Be extremely resourceful with your fabrics, sewing machines, and operations. Seek sustainable methods like thrifting or receiving clothing donations. Be smart and try not to listen too much to critique from outsiders. Only you know what you want and how to get there. Practice your passion every day. You must practice and struggle to produce a successful outcome.