“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” -Coco Chanel

During one of my roommate’s class discussion last semester, a professor asked a girl from New York what her impression of Midwestern-ers was before she came to University of Michigan.  Her immediate answer was “know nothing about fashion”.  This statement is more or less true.

Having attended a respected public high school in an affluent neighborhood, the majority of fashion, whether dressed up or dressed down, was relatively done with taste.  Which marks my surprise when I started college, and the daily fashion was scrubs.  For someone that doesn’t even own sweats, this was appalling to me.  When I wear heels, people stare.  I don’t dare bring out stilettos.  When I wear a dress, people ask where I am going out.  When the over-the-knee boots trend started, even my fashion editor admitted she hated the fact that people looked at her funny as she wore hers around campus.

At SHEI magazine, we aim to revolutionize this Midwestern stereotype.  Our street style blog is inspired by The Sartoralist, capturing the unique and diverse style Ann Arbor has to offer.

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