Beautiful nursing student Valeria Vital was walking out of the library on a sunny Thursday afternoon looking fabulous in a nouveau ‘90s outfit. Valeria wore a wife pleaser (known in other circles for its more offensive name ‘wife beater’) Fender guitar tank top, which was a gift from her Aunt Nelly who works at a sweatshop and gets a bunch of free shirts. Her tank top was tucked in to a green khaki mini skirt from the Goodwill. Valeria adds attitude to her outfit with black floral tights from H&M and a jean jacket from Ross.
She saved up to buy her Dr. Martens when she was 15. “My mom wouldn’t buy them for me because she said they were man shoes. Everyone makes fun of me saying they are commander boots.”
The inspiration comes from seeing Drew Barrymore in “The Wedding Singer” pair her Dr. Martens with a floral dress. “When I saw her wearing them I thought, ‘I need to have those one day.’”
Valeria accessorizes with a brown leather belt she found in the Phelan donation bin. She wears a beaded necklace from her friend Melissa Garcia, a twisted silver ring from her best friend Sarah Marquez and a gold leaf ring she received on her quinceañera. “I love this ring and I wear it everyday, expect for when I’m in clinical.”
On her ears, Valeria wears earrings made of strands of peacock feathers that she received from her favorite roommate and on the upper part of her ear she has a silver bar. “I got this industrial piercing as a freshman as my independence mark because my mother hates it,” she said.
“I don’t think my style has changed much since I was 12,” Valeria said and cites Gloria Trevi as a fashion icon. “I’ve loved her since I was eight. She is like the Mexican Madonna and I feel like I dress funky like her.”