Fashion is so personal, yet our sense of style is constantly up for question.
I knew from the moment that I set up my Instagram, it was not going to be centred on me and my wardrobe.
I’m a little too simplistic and often behind on the trends. I don’t live for fashion weeks and Vogue’s September issue. Likewise with makeup, my beauty looks reflect my moment in life and not the surroundings on the editorial photos.
It took me a long time to just choose an outfit and say… this is me.
I was use to not being asked where I purchased my clothing. I was use to glossing through magazines and realising that my choices were not on the menu for what they recommended.
So when I receive a message that says I have good style, it’s shocking. Because style icons today are Carrie Bradshaw manifestations; unique items mixed that somehow appear chic.
And I admire women who can put together pieces and have it almost considered as art. I love the Pinterest boards where I see edgy and fun combinations put collectively in a sleek way.
But as much as I spent time trying to emulate, it’s not true. I wouldn’t feel comfortable.
If your style is minimal, you can often be considered boring. I think Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel revolutionised classic designs. They gave a neutral colour palette a fierce voice.
Of course they are two of my icons in fashion. While I don’t dress as effectively as they did, their sense of style helped me find confidence in mine.
Despite the joy of social-media, the dark side can be insecurity. Also however, it can be the root of destruction in a perfectionists mind.
My perfectionism is a voice – all wall if you will, continually blocking what I try to accept.
Some days I feel fantastic. And others – ok my confidence is there and I’m not caring about other opinion; except I see something.
‘What if I should be more edgy?
Before I know it, I’m in competition with two sections of my brain.
In our attempts to have it all, see it all and do it all, we get weighed down by the fact that we might not be it all.
Its marketing secret to make us purchase; put a concept to us that we didn’t consider, and tell us that it’s essential.
I believe in trends and I think that they keep fashion relevant. We need to keep up on designers and pave the way for new inspiration.
On the other hand, we need to stop being so judgemental on our own sense of style.
Always wanting what we don’t have. I’ve myself found before bulk buying inexpensive clothes in an attempt to keep up with the latest.
Or using the internet first to tell me what’s a good dress or where should I buy my boots.
If we bear in mind that everything – my blog, yours and the next person’s, is all creative input. In a world that’s painted with created. Get comfortable with your style by realising that there’s no wrong or right.
There’s your wrong or right and there’s experimentation that can go either way.
How would you define your sense of style?
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