My Personal Style: An Evolution
It is no secret that I love fashion. I’ve loved fashion for a really long time, and I thought I’d share a little bit about my personal style.
My Personal Style:
A lot of people may see loving fashion as a bit materialistic, but for me, fashion, and knowing your own personal style, is so much more than just looking cool and trendy.
Fashion is so much deeper than keeping up with the latest looks. It’s about having a personal style, a look that you identify with. A style you relate to, a style that makes you feel amazing and confident.
It took me a few years to really develop my own sense of style. I’d like to say my style is classic and timeless, as a lot of the pieces I buy can be worn for many years. A lot of the dresses I own are vintage, and I believe that due to the cut, the material and the style, they can be en vogue for a long time.
However, recently I’ve been really loving the fashion trends. I have so much love for 1970s style jeans, bell sleeves, and stripes. Most of the time, when I’ve finished work, I can be found trawling through online shopping sites (most of the time I don’t buy anything, I just put things on my wishlist).
There are actually so many looks and styles that I love at the moment, that my wardrobe is a mishmash of different looks. Some days are miniskirt and loafer days, some are 1940s dresses. It all depends on my mood.
When I first started delving into personal style, I drew up a list of styles that I loved.
This really helped me with purchasing pieces that last a long time in the fashion world. Fast fashion is such a ‘thing’ these days, that I really don’t want to buy items that look dated by the next season.
It really is interesting for me, to see how much my personal style has changed over the years. In University, I was a jeans and converse girl. The skinnier the jeans the better. My converse were bright pink and black high tops. I loved them. I wore them so much that by the time I finished uni they had no soles.
When I started teaching I was really into fishnet tights, vintage dresses and combat boots. A look I really must revisit one day.
I really don’t want to revisit my high school and primary school fashion choices. Let’s just say, the 90s and 2000s were not good fashion years. Hipster jeans were so uncomfortable but I insisted on wearing them.
But here’s a picture of me going through my moody phase in 2015. A time when I thought the more eyeliner, the better (although I am really impressed with my cat eye flicks here…I spent a lot of time watching makeup tutorials that year):
Telling the truth about personal style:
“Never confuse fashion and style. Fashion relies on unattainable looks on women with unrealistic bodies. Style is about utilizing the best aspects of you.” – Stacy London.
I feel that a lot of fashion is unattainable. There are so many people telling women what they must look like, or how they should dress. Because following fashion and looking trendy is so much better than dressing for ourselves (sarcasm). I think there is so much pressure on women to be fashion-forward and to always look her best. There are days when we don’t have the best skin, or we feel a bit frumpy in our clothes. And that is ok. There is so much out there that women can’t attain.
Women are shown that skinny is prettier, and then told that skinny is not pretty. Or women are told to lose weight because they’ll look better. I really think that there are so many people telling women what their bodies should look like when really, your body is your own. Nobody should be telling you to change your body shape. Because it isn’t any of their damn business.
Sociologist, Dr Ruth Quibell says that we should experiment to “… strengthen our social selves, our character, rather than simply letting our uniforms do the talking. To do this, we might avoid fashion for a while – to experiment with style, rather than what’s “now”.”
Being a blogger, I now see so many more women with their own personal style, and that is something I find really inspiring. I think being able to dress the way you want is so powerful and brave. There are always going to be those haters out there who complain about your style choices because they don’t fit into society. Or they are different.
People are scared of different.
Now, to finish on a light note, I have decided to share a few of my earliest blogging ootd photos with you (reminder: I started my original blog in 2012 #noregrets).
It’s really been a laugh going through those photos. I still have that old blog, so reading my posts really makes me realise how far I’ve come (and some have given me inspiration – e.g. I used to have a vintage fashion series and baking series..may reinvent them!).
As you can see, when I first started taking outfit photos, I used my sister’s room. The only room with a full-length mirror. I never removed the bags and exercise bands (for physio purposes) from the door handles because #lazy.