I have never been one to follow trends dictated to me by ‘stuffy fashion types’ and have always been a firm believer in ‘dressing for yourself’ rather than others. And those sentiments still ring true today; in this day and age we have become homogeneous in our ‘fashion creativity’, merging into one, rather than being unique in the way that we present our personal style. Everywhere you go you see ‘Instagram beauties’ with the same makeup, wearing the same tight fitting clothing and the collectiveness of such a ‘fashion type’ is really quite eerie. When did we stop distinguishing ourselves from the crowd, when did we think it would be ok to copy the style of others and pass it off as our own? That’s why fashion is constantly recycled from eras past because we appear to have lost the ability to find our ‘fashion feet’ and think outside of the box. In the 2000’s we wore updated 90’s minis and teamed it with classic ‘noughties’ tack, while the 90’s was still head first into the 80’s. None of this poses an issue of course, after all borrowing ‘style’ from centuries past is nothing new but what is problematic is the fact that we have to ‘wear’ what society deems as on ‘trend’. In reality trends come and go, but reading columns that state ‘oh that dress was so last season’ or don’t buy those shoes because they look like they belong to the sixties is a load of crap. I discovered fashion when I was 14 years old; a typical uniform would be either a stripey jumper, skinny jeans and uggs or a cami, mini skirt and leggings combo because those were the outfit variations that I was most comfortable in at the time. It certainly wasn’t because Vogue was telling me it was cool to wear ‘uggs’ and as my fashion tastes changed I developed new ways of implementing my own personal style.
As I was still at school, I worked a low paid part time job in a hotel waitressing to make that coin so I could buy new clothes to show off at ‘mufti days’ or at sixth form during class. I had very little money but that didn’t mean that I couldn’t still be stylish; I got creative and often turned dresses into skirts by layering a basic t-shirt on top or in some cases turned a skirt into a top, because I loved nothing better than experimenting with fashion.Now, our fashion tastes have become so ‘fast paced’ that we seem to have lost that creativity or buzz to ‘play around’ with the way we style our clothing. Even I find that my fashion creativity can sometimes be stunted and this is because we have this ‘shopping’ or materialistic themed world at our fingertips that has conditioned us into forgetting how to find and maintain our own personal style. After all critics say that fashion is meant to be representative of our ‘identity’ but how can it be a representation of self if we all look the same? Something doesn’t add up here. As much as I love Instagram, social media has definitely altered our perception and even construction of fashion. We see trends and automatically think we will get more ‘likes’ and comments, maybe even a shoutout if we buy that exact same outfit and tag the brands featured. As bloggers this has become ingrained in the construction of our social identities and its safe to say that we are in danger of all looking and acting the same.
But how do we break out of this cage of our own making? It can start small, think about what makes you different. Whether that be an aesthetic or personal difference, learning to accept and embrace our unique traits can shine through our ‘fashion identities’. In my case I ‘don’t follow fashion trends’, like to ‘overdress for any occasion’ and usually use colour as a focal point of every outfit. I am never going to be the most original ‘fashionista’ but I wear what I feel most comfortable in, not what someone has told me I should and shouldn’t wear. After all the whole point of being an individual is to be individualistic right? My personal style tends to be elegant and colour co-ordinated but for others their style might be a little more casual. The key to finding your personal style is to have a look into your wardrobe and see what your eyes gravitate towards the most. In my case I always look at my dresses first, which explains why being ‘overdressed’ remains a focal point of my ‘fashion narrative’. In a convoluted way, I guess what I am trying to say is that the reason that ‘finding our own personal style’ is so important is because it shows how we view ourselves, offers a glimpse of our lifestyle and even indicates our ‘personality traits’. Without a distinctive sense of style, you will be seen as someone else in the eyes of strangers because you are presenting yourself as a character that is not really you! Be different, reject the norm and slay that mother****ing runway child.
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