When I think about style images of chic Parisian women in fabulous designer clothes spring to mind, strutting their stuff down the Champs-Elysees, throwing major side-eye like their lives depended on it. That’s just my interpretation and the thing about personal style is that it’s just that – personal. What I deem to be stylish may not even pique the interest of someone of the opposite sex, or someone who is 10 years older/younger than me.
My own personal style was (and still is) a huge evolution. I love fashion, but it hasn’t always been that way. If you told me 10 years ago that I’d be wearing heels and lipstick on a daily basis I would have laughed at you. Me? No way! At uni I had very simple tastes. Some would say that my friends and I were hipsters before there was such a thing. I lived in sneakers and thrift store clothing – the more outlandish the better in my opinion. I dabbled with make-up and accessories but by no means did I think I was fooling anyone into thinking I knew what I was doing. My style back then was effort-less, in that I put no effort (less than zero) into my look at all!
Confidence plays a huge part in our personal style and growing up I always admired women that were “girly” but I didn’t know how I could pull that off or if that even suited me. I believed that because I was a short, chubby girl I wasn’t allowed to wear anything overly feminine or too revealing. I also thought that you needed a fuck-ton of cash to look anywhere near decent. Over the years I’ve come to realize that that’s just nonsense. It wasn’t society that was stopping me from wearing what I wanted, it was me. So if I make my own rules, then I can pretty much change them any time I liked! That thought was so liberating it was like being cast free of my style-less shackles.
From that moment on I looked to all the women (and men) in my life whose style I admired and I emulated what I saw. I became like a magpie and stole all the best pieces and looks that I found to be most appealing. If I liked a certain pair of earrings or hat I tried them all on just to make sure if that was going to be a part of my new style. Certain aspects I’ve kept but a lot of things I’ve let go along the way as they weren’t part of the “new me”.
At this stage in my life I would call my style budget conscious feminine chic with a twist (what that twist is I’m still trying to hone). I don’t think style and fashion are intrinsically linked and as I mentioned, it doesn’t, and shouldn’t have to cost a lot to look fabulous – HELLLOOOOO KMART!! I believe as long as you have a strong sense of self and willing to be a little daring then the real you will come shining through – and that to me is super stylish.
What would you call your style?