Monday, 21 September 2015

How to Define 'Personal Style'

ZARA cropped shirt, STRADIVARIUS skirt, NEW LOOK heels

I see fashion is a form of physical self-expression, immediately communicating to the beholder an image of the person I am. (Similarly, I regard other people's clothes in the same way - while still aware that not everyone is concerned about how they've matched together their clothes in the morning). Given that it is a visually apparent form of communication, I sometimes feel a little uneasy about my personal style. Picking out something new I may question whether this particular item is in keeping with the rest of my wardrobe, or the style I'm coveting lately. I don't like the idea of being someone who wears everything, unfussy (the opposite of me!), with no real sense of what they like or don't like. This is why I'm always a little confused as to why Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad is held in such high esteem - for me, there is no sense of what she truly likes or dislikes, and her style changes from day to day (or, during fashion month, several times a day!). Someone like Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit or Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow are much more appealing to me, as their style is something I can follow. 

All this said, there is not much wrong with trying something new every so often, as is the case with this floaty vintage inspired skirt from Stradivarius. It's no secret that I gravitate towards minimal dressing, subtle jewellery and on the whole reject patters altogether. This - together with a strong lipstick and a smart overall look, is how I define my personal style. However, there is no harm in digressing every now and then into a look that can make me feel stereotypically feminine and cool. 
Note that the minimalism is still there through barely-there make up and almost non-existent accessories. Some habits die hard. 

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