Fashion month always brings questions to the forefront of my mind. I find myself actually panicking just thinking about what i would wear if i went, and then the realisation sets in that i’m not going and then i think about the people that are, and whether they are worried about what they’re wearing?? (It’s an endless cycle you see) The topic of style comes up a lot in my mind, most of the time when I’m thinking about if I’m dressed appropriately but that’s another post.. The topic of style comes up when i think about what “style” means, there are certain people who are always described as having a “signature style”, i don’t think i’m one of them, but should i be?
My “style” has taken some questionable turns over the years. Some eras include, the khaki jacket with faux leather sleeves that i wore everyday until the pockets were hanging off, paired with the same skinny black jeans that were too big for me (so instead of being skinny they were baggy at my knees) and a flowery pair of Doc Martens – sort of politics student who’s just read the first chapter of the communist manifesto chic. Oh with lots of plaid .. lots. Previous to this era i was obsessed with Eleanor Calder and copied everything she wore, i couldn’t afford converse so i had £8 fakes from Primark, always worn with a Biker jacket from H&M that i wore to absolute death (are we seeing a pattern here with outerwear?) with some sort of t-shirt / shirt and ankle grazer jeans combo.
After i had finished with both of those periods came the all black era, i was like Queen Victoria in mourning – if it wasn’t black, grey or white i wasn’t wearing it. Here comes my point, (thank god she’s finally getting to it) my style has been and is constantly changing.
Prior to getting that pink biker jacket i could often be heard saying i would “never be seen dead in pink” fast forward and i now own two pink jackets, jumpers, shoes and trousers. Even though my love for pink grew over quite a long time period, i often find when something first pops up on Instagram i’ll be 100% sure i hate it and two weeks later it will have seriously grown on me. I’ve always been aware i go through style phases, they might last a pretty long time but i’ve never been oblivious to that fact i will probably be wearing something different this time next year, and that thought has always made me feel slightly like i’m cheating the system.
It might not make much sense, after all this is one of those posts where i’ve just kind of started writing with a vague idea in my head, but for years i’ve felt like i should have a signature style. My teenage years were filled with pictures of people in magazines with entire captions directly focused around how their outfit is just “them“, or pages dedicated to stealing someone’s style like you should be able to pick up a top and say distinctively whether someone else would wear it or not – but it always left me questioning how people can write about what other people would wear without actually being the person themselves?
Surely even people with the most recognisable style see something completely out of their comfort zone every once in a while and decide they like it? Otherwise it must be pretty boring filling your wardrobe with variations of the same thing.
On the flip side of things, there are pieces in my wardrobe that i wear to this day that were bought in 2014, admittedly most of it has been charity shopped and replaced since then, but there are a few bits that remain. I’ve found my wardrobe is a pretty balanced collection of trend specific pieces that catch my eye, and classic things like jeans, boots and t-shirts that i wear so often they have to be retired to pyjamas.. eventually..
I’ve realised looking back at my style, even though there were many disasters, i almost always look at a past outfit and would still wear at least one thing – there’s consistency in my style but it evolves as trends do too and i don’t think that’s a bad thing. I used to think admitting to sometimes seeing a trend and buying into it meant i had no personal style, but i’ve found my personal style comes into play when you see a trend you like and adapt it to work for yourself.
One day i might wear a flowy flowery blouse, the next day i could be in a biker jacket in denim and later on be recycling something i bought in 2015. I think i’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t actually matter, no matter how often people bang on about capsule wardrobes, style steals or “dressing like a Parisian”.
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